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Caroll lands IndyCar contract with Andretti

Updated: Saturday, 01 May 2010 20:14

Adam Carroll will drive IndyCar in 2010
Adam Carroll will drive IndyCar in 2010

Andretti Autosport announced on Friday it signed 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport champion Adam Carroll to drive a limited schedule of IZOD IndyCar Series events in the second half of the 2010 season.

Carroll, a native of Portadown, Northern Ireland, captured five wins, six poles and eight podiums in seven rounds on his way to winning the 2008-2009 A1GP World title for Team Ireland.

Andretti Autosport has yet to determine Carroll’s schedule or car assignment, but has committed to run the 27-year-old in the IZOD IndyCar Series this season.

Adam has won at every level he has raced at from Formula Renault Campus, Formula Ford, Formula 3, GP2 and A1GP racking up an impressive total of 41 wins 83 podiums 24 poles and 26 fastest laps.

In 2005, Carroll began a three-season stint in GP2 that saw him score five wins and 15 podium finishes while also logging substantial mileage as a BAR Honda F1 test driver.

Carroll made the move to A1GP as the lead driver for Team Ireland in 2008, scoring one win and four podiums that season before becoming the A1GP World Champion in 2009.

Carroll commented: ‘I’m very excited to be joining the driver lineup at Andretti Autosport. It is gratifying to know that the success I’ve enjoyed so far in my career has drawn the attention of a team owner like Michael Andretti.

‘The IZOD IndyCar Series is clearly one of the most competitive formulas in the world right now and I’m looking forward to being introduced into the field later this year.’

Michel Andretti, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Andretti Autosport: ‘We’re very excited that Adam is on board. He is a special talent and someone who we believe will have a bright future with us at Andretti Autosport.

‘It was important for us to give him an opportunity this year and start building for the years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do later this year.’