Tristan Vautier caught the motorsport bug at age 4 when his father, Eric, who had just set up the Laquais circuit, let him try his hand at karting. Five years later, Vautier asked him for a proper racing kart and a few days after his 10th birthday he took part in his first race.
At the start it was a hobby, but little by little he got caught up in the sport and in his first-ever full competitive season, he picked up his first title as Champion of the Rhône Alpes League, which he won again in 2002. He did his first laps in a car behind the wheel of a Formula Ford at the age of 13 at the Laquais circuit.
Vautier earned the 2011 Star Mazda championship and the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights title before moving up to the IndyCar Series.
He is fluent in French and English. He enjoys all types of sports, especially mountain biking, running and cross-country skiing.
Having grown up as a race fan, Pippa Mann began her motorsport career in Europe, before moving to the States in 2009 to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. There she became the first female in history to win a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and only the second woman ever to win an Indy Lights race. In 2011, Mann became the eighth woman in history to qualify for and race in the Indianapolis 500, and the first British female to do so, and in 2013 she made her return to the Indy 500 field, this time with Dale Coyne Racing. In addition to her racing commitments, the British driver is a regular voice on IMS Radio Network’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and has made guest appearances as co-presenter for NBCSN’s television coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights series. Mann also works with young and upcoming female drivers through her association with Glass Hammer Racing – an organization created to encourage the interest and participation of young women in motorsport.