Former IndyCar driver Robbie Buhl and business partner Robert Citrone have announced their intent to field a new NTT IndyCar Series team.
Citrone/Buhl Autosport will debut in May at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, attempt to qualify for the Indy 500, and do so in partnership with an existing team. The identity of the team’s driver also awaits confirmation.
“We’ll share more next week, and we’re not buying everything ourselves and doing it ourselves to start,” Buhl (pictured above) told RACER. “It will be with a current team, and my partner and I are excited to get back to IndyCar where I see a lot of good things are happening. The timing is right.”
Citrone/Buhl Autosport is comprised of Citrone, founder of Discovery Capital Management, and his son Nick, plus Tom and Robbie Buhl.
After retiring from the cockpit in 2004, Buhl stayed on with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team where he partnered on the ownership side with Dennis Reinbold through 2013. Reinbold’s Chevy-powered team, which will field two cars for the Indy 500, has no affiliation with Buhl’s new effort.
The headline of the release announcing the program on the team’s website began ‘Un-retired?’, which seemed to suggest the 56-year-old Buhl — the 1992 Indy Lights champion who made 78 starts across the CART IndyCar Series, Indy Racing League, and IndyCar Series — was considering a return to the cockpit.
“Oh, no!” Buhl said with a laugh. “That means we’re un-retiring from being at the Indianapolis 500. I’m too blind to drive!”
Note: this story has been updated to include comments from Buhl that were unavailable at the original time of publishing.