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IndyCar: French drivers lead the way at Sonoma

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Khatir Soltani
Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Motorsports) proved once again that he was a fast driver by leading a 1-2-3 sweep for France at the IndyCar test at Sonoma.

Vautier ramked first ahead of the Chevy-powered Dragon Racing entry of Sebastien Bourdais and his teammate Simon Pagenaud.

“I didn’t set any expectations for myself before. Before that last run, I was a bit further off, so the good lap at the end was a big step, which was good, but none of these times count when the season starts,” said Vautier.

The French trio was followed by Tony Kanaan who lost the morning session after a fire broke out in the engine bay of his KV Racing Chevy.

Panther DRR’s Oriol Servia finished fifth followed by Dragon Racing’s Sebastian Saavedra, KV’s Simona de Silvestro, Panther Racing’s JR Hildebrand and Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing).
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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