Young French ace Tristan Vautier has declared that he's aiming for a full-time IndyCar ride in 2016.
"We're having discussions now, and I really hope to stay with Dale Coyne," Vautier told Motorsport.com. "I was very happy to be invited back this week, as it was the first time I'd had a full test day with the team.
"Last year we never had that chance and the weekends would just go by so fast, we could not afford the time to experiment. The risks of going in the wrong direction were too big. At Road America, just one day of testing made a big difference. We got to try a lot of different things and found things about the car. We understood a lot more. It was really good."
"I don't know if Dale is doing the Sebring test and if he is, I don't know if he wants to run me, but I'm not going to rush him to make a decision," said Vautier who has excelled at every step on the junior open-wheel ladder, culminating in winning Pro Mazda and Indy Lights in back-to-back seasons, 2011-'12.
"But I've been so happy racing with Dale Coyne Racing this season, I think I've gained his trust, the team had good chemistry and we've been building momentum.
"I do like to do sports cars on the side, and I'm going to Petit Le Mans for discussions, but I love IndyCar and I think the continuity of myself and Dale staying together would be a really good thing. There's a lot of potential that we haven't shown yet."