IndyCar: Carroll will make his debut at Watkins Glen
By Andy Darley
Friday, May 28th, 2010
A1GP champion Adam Carroll will make his IndyCar debut at Watkins Glen during the 4th of July weekend – and says he feels right at home in America, away from the “cut-throat” world of European racing.
The Portadown racer, a veteran of GP2 and an ex-F1 tester, was signed for a partial schedule in the main American single-seater series by Andretti Autosport, whose owner Michael Andretti ran the American opposition to his Irish team in A1GP.
In a press conference during the build-up to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 the team announced he would make his debut at the historic Watkins Glen circuit, sited in upstate New York and a former venue for the United States Grand Prix.
At least two more outings are planned, the Andretti-owned Honda Indy Toronto and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, with more to come if sponsorship can be found.
Carroll said: “It’s a great way to start my career in America, it couldn’t be any better. I’ve waited a long time and I’m eventually here, so it’s all happening.”
Talking later to blogger Chris Estrada of Indy Racing Revolution, he said: “An IndyCar is just about the only car I actually haven’t driven yet, it’s a car I’ve been wanting to get into for a long time, and I’m looking forward to it.
“Coming from Europe, it’s completely cut-throat there. It doesn’t matter really how much talent you’ve got. it’s all to do with money. To come here is like a breath of fresh air.
“I’m working with some good people, I felt comfortable right away. I think that is one of the things that really helped this deal come together. This team are the ultimate professionals and really good people.”
Andretti said: “We’re excited to have Adam on board. We’ve been watching him for some time and think he is a real talent. Even more important, he’s a great guy.
“When you have a team the size of ours you have to have the right personalities, and I think Adam is going to be perfect for that. He fits right in with our family. I can’t wait to get him in the race car.”
Sponsorship will come from a returning Andretti backer, Boost Mobile, which will also have some space on Danica Patrick’s car in the Indy 500.
The team re-stated its aim to run Carroll as an extra driver and not as a replacement for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who currently lacks the funding to complete the season despite being fourth in the championship.