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Tristan Vautier joins Sam Schmidt's IndyCar team

Updated: January 29, 2013, 3:49 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANPOLIS, Ind. -- Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier is stepping up to the IndyCar Series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

The signing announced Tuesday makes Sam Schmidt's organization a two-car IndyCar Series team. Vautier will team with Simon Pagenaud, last year's IndyCar rookie of the year.

The two French drivers worked together in December during a test at Sebring.

Vautier won his debut race in Indy Lights last season en route to the championship, and did the same ...

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