Carlin enters IndyCar, signs Chilton, Kimball
12 December 2017 – Carlin has announced its move into the IndyCar series in a full-time capacity for the 2018 season, with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball at the wheel.
Carlin, highly successful on the junior motorsport scene, had been linked to IndyCar since joining the Indy Lights feeder category back in 2015.
Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin stated earlier this year that he was edging closer to an IndyCar entry, feeling that "the timing is perfect" for such a move.
An entry has now been confirmed for Carlin to step up to IndyCar, with Chilton and Kimball in its two cars, which will be powered by Chevrolet engines.
"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," commented Carlin.
"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."
Chilton has spent the past two IndyCar seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, recording a best result of fourth at this year's Indianapolis 500, having led until the closing stages.
Kimball, meanwhile, has raced in IndyCar since 2011, also with Chip Ganassi, taking his sole series victory to date at Mid-Ohio in 2013.