- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Baguette Signs With Conquest

In a somewhat of a surprising move, Belgian driver Bertrand Baguette has signed on to run full-time with Conquest Racing beginning at Barber Motorsports Park on April 11th. Bertrand, who was rumored to to join Conquest at Indianapolis for a run at the Borg Warner, will pilot the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium’s (RACB) branded Honda-Powered Dallara. The RACB is the Belgian motorsports governing body.

“I have always been attracted to racing in America. American open wheel has a rich heritage in competitive races and legendary drivers, and I couldn’t be happier about following in their footsteps. Racing in the US is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am excited about entering into this next step of my career.

I am looking forward to the 15 races this year with the IndyCar series and I am thankful to the sponsors and for the support of the RACB National Team that have made this possible. I will carry the yellow color of the Belgian National Team with dignity and pride, especially during the legendary Indianapolis 500. To run this race in front of 400,000 spectators will undoubtedly be a big moment of emotion for me as a driver and Belgian countryman. I will be counting on the experience of my new team owner, Eric Bachelart, to help me enter successfully into this new world of racing." - Bertrand Baguette

"I am completely confident in the capacities of Bertrand to quickly adapt to the IZOD IndyCar Series car and the North America road and street circuits. I followed his 2009 season and was impressed by the excellent degree of competitiveness and maturity he showcased on his way to becoming Formula Renault 3.5 Champion. Because of his ability to adapt well to new formula, I am confident that he will also learn the art of oval track racing relatively quickly.

I am really looking forward to becoming more familiar with him during the upcoming race in St. Petersburg. It will be good for Bertrand to be able to attend an event, understand the communication between driver and team and get acclimated to IZOD IndyCar Series racing without the pressure of also having to learn the cars on the same weekend. This should make Bertrand’s debut event at Barber much smoother for him and for the team.” - Team Owner, Eric Bachelart

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