Carlin has announced it will race in the Indy Lights series, with the multi-championship winning junior team adding the IndyCar feeder series to its ladder in 2015.

Currently running in F3, GP3 and GP2, Carlin will expand to a base in Poughkeepsie, NY where personnel from both the U.K. and the U.S. will run its Indy Lights team. The introduction of an all new car featuring a 450bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produced by AER, featuring 50bhp push-to-pass and a new chassis from Dallara has made the move more attractive. Racing director Trevor Carlin says the amount of drivers which the team has worked with who have gone on to race in the U.S. was another factor in the new venture.

"We're extremely excited to be taking the Carlin team to the U.S. and embarking on this new challenge into the Indy Lights series," Carlin said. "We've had one eye on the U.S. for some time now and the time is right to widen our focus. We're seeing more and more drivers look across the Atlantic from categories such as Formula 3 and GP2 Series to careers in Indy Lights and IndyCar and it makes sense as a European team to offer that route to our customers.

"While we remain completely focused on our race programmes in Europe, it is also important to take on new challenges and projects that maintain our momentum as a company of people. By offering new opportunities we are able to offer strong team members new goals and challenges internally and retain them within Carlin.

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"By no means do we underestimate the challenge ahead but we believe we have a great team of people to help us be competitive in Indy Lights. We see this as an important new chapter for Carlin and the entire team are excited for the future."

Carlin has previously worked with IndyCar drivers Will Power, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Takuma Sato, Mikhail Aleshin, Graham Rahal and Carlos Huertas in the early stages of their careers.