In a bizarre game of musical chairs, the man who qualified James Davison's car will now race what was to be Carlos Huertas' car
INDIANAPOLIS - In one of the most bizarre turn of events in Indianapolis 500 driver roster history, Tristan Vautier, who qualified James Davison's car, will now race alongside him in Carlos Huertas' car.
Vautier qualified in 21st position and was supposed to be racing a Blancpain GT car this weekend. Instead, he will replace Huertas in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. Huertas, who has just one previous start in the 500, was set to start the race from 18th on the grid.
Huertas is out of the car due to medical reasons. Motorsport.com has learned that it is an issue with his inner ear.
Vautier is a 25-year-old French racer and finished 16th in his lone Indy 500 start for Schmidt Peterson in 2013. He was at O'Hare airport getting ready to fly to his race at Silverstone when he got the call.
An Indy 500 driver qualifying someone else's car and racing another is likely an unprecedented event, although it's yet to be confirmed if it's ever happened before. The last row will now consist of both Dale Coyne cars and Ryan Briscoe, subbing for an injured James Hinchcliffe.