Karthikeyan Interested in NASCAR Future

With the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport still in doubt for the 2010 season, several of the series' “big guns” are starting to reevaluate their options for the upcoming year. Such is the case of former Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, who is now considering a switch to stock car racing into the NASCAR Series.

No Indian driver has ever had the opportunity to debut inside the NASCAR series in the past, which further attracts Karthikeyan into completing the move. The first step was to test a challenger in the latest ARCA series session at Daytona, where female drivers Danica Patrick and Milka Duno also made the headlines.

Karthikeyan did some laps in a Starbeast Motorsports prepared car during the first day of testing and admitted that the “pure racing” of driving in ovals has left him wanting for more.

It's a whole new ball game out there. I was lucky enough to be invited for a few sessions. NASCAR racing is pure, more basic with its oval tracks and inclined speedways. It's a totally new experience driving heavier cars with spotters speaking to you all the time,” said the former Jordan F1 driver for the Times of India.

Apart from his racing years at Jordan, Karthikeyan also used to test drive for Williams F1, until switching to A1 GP for good. It’s where he finally got to become race winner – for A1 Team India – before the championship collapsed at the end of last season. Talking about his prospects for the future, the Indian driver admitted that unless the A1 GP survives, he’ll have to reassess his options for the future.

We will have to sit down and discuss the future course of action if things remain the way they are,” confirmed Karthikeyan, who did some recent outings in the Le Mans Series for Kolles Audi.
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