Dan Clarke Not Giving Up on IndyCar Drive
“I'm still living in Indianapolis, and we're still gearing up for a season in IndyCar. It's really wide open right now. A lot of people are feeling the economy. And the sad side to that is that a lot of people are losing their jobs. Motor racing is a tough business for that, because it costs a lot of money and that's stressful, but at the end of the day there are other people that are losing their jobs. And that's not funny either,” said Clarke, according to the aforementioned source.
However, despite the economic downturn that affected all motorsport series lately – IndyCar included – Clarke remains optimistic about his chances of landing a racing seat next season. If not, it would be his second year running outside the motorsport world, as his current deal with A1 Team Great Britain only includes the upcoming Taupo event.
“You've just got to keep working. We have some sponsors that we're working with, and we have negotiations with teams, so I am really confident that I will be in a race car this year.”
“But if the opportunity arises to do more of these (A1GP) races then I will jump at them, of course. But after this race I will go back to Indianapolis and continue with the negotiations that we're having there with the teams in IndyCar,” concluded Clarke.
Clarke was part of the Champ Car World Series roster in 2006 and 2007, before failing to secure a racing deal in the unified IndyCar Series last year. Most IndyCar teams are still searching for sponsors in order to field at least 2 cars per team in 2009.