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Friday, April 30, 2010

Carroll Joins Andretti, But In What Car?

Former A1GP champion Adam Carroll will join esteemed IZOD IndyCar Series team Andretti Autosport for a limited schedule of races in the second half of the 2010 season.

Carroll's name had come up in the rumor mill earlier this season as a potential IndyCar driver after talks with two Formula 1 teams fell through. He had not been linked to any potential teams.

In 2005 and 2006, Carroll ran full-time schedules in the GP2 Series, the Formula 1 equivalent to Firestone Indy Lights. He finished 5th and 8th in points, respectively. In 2007, he missed the first few rounds of the season, but still managed to finish 7th in points, winning twice. Overall, Carroll scored five wins in GP2 Series competition.

He moved to A1GP for the 2008-09 season, racing for his native country of Ireland. Despite a disastrous opening round at the Netherlands, Carroll rebounded by scoring points in all but one race over the rest of the year. He won five races, including a sweep of the sprint and feature races at Brands Hatch, to secure the championship.

While Andretti has not announced sponsorship or a car assignment yet, Carroll may take over the No. 37 car when Ryan Hunter-Reay's sponsorship runs out. Hunter-Reay will race through Texas, and then return for the Toronto event and the season finale at Homestead. If Hunter-Reay finds sponsorship, however, Carroll will likely take over the No. 43 car that John Andretti is driving this month.

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