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Felipe Nasr Joins Max Chilton to Complete Carlin Lineup for NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season Opener

Carlin duo hopes to replicate testing success in St. Petersburg this weekend 

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2020) – After a productive offseason, the Carlin NTT INDYCAR SERIES team will join the rest of paddock at the Florida-based operation’s home race in St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend with two full-time entries on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg grid. Already confirmed driver Chilton will start his fifth season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet and will be joined by rookie Nasr, who will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut on the streets of St Petersburg this weekend in the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet. 

The Carlin duo head to St Petersburg on strong form, having topped the timing charts two days in a row while testing at Sebring last week. Brazilian driver Nasr was quickest the first day of testing, while teammate Chilton was the quickest the second day, just edging out Nasr from the top spot.  

After positive preseason testing, Chilton spoke about his excitement to get the 2020 season going, “It seems like a long time since our last race and I can’t wait get back out on track this weekend. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg always provides a fantastic season opener. The crowds and challenges of the tight street circuit create a great spectacle and I’m sure this weekend will be no exception. It will be interesting to see where everyone is after the first qualifying session of the season, but I certainly feel that we’ve made some major steps forward over the winter that should benefit us there.” 

This weekend will mark a welcome return to Carlin for Nasr, who like Chilton has enjoyed race winning success with the team in the past. The 27-year-old raced with Carlin during the formative years of his career, claiming the British F3 championship with the team in 2011 and later fighting for the GP2 Series title (now known as Formula 2) in 2013 and 2014, with several race wins to his name. 

Speaking about his call-up to Carlin’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES team Nasr commented, “I’m very pleased to be joining Carlin for my first ever weekend in an Indy car in St. Petersburg this weekend. It’s nice to see that all the work we’ve put into this program together has finally paid off. I’m thankful for Trevor Carlin for giving me the opportunity to drive the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet this weekend and to Chevy for supporting this program. I’m very keen to contribute to the team with my experience and my knowledge and to hopefully show that the speed we had at Sebring a few days ago will translate onto the streets of St. Petersburg. I know the team has been working really hard over the offseason and I’m very excited to get out on track first thing on Friday morning.” 

Nasr joined the team for the abbreviated full field NTT INDYCAR SERIES test last month at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. After cold temperatures and heavy rain caused lengthy delays, the former F1 driver recorded only half a day’s worth of testing in the wet and challenging conditions before returning for two full days of private testing in Sebring last week. The IMSA racer and 12 Hours of Sebring winner is confirmed for a single outing with the team for the first round of the 17-event NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.  

“We’re very much looking forward to getting the season underway this weekend in St Pete. Max had some very positive comments on the work we’d done over the winter and how the car felt in Sebring.  Felipe has been a great asset so far with his setup work and feedback at COTA and in Sebring in particular,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “Obviously, we won’t be able to see what progress we’ve made until everyone is on track this weekend in St Pete, but our goal remains to make progress with every race as we continue our INDYCAR program.”

Max Chilton Returns to NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Carlin


