Gommendy to contest Indy 500 with SPM
12 September 2017 – Tristan Gommendy will contest the 2018 Indianapolis 500 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, supported by Calmels Sport, it was announced on Tuesday.
French racer Gommendy, 38, currently competes in the World Endurance Championship (LMP2), and finished third overall at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He has previously competed in Champ Car, the GP2 Series (now Formula 2), World Series by Renault, Formula Renault and French Formula 3.
"Competing in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true; it was a career goal when I was racing in Champ Car," said Gommendy.
"Even though I grew up driving open-wheel cars, everything is completely new when you get to Indy. The Speedway and this race demand a lot of respect.
"Racing at 230 mph with four 90° turns is far from the European motorsport culture. I know I'll have to work very hard to get ready for next May.
"The first steps, including my first simulator test, went well, but much more work needs to be done.
"In the United States, everything is possible... provided you earn your spot."
Gommendy will pilot a blue, white and red No. 77 Honda, in honour of his native country, at next year's 500, following completion of his IndyCar rookie orientation programme.
His first oval test has been scheduled for October.