Czech star Tomas Enge says he is hopeful of having a second season of IRL racing next year, to add to the two events he did at the end of the 2004 season.
Enge joined the Patrick Racing team for the final two races of the year, crashing out of the Toyota Indy 400 before finishing 13th in the final round of the year at Texas Motor Speedway.
Speaking to Crash.net at Donington Park where he was helping Prodrive test the new Aston Martin DBR9 Le Mans challenger, Enge said he would be thrilled to race the Sportscar if possible, but it would have to run alongside his main programme - with talks ongoing with Patrick Racing about a drive in the IRL for 2005.
"Show me anyone who would not like to drive for this team and drive this car!" he said after a day of testing. "It all depends on what my main programme is for next season. My focus is on single seaters, either in IRL, Champ Cars or maybe elsewhere. It's too early to say anything for certain.
"I'm still a road course racer and the IRL has about 14 or 15 ovals and three road courses which isn't really enough. [The ovals] are a completely different type of racing and you need half a year of experience to find out what it is all about. It wasn't easy, I did two tests before the first race this season and it was difficult for me feel the car, it was difficult to get in the groove. It was generally not bad, it was hard but it wasn't but I'd say I need at least another half a year to find out what it is all about.
"I'd say the chance of the IRL and Champ Cars is about the same. We are in really good talks with Chevrolet and Patrick Racing who I drove for this season in those two races so it's looking very positive but we still have time to decide and I wouldn't say that either has an advantage over the other."