With two words “In Indianapolis” followed by a smiley face, Sam Bird may have given away a clue he’s looking at a Verizon IndyCar Series seat for 2015.
Bird tweeted this on Tuesday night, and frankly there’s no reason for a young driver from across the pond to tweet “In Indianapolis” if there isn’t some intention of looking to explore teams.
It would also follow nicely after this tweet from Monday saying he was off to America:
The talented Englishman, who was part of Mercedes’ driver development program in F1 that ultimately amounted to a road to nowhere after finishing second in GP2 last year, has since gone onto racing in other disciplines.
He scored the GTE-Am class pole in an AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, and has also raced in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and FIA Formula E Championship this season.
Bird has made public overtones of wanting an IndyCar seat before, and his name was rumored to be on the list of possible drivers at Chip Ganassi Racing this time last year following Dario Franchitti’s medically enforced retirement.
Where could he fit? Schmidt Peterson Motorsports could have an opening at its second car if Mikhail Aleshin either is unable to recover from his injuries/disinterested in returning to the series or his funding falls through.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan and Bryan Herta Autosport are also based in Indianapolis and while RLL will have a full-season effort for Graham Rahal, it did run a second car part-time in eight races this year. Herta seeks a full-season replacement for Jack Hawksworth, who is expected to be confirmed at A.J. Foyt Enterprises later Wednesday.
If not IndyCar, of note, Nissan’s new U.S. base for its new LMP1 program is based at Gerry Forsythe’s old shop in Indianapolis. So that could be on the radar as well.