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Driver Carlos Huertas has been ruled out of the Indianapolis 500 with an inner ear condition, according to Dr. Terry Trammell, INDYCAR medical consultant. Huertas will have to undergo further evaluation before being cleared to return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition.
Huertas was scheduled to start 18th in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. Tristan Vautier, the 2012 Indy Lights champion and 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year who qualified the No. 19 Coyne entry for the “500″ May 17 while filling in for James Davison, was named to replace Huertas in the No. 18 car.
“It was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions,” Vautier said on Friday after Carb Day practice. “I knew if James was getting the deal with them, I would qualify (the car). That was the first good news.
“Then, yeah, on this one, it’s not really the way you want to get back in the car, honestly. I think Carlos deserves to be racing because he did a really good job in qualifying and on practice. Obviously you can’t help but be excited to start your second Indy 500.”