INDIANAPOLIS – Carlin will return to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires next year by fielding an entry for FIA Formula Three driver Alex Peroni.
Twenty-one-year-old Peroni comes to the United States after racing in the FIA Formula Three Championship in the 2019 and ’20 seasons. Peroni missed the final round of the 2019 season following a horrific crash in Monza, Italy, but came back strong in 2020 to claim three podium finishes and two fastest laps to take 10th in the standings in the 30-car field.
Carlin plans to return to Indy Lights with a two-car team, with a second driver to be announced later. Working in conjunction with former Indy car driver and Indy Lights champion Jay Howard, the Carlin team will also serve as the top rung of Jay Howard’s Driver Development and will be based out of Carlin’s US base in Delray Beach, Fla., and run alongside the team’s NTT IndyCar Series operation.
“We’re really excited to be back in Indy Lights having been so successful in the series in the past,” said team owner Trevor Carlin. “It’s a fantastic series to prepare drivers for the NTT IndyCar Series and it was always our aim to return to the junior formula once we had become more settled in IndyCar.
“We’re very proud that Alex and his sponsors have chosen Carlin as the team to take his first steps into US racing. We know having raced against him in the immensely competitive FIA Formula Three Championship what he is capable of and I can’t wait to see his potential evolve in the Indy Lights field.”
Carlin previously competed in the Indy Lights division for three seasons from 2015 to ’17, claiming the series championship with Ed Jones in 2016.
“I’m seriously pumped to be joining the 2021 Indy Lights field and to be doing it with a team such as Carlin who I know have been successful in the series before and of course I know well from Europe,” said Peroni. “I’m so thankful to Blundstone and the state of Tasmania for their continued support and for allowing me to follow my dream.
“No doubt there will be a lot to learn in terms of both the car and the different circuits, but I am absolutely ready for the challenge and know I will have a great team behind me to bring me up to speed.”