IndyCar hasn’t seen too many new teams enter its series in recent years, but one of Europe’s top single-seater operations could be considering an entry down the line: Trevor Carlin’s team.
The owner of the veteran operation in GP2, GP3, World Series by Renault and Formula 3 in the European ladder system visited Houston this past weekend and told Autosport’s Mark Glendenning a potential IndyCar entry may be in the cards.
“[IndyCar] is not on the short-term horizon, but as a team we’re still ambitious, and Formula 1 is not realistic in any way whatsoever, and we’re sort of running out of championships to do in Europe,” Carlin explained, essentially doing a process of elimination on European series.
He may look at an Indy Lights entry first, although that series won’t have a new car until 2015.
In terms of new IndyCar team entries, within the last five years, ex-drivers Bryan Herta, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher have all started their own operations. Jay Penske also rebranded his operation as Dragon Racing in 2011 after the parting of ways with prior partners Steve Luczo and Gil de Ferran.
But the last “new blood” potential owner – GRAND-AM’s Michael Shank – couldn’t gain an engine lease throughout 2012 after several stumbling blocks. Shank sold his chassis which he had purchased.