IndyCar rookie Vautier fined $10,000, put on probation

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Tristan Vautier has been fined $10,000 and put on probation by INDYCAR after getting into the back of Graham Rahal in yellow-flag conditions during yesterday’s qualifying session in Baltimore.

Vautier violated Rules 9.3.3.1 (aggressive actions and/or unsportsmanlike behavior toward other members) and 7.2.2.1.b (reduced speed under yellow conditions) of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook. His probation period will end following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Toward the end of yesterday’s first-round of qualifying for Group 2, Rahal found the tire barriers at Turn 8 and was then hit from behind by Vautier.

The incident caused a red flag, which meant Rahal lost his two fastest laps. But Vautier was not penalized at the time and went on to the Firestone Fast Six.

Kyle Kaiser to step up to IndyCar with Juncos Racing

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Kyle Kaiser will make his step up for his initial four-race program into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the team that’s brought him all his success in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires: Juncos Racing.

The 21-year-old American will race at next year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix along with two other races in the 2018 season, as his reward for winning this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the $1 million Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship that comes with it.

At the moment the plan is just for a partial season as both driver and team are new to IndyCar. Kaiser hasn’t yet tested an IndyCar and Ricardo Juncos’ team made its debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

More to follow.