Max Chilton Returns to NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Carlin
Gallagher and Chilton to compete in fifth NTT INDYCAR SERIES season together
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (February 7, 2020) – Carlin is proud to announce that Gallagher, a leading global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, will return for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with driver Max Chilton behind the wheel of the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet for select races. Chilton will compete in the 12 road and street course events of the 2020 season as well as the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The driver of the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet for the remaining oval races will be announced at a later date.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Carlin for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” said Chris Mead, Gallagher Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership has increased awareness of our company by a global audience over the past five years, and we wish Max and the Carlin team a successful year.”
Chilton will return for his fifth season competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with partner Gallagher. Chilton and Gallagher made their debut together in 2016 and have since recorded 62 starts, eight top-10 finishes, 76 laps led and an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2017 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“I’m excited to formally announce that Gallagher will be back for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season partnering with Carlin for the third season and myself for our fifth season together. The partnership between myself, Gallagher and Carlin is a strong one that honestly feels more like family than the normal motorsports driver, sponsor, and team relationship,” said Chilton. “I couldn’t be more thankful for Gallagher’s continued support of myself and Carlin as we work toward success in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. To have the opportunity to represent more than 30,000 employees of Gallagher, a brand that focuses so heavily on teamwork and innovation, is a true privilege and I look forward to getting solid results this season.”
Chilton’s partnership with Carlin renews a successful relationship that goes back throughout the British racer’s career. Chilton won races with Carlin in Formula Three and Formula Two (formerly GP2 Series) before racing in the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2013 – 2014. In 2015, Chilton explored racing in the U.S. for the first time with a season of Indy Lights with Carlin, as well as a run with a manufacturer LMP1 program at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“It is such an honor to have Gallagher back on board for our third season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. They have been such a loyal partner to not only Max during his time in the series, but also to our team as we build our program from the ground up,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’re thankful that Gallagher believes in our mission and supports the team as we do our absolute best to represent their brand at every race event. We had some ups and downs last season, but we’re confident that 2020 will be a great year for us.”
The Chilton and Gallagher partnership is the first driver and sponsorship combination confirmed for Carlin for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

ripKurrent Makes INDYCAR Debut with Charlie Kimball and Carlin at Gateway

Kimball back in the No. 23 Entry with New Partner ripKurrent DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2019) – Carlin is proud to announce that ripKurrent will make their NTT IndyCar Series debut as a primary partner at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 with INDYCAR veteran Charlie Kimball piloting the No. 23 ripKurrent Carlin Chevrolet at…

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RC Enerson and Lucas Oil School of Racing to Partner with Carlin at Mid-Ohio

RC Enerson and Lucas Oil School of Racing to Partner with Carlin at Mid-Ohio
Enerson to Make Fourth Career NTT IndyCar Series Start and Second on the Historic Road Course
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2019) – Carlin is proud to announce that RC Enerson will join the team for the 13th round of the NTT IndyCar Series season at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course piloting the No. 31 Lucas Oil School Carlin Chevrolet.
“We’re excited to have RC Enerson and the Lucas Oil School of Racing on-board this weekend in the No. 31 entry at Mid-Ohio. RC really impressed us at Spring Training at COTA at the beginning of the season and we were very hopeful that something could come together at some point that would put him back in the car,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “RC has spent a lot of time with our team this season and he has quite a bit of experience at Mid-Ohio, including an INDYCAR start a few years back, so he should be able to jump right back in and make the transition a smooth one.”
Enerson began karting at the age of five and eventually made his professional debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series, the entry level of the Road to Indy ladder series, in 2012. He spent three years there recording five wins and 11 podiums before he moved into the Indy Lights Series in 2015, where he spent the next two seasons of his career. While in Indy Lights, Enerson recorded six podiums and one win in 2015 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Halfway through the 2016 Indy Lights Series season, Enerson left to pursue a seat in the NTT IndyCar Series and made his INDYCAR debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He went on to compete in two more races of the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series season recording a top 10 with a ninth-place finish at Watkins Glen. Enerson participated in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training with Carlin in February.
“It’s really great to be back driving with Carlin after completing Spring Training earlier this season with the team. We’ve been working really hard to get something together to get me back in the seat at some point this season and I couldn’t be happier that it’s all come together for Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio has always been one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. I’ve just always loved the elevation changes and all of the high-speed flowing corners,” said NTT IndyCar Series driver RC Enerson. “I’m also excited to be able to carry the Lucas Oil School of Racing logo on the No. 31 this weekend. They are the official school of the Road to Indy Series and it’s been so rewarding to share my love of racing and to be able to instruct some of the future stars of INDYCAR. I know we have some work to do this weekend, but I’m confident that with both my experience and the team’s at Mid-Ohio we can put together a solid result.”
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will take place on Sunday, July 28th at 3:30 pm ET and will be televised on NBC.

