Indy Lights team owner Trevor Carlin, a veteran owner in Britain could find himself involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017.
Carlin has confirmed that he has began preliminary talks with team owner Kevin Kalkhoven about entering a partnership with the team for the 2017 season. Kalkhoven is the owner of KVSH Racing in partnership with Jimmy Vasser and James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan with team belonging to Kalkhoven.
Carlin, who entered into the Indy Lights programme, the feeder category to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2015 with former Formula One driver Max Chilton racing for the team in 2015 before moving to Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016.
Carlin has confirmed however that in 2017 his team would not seek to sign Chilton despite the fact that his father is a part owner of Carlin Motorsports but would instead look to sign Chilton in 2018 when the team expanded to a two car operation.
It is believed that a tie in with Kevin Kalkhoven would result in Indy Lights champion Ed Jones receiving a drive. As part of his Indy Lights championship win Jones has won a three race deal in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series including running the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
KVSH Racing has everything in place for a tie in Carlin with the team using Chevrolet engines. The team also has a seat available with Sebastien Bourdais having joined Dale Coyne Racing.
Interestingly when contacted by Paddock Eye last month regarding a potential move by the team to Florida where Carlin are based, a KVSH Racing spokesman said:
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