Carlin to become the first British team to compete in IndyCar
Surrey-based squad will join the grid in 2018
By William Esler
Last Updated: 12/12/17 2:41pm
British motorsport team Carlin will expand into IndyCar in 2018 with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball their driver pairing.
The Surrey-based team entered the Indy Lights support category in 2015, winning both the drivers' and teams' titles in their second season.
And next season they will become the first British team in IndyCar, running the series spec Dallara DW12 chassis teamed with a Chevrolet engine.
"We're delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series, the result of a long-term ambition of the team," Team Principal Trevor Carlin said.
"With drivers we already have a race winning history in Max and Charlie, is beyond what we could have expected. By no means do we underestimate the challenge and competition that lies ahead, but I have great faith in the young and passionate team that our Team Manager Colin [Hale] and I have put together."
Chilton made the move to racing in America with Carlin in Indy Lights in 2015 and rejoins the team after two years in IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing.
"Today's announcement brings so much joy to everyone involved in making this a reality. Carlin being the first British team to enter the Verizon IndyCar Series in the modern era is a result of a lot of hard work and ambition following the team's move into American racing a few years ago," Chilton said.
"I am super excited for 2018 as Carlin is like family to me. Having raced with them on and off since 2009 and having had my most competitive years with the team, I know we can work toward great things in IndyCar. The Verizon IndyCar Series is exceptionally competitive, but the introduction of the new aero package will help level the playing field slightly.
"I know that finding the maximum in a spec series like this is where Carlin really excels."
In addition to their IndyCar expansion, Carlin will also return to the Formula 2 grid in 2018.