The Indy Lights series team Fan Force United fielded an entry for Jean Alesi in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with backing from Lotus and sponsorship from F. P. Journe. The Dallara DW12 car was a Lotus test chassis and the team hired Buddy Lazier as a driving coach. Alesi, who was 47 at that time, became the oldest professional driver to perform the rookie test for admission to the competition. The Lotus engine manufactured by John Judd was underpowered and caused Alesi to have safety concerns. He qualified last with a speed of 210.094 miles across four laps and was over 16 mph slower than pole speed. Alesi’s car along with that of fellow Lotus driver Simona de Silvestro, was so severely underpowered as to be unable to maintain sufficient pace in the race. Alesi and de Silvestro were black flagged after 9 laps for running 15 mph slower than the leaders, in violation of the 105 percent limit. In addition, Alesi was penalized 2 laps for ignoring the black flag, which dropped him to last as he had been in front of de Silvestro when they were both black flagged. This scale models is the Formula143 special conversion of Auto World production model.
|2012||IndyCar Series||Indianapolis 500|
|Jean Alesi||64||Lotus–Fan Force United|
|Dallara DW12 (IR12)||Lotus||Lotus / F.P. Journe|