Tristan Vautier's lap times will be the target this week as the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie competes in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Vautier, 23, who will drive the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 4, will gain additional experience on the road course in a Quantum Racing Services Van Diemen Honda. He'll also participate July 31 in an IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at the venue.
"Not knowing the track, it's a great chance for me to get to learn it before our IndyCar weekend and I can't thank Quantum Racing Services enough for this opportunity," said Vautier, the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion and 2011 Pro Mazda champion. "It's going to be exciting to drive a car with no wings again, I'm sure I will have a lot of fun, and knowing the car will be prepared by a team who knows success in the series is amazing."
Among the competitors will be Vautier's girlfriend, Ayla Agren, who is a regular F1600 competitor.
Brabham's winning streak ends at seven; Blackstock wins first
Matthew Brabham, who won seven consecutive Pro Mazda Championship races in an Andretti Autosport car, finished third in the July 20 race at Mosport in Canada.
Teammate Shelby Blackstock was runner-up to Spencer Pigot, who claimed his first series victory of the season in the Team Pelfrey car. In the second race, Blackstock collected his first victory.
The Race of Champions will be held again in Bangkok, Thailand, on Dec. 14-15. IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay competed in the event at Rajamangala Stadium last year. ... McLaren Eletronic Systems, which supplies the IZOD IndyCar Series with control and data systems for the Dallara cars, was presented the Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in international trade. ... Axcil Jefferies is scheduled to test a Bryan Herta Autosport Firestone Indy Lights car July 24 at Putnam Park (Ind.). ... IZOD IndyCar Series race winner Mike Conway co-drove to fourth place (third in class) in the American Le Mans Series race in Mosport. He was subbing for the injured Ryan Briscoe (fractured right wrist).