Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan has reportedly set his sights on IndyCar, following the demise of the HRT team.
As a return to Formula 1 is highly improbable, the Indian driver told Autosport Magazine that he is considering a switch to the IZOD IndyCar Series. 36-year-old Karthikeyan is a race winner in British F3, A1GP, Superleague and the Dallara-Nissan World Series and had two stints in Formula 1, one with Jordan in 2005 and another with HRT (2011 – 2012). The Indian told Autosport he’d rather remain in open-wheel racing.
“Up until now, the focus has been on F1, but now is the time to look seriously at alternatives. I want to continue to race single-seaters and, outside of F1, IndyCar is the best option,” Karthikeyan told Autosport. The racing driver has a partial budget to bring from longtime sponsor Tata Motors and said he could strike a deal with an IndyCar team if there’s an opportunity that would provide sufficient preparation.
“Getting a test would be a good first step and a chance to adapt to the car and see where we are. I know there aren’t dozens of paid IndyCar drives, but it’s a big series and it’s growing, so there’s the chance to race professionally after the first year. We’re still just talking for now,” Karthikeyan said.