Ferrari could well be back in North American single-seater racing for the first time in decades next year.
No, not that Ferrari. But it could be a case of, meet the new European team, same as the old European team.
Antonio Ferrari, head of the EuroInternational single-seater operation, could be poised to bring that team back to North America in 2016 in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship.
Ferrari, speaking to Autosport’s Marcus Simmons, said a revival of his team from the 1990s in IndyCar and later the Atlantic and Formula BMW championships is on the horizon. Arie Luyendyk was among the drivers in the 1990s for the former Euromotorsport team.
“The economy in America is starting to be very good again,” Ferrari said. “With the new Indy Lights car it can be a good opportunity. I am hiring people in America and by summer we hope to have our first testing to be ready for 2016.”
EuroInternational captured the Formula BMW title in FBMW USA with Robert Wickens in 2006 and Daniel Morad in 2007, FBMW Americas with Alexander Rossi in 2008 and Gabby Chaves in 2009, and also the FBMW Europe title with Felipe Nasr in 2009.
Per the report, Ferrari is also acting as advisor to his former driver Stefano Coletti as he figures out his 2015 plans.
Coletti, the Monegasque GP2 veteran, tested for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in December and is thought to be one of several drivers in contention for the vacant seat alongside James Hinchcliffe.
The EuroInternational team has had a current presence in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.