Trevor Carlin believes the odds of his team stepping up to the Verizon IndyCar Series are "the highest they've ever been" as plans continue to be considered for an entry in 2018.

Carlin has long made its name in European junior series, helping the careers of drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Jolyon Palmer, Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi, among others.

Carlin crossed the pond in 2015 and entered Indy Lights, winning the drivers' title with Ed Jones during its second season, and has been targeting a move up to the top IndyCar tier for some time.

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After passing on the chance to do so for 2017, Carlin admitted that momentum was growing for his eponymous team to finally make the step up next year.

"We’re quite flattered because we’ve had a lot people saying we should be doing IndyCar from our first race weekend, but we like to take our time and build up to something,” Carlin told the official Verizon IndyCar Series website.

“When we start something, we like to stay in it. There hasn’t been a right moment in the past, but I think the right moment is approaching.

“I’m not going to stand here now and say it’s a done deal, but I would say that the odds on us being on the grid next year are the highest they’ve ever been.

"It’s just a case of putting the package together now.”

Carlin acknowledged that 2018 marked a good entry point to IndyCar given the introduction of the new universal aerokit, set to make its race debut in St. Petersburg next March.

"That’s a bonus for us, really. I think we would have been looking to do it next year anyway," Carlin said.

"The fact is, the new aero kit is perfect because, obviously the big teams got massive resources where they can do testing and aero this and that, but I think that it does level the playing field for a team like us that could come in.

“It’s just timing. It was a bit of the same with Indy Lights. We were ready to do it and, at the end of 2014, the IL-15 was coming in. So the timing was perfect.

"And I think the timing is perfect again for IndyCar.”