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Tristan Vautier’s raced more sports car events than you realize

Firestone 550 - Practice

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 07: Tristan Vautier of France , driver of the #55 coastal.com Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Dallara during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Robert Laberge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - French driver Tristan Vautier has made a name for himself in North America in open-wheel, having won the Star Mazda (now Pro Mazda) and Indy Lights titles back-to-back in 2011 and 2012 before jumping into the Verizon IndyCar Series and winning the rookie-of-the-year title in 2013.

That said, to dismiss the 26-year-old Frenchman as merely an open-wheel ace would ignore the history he’s done elsewhere in GT racing, as he prepares for this weekend’s outing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as part of Stevenson Motorsport’s lineup.

Vautier ran a full season in the French GT championship in 2009, where he won once in eight starts.

He’s also made appearances in the Blancpain GT Series, V de V, and two different Prototype classes in IMSA, the Prototype (Mazda Motorsports) and Prototype Challenge (JDC/Miller Motorsports) over the last few years.

Now he’ll share the SunEnergy1-backed No. 9 Audi R8 LMS with Boris Said, Kenny Habul and Dion von Moltke to create one of the more eclectic lineups not just in the GT Daytona class, but the Rolex 24 as a whole.

Vautier ran 11 races last year in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing, and posted a best finish of fourth in Detroit race two.

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