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It Was My Decision To Leave IndyCar

Ex-F1 driver Max Chilton has revealed that it was his decision to leave the NTT IndyCar Series.

McMurtry Automotive announced this week that Chilton has been named their development driver to help them with the performance of their electric racing car.

Chilton stepped away from oval IndyCar races in 2019 but continued to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

The Englishman said earlier this week that his decision to step away from IndyCar was a gradual one and really began when he stop oval racing.

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway in just under three weeks with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

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Chilton Joins McMurtry Automotive

Ex-F1 and NTT IndyCar Series driver Max Chilton has joined McMurtry Automotive as a development driver to assist the UK-based company with their Spéirling ultimate electric track car.

The news all but confirms that Chilton, who had been competing in road and street course races for Carlin won’t return to the NTT IndyCar Series this season and speaking about the new project, Chilton said:

It’s a huge honour to be given the opportunity to become head development driver for McMurtry. The company is really reaching new heights in the performance EV world. The team have spent over four years developing the Spéirling, a car which will really show the world what performance can be achieved with all electric power.

McMurtry caught my eye last year; their professionalism and ability to invent new solutions is something I have never experienced at this level. I am excited to see what we can achieve in the future, particularly developing a road car which has always been on my long term list to achieve. My thanks are with Sir David McMurtry for coming up with this truly amazing project and trusting me with this role.

Managing Director of McMurtry Automotive, Thomas Yates said:

I am really pleased to have Max join as a dedicated and leading member of our team, as we now further increase our rate of testing and development. Fresh from six seasons of competition in IndyCar and previously having competed in Formula One, Max will bring a wealth of motorsport and driving experience that will undoubtedly help us to reveal the performance potential of the Spéirling and get us closer to our record breaking goals.

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No Word From Carlin Regarding The 2022 IndyCar Series Season

Carlin Racing has yet to announce their plans for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season with rumors circulating that the team will not compete in the 2022 season.

Carlin has endured a tricky few years in the series and while last season the team ran Conor Daly and Max Chilton it is a different story this season after Daly was announced as a full-time driver with Ed Carpenter Racing joining Rinus VeeKay.

There had been suggestions that Carlin were going to enter into a partnership with Juncos Hollinger Racing for this season however such a scenario seems to be off the cards.

The NTT IndyCar Series will host their annual pre-season media days on Monday and Tuesday and at this point Max Chilton is not part of the line-up.