Patrick Carpentier could appear in the A1 Team Canada car at a future round of the World Cup of Motorsport, having been slated to appear at an unexpected press conference called by the JVA-run squad in Montreal this week.

The Champ Car race winner enjoyed mixed results following a move to the Indy Racing League with Team Cheever last season, and this year finds himself looking for work after Red Bull dropped the former Indy 500 winner's equipe from its roster. Cheever and Carpentier remain on terms, however, with the Canadian due to join a two-car Cheever team in the Daytona 24 Hours later this month, but clearly has free time to fill for much of the year.

Carpentier will join current Team Canada runner Sean McIntosh, who has been one of the finds of the season so far, and Team GB boss John Surtees at the press conference, which is expected to reveal that the senior driver will make an appearance for his national team in coming rounds of the A1 Grand Prix series.

Whether that appearance comes at the expense of McIntosh, or in place of the rising star, who is due to announce his plans for 2006 shortly, remains to be seen. Other IRL drivers, including Ganassi team-mates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon have been linked to possible A1 outings - indeed, the Kiwi got as far as testing the Team NZ spare car in Dubai - while others, including Bryan Herta, have actually raced, but Carpentier's role will only be revealed on Thursday.



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