Career break in the land of opportunity
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Career break in the land of opportunity

Armaan Ebrahim lands a drive in the Indy Lights series with an eye on a drive in the main Indycar championship. Vinayak Pande reports.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2012 02:00 IST
Vinayak Pande
Vinayak Pande
Hindustan Times
Vinayak Pande,Armaan Ebrahim,i1 Super Series

Twenty-two-year-old Armaan Ebrahim was not planning on being idle during the winter break prior to the start of the 2012 motorsports season. He had already signed up to drive in the inaugural i1 Super Series that starts from January 22 and concludes on March 10.

Now, however, thanks to a much welcome career break, his schedule is guaranteed to get a little hectic.

Ebrahim has been signed up to drive in the Indy Lights by series newcomers Fan Force United on a one-year contract. Indy Lights is the official feeder series for the North American based Indycar championship.

Much the same way that the GP2 Series acts as a feeder series to Formula One. Ebrahim already has his sights set on graduating to Indycar where the cars can reach average speeds of 350 kmph on speedway circuits like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not that the Indy Lights cars are slouches either.

A new challenge
"Racing on ovals is going to be a really interesting and new experience," said Ebrahim while speaking to HT. "Last year at the Indy 500 these cars were hitting average speeds just under 320 kmph!"

Also new for Ebrahim will be the feeling of having a packed schedule and the promise of earning some money as well. "I'll have to juggle between pre-season testing for Indy Lights and racing in the i1 Super Series," said Ebrahim. "So I'm going to be shuttling between America and the i1 races."

Good incentive
As far as money goes, one of the incentives for Armaan to do well in Indy lights will be the Rs 16 crore (approx.) prize money on offer.

Along with the Rs 10.6 crore prize money on offer in the i1 Super Series, it sure seems to be a good time to be a young Indian racing driver. However, all the prize money in the world, however, won't be a substitute for success on the race tracks of America.

"My aim is definitely to get amongst the top five drivers from the beginning of the season," said Ebrahim. "The target is definitely to step up to Indycars for 2013."

First Published: Jan 05, 2012 00:27 IST