Carlin Racing are ready to start a new chapter this weekend as they make their Verizon IndyCar Series race debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The Chevrolet powered outfit led by Englishman Trevor Carlin move up from the Indy Lights championship with former Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton.
Kimball is excited to be heading to St Petersburg and speaking ahead of the new season, the driver of the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet commented by saying:
I’m so ready to be heading to St. Pete for the 2018 season opener! I feel like a lifetime has passed since the checkered flag in Sonoma last year. In the span of six days back in December, we went from a real low – the Thomas Fire affecting my family’s home and ranch in California – to the high of announcing a new deal with Carlin and a 10th season partnered with Novo Nordisk. Then it was back to the reality of rebuilding from the ground up, both at and away from the track. Out in California, I was getting my hands dirty, installing irrigation equipment for the avocado orchard, and with Carlin, I was learning to work with a new group of people and of course the ins and outs of a new car. We had a few test days last week and while time is always limited, I think the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet will be in the mix once we hit the track this weekend. I’ve set high expectations for myself, and I know (team principal) Trevor (Carlin) and the team didn’t join the Verizon IndyCar Series just to make up the numbers-they want to win, too.
Max Chilton is excited to be re-united with the team that he made his American racing debut with when the pair teamed up in the Indy Lights championship. Chilton who drive the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet commented by saying:
I’m really excited to be starting a new season in the Verizon IndyCar Series with a new team and a returning partner in Gallagher. I have 100 percent confidence in what Carlin can do as a team, and I’m just glad to be back onboard with them for the 2018 season. St. Pete is such a great street circuit that really offers top-notch racing for both the drivers and the fans, and it doesn’t hurt that the city itself is so welcoming. I’m looking forward to getting the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet back out on track in St. Pete and hopefully bringing a good result back to Carlin for their first Indy car race.