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IndyCar: Financially strapped Tristan Vautier would ''really like'' a sportscar break

2013 IndyCar rookie of the year Tristan Vautier could be switching to sportscar racing if he cannot find a seat in IndyCar.

The Frenchman was dropped by Schmidt Peterson at the end of his rookie season to be replaced by Russian Mikhail Aleshin, and is now having a hard time finding another seat without substantial backing.

"There are really no seats available unless you're bringing a significant budget," Vautier is quoted saying by British magazine Autosport.

Although his first choice would be to stay in IndyCar, the 24-year-old is now trying to secure a seat with Mazda to race a prototype in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

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Mazda's SKYACTIV prototype (Photo:

He already tested the car at Daytona.

"The test went well," he also told Autosport.

"They've already got their full-time drivers but they still need co-drivers for the longer races, and I'd really like to be involved with them this season. But we'll see."