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Éric Bachelart (born 28 February 1961) is a former race car driver and Conquest Racing team owner.[1][2]

Éric Bachelart
Nationality Belgian
Born (1961-02-28) 28 February 1961 (age 58)
Brussels
Champ Car career
24 races run over 2 years
Years active1992, 1995
Team(s)Payton/Coyne Racing
Best finish18th (1992)
First race1992 Daikyo Indy Car Grand Prix (Surfers Paradise)
Last race1995 Miller Genuine Draft 200 (Mid-Ohio
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0

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Racing careerEdit

Bachelart started his racing career in Belgium and ended in the United States. He was a star in Belgian Procar, a national touring car championship, driving for Audi and Peugeot. He did not qualify in European single-seater attempts in the 1988 F3000 season.

In 1991, he became the inaugural Indy Lights champion. He then entered a near-full CART season with the tail-enders team of Dale Coyne, simultaneously racing in the Belgian Procar series. His highest CART finish was seventh. He failed to qualify for the 1993 Indianapolis 500. After the 1995 CART season, again only racing when his Belgian Procar schedule allowed it, he ended his single-seater career.

In 1996, he entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for Belgium in a Ferrari 333SP. He also raced in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the Peugeot 806 multi-purpose vehicle). After this season, he concluded his racing career, with the exception of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1998 and 2000 .

Team ownershipEdit

Bachelart founded the Conquest Racing team in 1997, initially running in the Indy Lights championship. The team raced Laurent Rédon in the 2002 Indy Racing League (IRL). The team switched to Champ Car, a cheaper series after Honda and Toyota switched to the IRL. Mario Haberfeld raced for the team in 2003. Future F1 driver Tiago Monteiro raced in a satellite team ran by Emerson Fittipaldi.

England's Justin Wilson joined for 2004, ran from mid-season by Nelson Philippe. For 2005, they ran Philippe and Andrew Ranger, one of the youngest teams in the championship's history. Ranger was partnered by Dutchman Charles Zwolsman for 2006. In 2007, Bachelart signed young New Zealander Matt Halliday to his Champ Car entry for four races. Halliday was then replaced by Jan Heylen. The team moved to the IRL as a result of open-wheel unification.

In 2012, Conquest left IndyCar and joined the American Le Mans Series with a Morgan-Nissan LMP2 prototype.

In 2016, Bachelart became managing director of Scuderia Corsa.

In 2018, Bachelart and Alexandre Prémat co-founded Quest Racing to compete at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Racing recordEdit

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1988 Spirit/TOM's Racing JER
VAL
PAU
SIL
MNZ
PER
BRH
BIR
BUG
DNQ
ZOL
DNQ
DIJ
NC 0

American Open WheelEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1992 Coyne  
SRF
Ret
 
PHX
13
 
LBH
8
 
INDY
Ret
 
DET
7
 
POR
16
 
MIL
13
 
NHM
 
TOR
Ret
 
MIS
Ret
 
CLE
17
 
ROA
Ret
 
VAN
DNS
 
MDO
Ret
 
NZR
DNQ
 
LS
Ret
18th 11
1993 Coyne  
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
INDY
DNQ
 
MIL
 
DET
 
POR
 
CLE
 
TOR
 
MIS
 
NHM
 
ROA
 
VAN
 
MDO
 
NZR
 
LS
NC 0
1995 Payton/Coyne  
MIA
Ret
 
SRF
Ret
 
PHX
18
 
LBH
7
 
NZR
 
INDY
Ret
 
MIL
 
DET
Ret
 
POR
19
 
ROA
11
 
TOR
Ret
 
CLE
Ret
 
MIS
 
MDO
16
 
NHM
 
VAN
 
LS
23rd 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Un nouveau châssis, ça coûte cher 2007 "Éric Bachelart, copropriétaire de Conquest Racing, explique à Radio-Canada Sports ce que représente l'arrivée du nouveau châssis Panoz pour son équipe."
  2. ^ IRL: A much closer field for 2009 1-20-2009 by Luc Fradette "Conquest Racing team boss Éric Bachelart is one of those who are optimistic and he truly believes the field will be much closer in 2009, now that teams such as his are fully up to speed."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Tracy
Indy Lights Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Robbie Buhl