Max Chilton joins Carlin with eye on IndyCar for 2016


Former Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton has joined Carlin Racing in the U.S., with an eye on competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016.

The Englishman has not yet been confirmed for a program in 2015, but will test in one of the team’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires chassis next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for all three days.

“I’m very excited to be assisting Carlin in the USA,” Chilton said in a release. “While I’m still considering my options for 2015, the IndyCar package presents an interesting challenge and by assisting with the development of the Indy Lights team I’m keeping my options open for an IndyCar program in 2016 based on a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. Hopefully I can also help the guys at Carlin get as much as possible out of their first season in the USA.”

Added team boss Trevor Carlin, “We are very excited to embark on a long-term program in America and to have Max involved in that from the very start will make us a strong package. This season is very much about finding our feet as a team in the USA and Max’s experience will be invaluable to that. For Max we see 2015 very much as a chance to prepare him for a successful potential debut in IndyCar in 2016 and it made sense to help each other in those preparations.”

Chilton completed the full 2013 and all 2014 races in which Marussia competed, and opened with a finishing streak of 25 consecutive Grands Prix running before failing to finish for the first time.

Carlin has confirmed Ed Jones as its first driver for 2015.