SmartStop® Self Storage and Sage Karam Back with Carlin in Iowa

SmartStop® Self Storage to Make Second NTT IndyCar Series Appearance in No. 31 Entry DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2019) – Carlin is proud to announce that self storage company SmartStop® Self Storage will join the team once again as a primary partner at the Iowa 300 with NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam piloting…

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SmartStop® Self Storage and Sage Karam to Join Carlin in Toronto in No. 31 Entry

SmartStop® Self Storage and Sage Karam to Join Carlin in Toronto in No. 31 Entry
SmartStop® Self Storage to Make NTT IndyCar Series Debut
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – Carlin is proud to announce that self storage company SmartStop® Self Storage will join the team as a primary partner at the Honda Indy Toronto with NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam piloting the No. 31 SmartStop Self Storage Carlin Chevrolet.
“We are extremely excited to partner with SmartStop Self Storage and to be a part of their debut into the NTT IndyCar Series. The Honda Indy Toronto is such a great event and will be the perfect introduction for them into the series,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’ve obviously been following Sage’s career closely since he won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013 and he’s done a really great job. I think he’ll be a great addition to the team and a good teammate for Max this weekend.”
SmartStop Self Storage currently operates 131 self storage facilities located throughout Toronto, Canada and the United States. While this will be the organization’s first time serving as a primary partner in the NTT IndyCar Series, SmartStop Self Storage has been an exclusive, personal partner of Karam’s.
“SmartStop is proud to be partnering with Carlin and Sage Karam for the upcoming NTT IndyCar Series race in Toronto,” said H. Michael Schwartz, executive chairman of SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. “We feel that this is a great opportunity to expand our ever-growing brand presence throughout Toronto, a market in which we are planning continued growth throughout the future.”
Karam will make his second start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season at the Honda Indy Toronto after an impressive 19th-place finish at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 that saw him advance 12 positions throughout the race. Karam began karting at the age of four and worked his way up through the karting ranks until he joined the Road to Indy Series in 2010. He competed in all levels of the Road to Indy Series winning both the USF2000 and Indy Lights Championships before joining the NTT IndyCar Series in 2014. Since his INDYCAR debut, Karam has recorded 17 starts, including a ninth-place finish in his first Indianapolis 500 start and two top-five finishes, including a podium at Iowa Speedway.
“I want to thank everyone at Carlin for giving me the opportunity to compete in an Indy car again in the NTT IndyCar series. I’m extremely excited and grateful to get back behind the wheel on a road course again for the first time since 2015 and I’m thrilled to carry a great sponsor like Smartstop Self Storage on the side of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet,” said Karam. “I’m looking forward to the challenge and working closely with everyone on the team to achieve a successful result and take advantage of this incredible opportunity.”
The Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 3:00 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.

Conor Daly to Compete with Carlin at Texas Motor Speedway

Conor Daly to Compete with Carlin at Texas Motor Speedway

Conor Daly will join Carlin this weekend for the ninth round of NTT IndyCar Series action at the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. After recording a top-10 finish at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, Daly will bring his oval experience to pilot the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet in place of current driver Max Chilton.

Daly, who raced with Carlin in the early stages of his car racing career in Europe, is ideally placed to compete on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval following his strong month of May and past oval experience in the NTT IndyCar Series. The 27-year-old Indianapolis-based driver last raced for Carlin in 2011 in the former GP3 Series.

Speaking about the upcoming weekend Daly said, “I want to thank everyone at Carlin and Gallagher for the opportunity to get back in a race car at Texas Motor Speedway. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Carlin back in 2011 as I started my European racing journey and to now drive for them in the NTT IndyCar Series is pretty special. I look forward to being able to contribute to the team as best I can.”

Chilton, who is competing in his fourth season of the NTT IndyCar Series, will not compete in the remaining four oval races of the 2019 INDYCAR season. The British driver will compete in the remaining road and street course races this season as originally planned in the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet.

