Frenchman Vautier Returns to IndyCar Series for Detroit Grand Prix

    Versailles, France, [Current Date] – Tristan Vautier, the 34-year-old Frenchman, is set to make a comeback to the NTT IndyCar Series this weekend as he takes the wheel of the Honda-powered No. 51 entry for Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) at the Detroit Grand Prix.

    Vautier’s Previous IndyCar Experience

    The upcoming outing will mark Vautier’s return to IndyCar racing since 2017, when he was called upon by DCR to substitute for the injured Sebastien Bourdais at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished 16th. The last time Vautier raced with DCR in Detroit was in 2013, when the series raced at the nearby Belle Isle circuit as part of a doubleheader weekend. Vautier finished 17th in the first race before securing a career-best fourth-place result in the second race.

    “It’s been a while since I’ve been in an Indy car, but I’m very much looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend and to be discovering the Detroit track,” he said. “Coming back to Dale Coyne Racing is like coming back to family, and I want to thank Dale and Falcon Motorsport for giving me this opportunity.”

    Vautier’s Recent Motorsports Success

    Vautier, who has 31 career IndyCar starts, including 12 with Dale Coyne Racing, is eager to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car. The Frenchman has found success in recent years in sportscar racing, competing in the IMSA Sportscar Championship, the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). In 2021, he was part of the team that led JDC-Miller MotorSports to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring, and he secured two podium finishes with the team in 2022 at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

    Upcoming Schedule

    Vautier’s first taste of Indy car racing this weekend will come during the opening practice session on Friday, May 31 at 3pm ET. Qualifying will follow on Saturday, June 1 at 12:45pm ET, and the green flag for the Detroit Grand Prix will wave at 12:45pm ET on Sunday, June 2. Coverage for the race will begin on USA Network starting at Noon ET.

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