Carlin Racing ended months of speculation on Tuesday as they officially confirmed they will move into the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018.
Trevor Carlin announced that he will field a two car team powered by Chevrolet.
Former Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton will drive for the team in 2018. Speaking about the news, Kimball said:
What an exciting future for my racing career for this year. “I have a lot of respect for Trevor as a team owner, as a successful team owner and just a great person to work in racing with. To now have Novo Nordisk as a partner with this new endeavor and a new team and to be teammates with Max again, I’m really excited. I don’t underestimate how much work there is because there is a lot of work to do.”
Max Chilton returns to the team where he made his American open wheel debut in 2015 and speaking about his move the English man stated:
I feel like I’ve learned a lot now and I’m going to be bringing that over to Carlin, which haven’t done INDYCAR yet and have a lot to learn in that series “The good thing which gives me a lot of excitement and joy is Carlin is a team which really excels in a one-make series, and I think it’s hard to disagree that INDYCAR next year is not going to be far from a one-make series. Everyone’s basically got the same machinery apart from the engines … and I think this is where Carlin excels, so I can’t wait.”
Kimball and Chilton will be reunited with Chevrolet having driven with Honda power at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017.
Speaking about his step up to the Verizon IndyCar Series, team owner Trevor Carlin said:
We’re delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series, the result of a long-term ambition of the team. “To be joined on that journey in our debut season by brands such as Gallagher and Novo Nordisk, and with drivers we already have a race-winning history with in Max and Charlie, is beyond what we could have expected. By no means do we underestimate the challenge and competition that lies ahead, but I have great faith in the young and passionate team that our team manager Colin (Hale) and I have put together.”