Carlin could make Indianapolis 500 entry in 2016


The Carlin team are looking into entering this year’s Indianapolis 500, providing it can set up a programme with an existing team to assist them.

Carlin have ambitions to move into the Verizon IndyCar Series, and have three entries in 2016 in the supporting Indy Lights championship for Felix Serralles, Ed Jones and Neil Alberico, with a fourth car not impossible for some races.

But having set up a new facility in Florida to aid the American side of its extensive operations, Carlin are seeking an early entry into IndyCar, with the 100th running of the Indy 500 their preference.

“We’d be ready to help and can put a great team together for someone if it happens,” said team owner Trevor Carlin to Racer.com. “The aspiration for IndyCar is still there, and we like to do things in a step by step manner.

“We’ve made a commitment to America, we’ve expanded from two Indy Lights cars last year to three and have the ability to run a fourth, and we’ve now moved into our own facility in Florida in Delray Beach, so from that perspective, all we’ve done is grow and build our program here to keep moving the team forward.

“If we were able to begin a relationship with IndyCar at Indianapolis this year, it would be fantastic, and even if that does not work out, it is still our goal to enter the series as soon as it is feasible to do so.”