Conquest Racing has opted to focus on its American Le Mans Series championship ambitions, and instead wind down its IndyCar operation

The Conquest Racing team has called time on its on-off association with the IZOD IndyCar Series. The team has sold its Dallara DW12 IndyCar chassis, and has confirmed it will focus exclusively on its new adventure in the American Le Mans Series.

The Eric Bachelart-owned team has been a mainstay of the Champ Car and IndyCar scene since 2002, although in recent years the team hasn’t had the funding to compete in the IndyCar Series on a full-time basis.

Its last full-time entry came in 2011, and since then, the team has managed a handful of join-venture efforts with Andretti Autosports, fielding Brazilian racer Ana Beatriz.

Conquest Racing's last full-time campaign came with Sebastian Saavedra in 2011In 2012, the outfit also switched its focus to the endurance racing scene, finishing second overall in the LMP2 class in its first year of competition.

On the back of this success, Bachelart has confirmed that his outfit will continue its focus on the ALMS, perhaps even expanding into other categories.

“After considering many scenarios we decided that the time for putting together a competitive programme in IndyCar was running out, and it was better to step back as opposed to creating a last-minute programme that didn’t live up to our standards,” Bachelart confirmed.

“Fighting for the P2 championship with no previous experience was a very positive experience for us, and we proved what we can do as a team.

“We are currently evaluating different programmes for the ALMS in the P2, PC and GTC categories, where we know that once again we can build a championship-winning effort and fight for wins with the rest of the teams out there.”

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