Ex-Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton plans IndyCar with Carlin in 2016

Former Marussia Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will link up with Carlin in a joint development programme this year as both parties set their sights on a 2016 IndyCar programme

Ex-Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton plans IndyCar with Carlin in 2016

Chilton will assist in the team's maiden Indy Lights campaign this year alongside already-signed driver Ed Jones, as well as carrying out an IndyCar test programme ahead of a potential race deal next season.

He will begin his duties with a three-day test at Homestead next week.

"I'm very excited to be assisting Carlin in the USA," said the 22-year-old.

"While I'm still considering my options for 2015, the IndyCar package presents an interesting challenge, and by assisting with the development of the Indy Lights team, I'm keeping my options open for an IndyCar programme in 2016 based on a strong foundation of knowledge and experience.

"Hopefully I can also help the guys at Carlin get as much as possible out of their first season in the USA."

Team owner Trevor Carlin said that Chilton's experience would be an asset in helping to fast-track the team's adaptation to the USA.

"We are very excited to embark on a long term programme in America, and to have Max involved in that from the very start will make us a strong package," he said.

"This season is very much about finding our feet as a team in the USA, and Max's experience will be invaluable to that.

"For Max, we see 2015 very much as a chance to prepare him for a successful potential debut in IndyCar in 2016 and it made sense to help each other in those preparations."

Chilton spent two years in F1 with Marussia, achieving a career-best result of 13th in Australia and Bahrain last year.

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