Chilton added, “I would like to thank Gallagher for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season – I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner. Risk Management is a central consideration of both Gallagher and myself in how we operate. I’m excited and pleased by the outstanding proactive work being done by INDYCAR around driver safety and the innovation of the solution developed in partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that has created a new aero screen. The innovative solution will be the most advanced single seater driver head protection in the world and will be introduced in 2020. My focus remains on getting the best possible results for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin crew and I will be helping the team and Conor in any way I can to that end.”

Daly will join the rest of the NTT IndyCar Series field on-track at Texas Motor Speedway starting on Thursday, June 6.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Day-End Report

The NTT IndyCar Series held the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg today on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Results P1          No. 2 Newgarden, Chevrolet P2          No. 9 Dixon, Honda P3          No. 12 Power, Chevrolet P16         No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet (Chilton) P17         No. 23 Tresiba® Carlin Chevrolet (Kimball) Warm-Up…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Day-End Report

The NTT IndyCar Series held two practice sessions today at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg. First Practice Results P1           No. 10 Rosenqvist, Honda – 1:01.821 P2           No. 28 Hunter-Reay, Honda – 1:02.063 P3           No. 7…

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Carlin Welcomes Patricio O’Ward to 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Lineup

Carlin Welcomes Patricio O’Ward to 2019 NTT IndyCar Series Lineup
The 2018 Indy Lights Champion will Compete in 12 Events for the Second-Year INDYCAR Team
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 7, 2019) – Carlin is proud to announce that the 2018 Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward will pilot Carlin’s second entry for 11 events of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and will also run the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in a third Carlin entry alongside teammates Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented drivers over the years, many of whom now race in the NTT IndyCar Series, Formula One and Formula E to name a few, and in Pato I really see a spark similar to some of our highest achieving alumni,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “He’s a hugely promising talent who deserves this opportunity and has a massive amount of potential. As a young Chevy team, we are incredibly driven and excited to help him achieve his goals in this 2019 program.”
O’Ward captured the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires crown, earning a scholarship to advance to the NTT IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Indy Lights represents the top level of the three-step Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder, which provides a unique, scholarship-funded path to help drivers progress from the grassroots to the pinnacle of the sport. More than $2.5 million in prizes and awards will be distributed this year. Ten of the most recent Indy Lights graduates will be on the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series grid, and 25 of the 33 starters in last year’s Indianapolis 500 were Indy Lights alumni, including 11 series champions.
“I wanted to start off by saying that I’m so excited to get this 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season underway and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Trevor Carlin has given me to drive for his INDYCAR team and Team Chevy,” said the rookie O’Ward. “I’m just thankful that he and the whole Carlin team really believe in me and I’ll give it my all to show them that I’m ready to tackle any challenges ahead of us starting in a few weeks at COTA. I just don’t think I can properly express how excited I am for this opportunity. It’s been a very stressful past few weeks given my circumstances and it’s been a bit of a hustle trying to find a new home in the NTT IndyCar Series for myself, but I couldn’t be happier about landing at Carlin.”
The 19-year-old O’Ward began his racing career in karts at the age of six and quickly worked his way up through the karting ranks before breaking into open-wheel racing in 2013. He joined the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder in 2015 and moved into Indy Lights in a full-time capacity in 2018. He won the 2018 Indy Lights Championship with nine wins, a new series record of nine poles, and 13 podium finishes in 17 races. O’Ward also won the Prototype Challenge (PC) class of the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona to become the youngest ever winner at the event at only 17 years old.
O’Ward will compete in the INDYCAR Classic (Circuit of the Americas), Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Barber Motorsports Park), Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (Streets of Long Beach), INDYCAR Grand Prix (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader (Belle Isle), Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America (Road America), Honda Indy Toronto (Streets of Toronto), Iowa 300 (Iowa Speedway), Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Gateway Motorsports Park), and the Grand Prix of Portland (Portland International Raceway).
Carlin made their move into the NTT DATA IndyCar Series in a full-time capacity in 2018 after three successful seasons in Indy Lights and will be starting their second full-time season in 2019.
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