Recent Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan has been mentioned as a possible candidate to turn his attention from Europe to focus on an IndyCar Series program in North America, but tells RACER he’ll hold off on making any decisions until after his first test is completed.
“The chances of continuing in Formula 1 became very hard for me with the high costs and the unrealistic chance of earning good results, so I began racing in Auto GP which I enjoy, but I am intrigued by IndyCar and want to see what the cars are like.
“I know some people that drive in IndyCar, and they tell me the downforce is quite good and they are very demanding to drive, so I will test one after the season has finished to understand if this is a direction to take my career.”
Karthikeyan would not divulge who he has been speaking to about testing, but the 36-year-old Indian believes he could hold his own if he were to join the series.
“I’ve been competitive against guys like [Takuma] Sato and [Justin] Wilson, so I’m confident I could do the same in IndyCar racing,” he said. “If you want to race competitively in single-seaters, it’s very competitive and a high-profile series to consider. And it has not been dominated by the top two teams, so that’s encouraging.
“There are good teams to speak to that can provide a winning car. If you have a good test, maybe you can get picked up by a good team, although I know some backing will be required.”
With two wins so far in 2013, Karthikeyan currently sits fourth in the Auto GP standings and says he enjoys the chance to show his talent in a series where parity is championed.
“I’ve always done well in [spec] cars, and I’m winning again in Auto GP, so let’s see where this leads with the [IndyCar] test. I think some good things could come from it.”