The 2012 IZOD IndyCar champion topped the Firestone Fast Six competitors to secure the pole in his Andretti Autosport Dallara with Chevrolet power.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports tested Vautier, while A. J. Foyt Racing auditioned Connor Daly.
2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier kept a secret during the recent Rolex 24 Hours event in Daytona, FL. The Frenchman moved up to IndyCar for the 2013 season.
Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, and Chevrolet receive 2012 awards in Indianapolis. During the night of celebration, Indy Lights title winner Tristan Vautier received his prize and the Greg Moore Legacy Award.
35 entries to vie for 33 spots in 2013 field
The IZOD IndyCar racers are at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and today was practice as they fine-tuned their racing machines prior to qualifying tomorrow.
The Davey Hamilton and Sam Schmidt partnership was so successful last year, they have agreed to do it again for 2013. This year Pagenaud will have Tristan Vautier as a teammate.
Jack Hawksworth was the fastest of the Indy Lights racers. INDYCAR adds point-of-reference "courtesy zones" to the outside edges of each pit box
It's a rags to riches story that could only happen in America, and it's a home-grown Hoosier whom is becoming a legend in his own time who has written it.
Simon Pagenaud, secured the 21st spot on the starting grid on the first day of qualifying.
Vaulier gets his first opportunity to drive one of Sam Schmidt's bigger cars this week under the watchful eye of Simon Pagenaud
Earlier today, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced it has signed 2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier to drive a second full-time IZOD IndyCar Series entry in 2013.
Simon Pagenaud believes focusing on tire management is crucial before race day in the Streets of Long Beach.
Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier advanced from the first round of knockout-style qualifying to fight their way to the Firestone Fast 6 in Round 2.
All four rookies assigned to cars this month - Conor Daly, AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier - have completed ROP. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch also completed ROP on Thursday, May 9.
Vautier advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 at St. Pete; qualifies sixth in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara Honda while Pagenaud in the Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Dallara will start the season opener in 19th.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers suffered numerous of incidents through the race
Tristan Vautier and Simon Pagenaud will return to action in the IZOD IndyCar Series on August 4th for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Competition has been fierce at the 2.385-mile permanent road course as teams began with an open test Wednesday and push through to Sunday's race.
Pagenaud to start 13th in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama