HRT F1 Team is absent from the 2013 FIA official entry list and the move has Narain Karthikeyan scrambling this offseason to find a ride for the 2013 season. The Chennai, India native raced the 2012 Formula One season for the team and was planning on returning to the team in 2013 and says he did not have a backup plan in place.
“The plan for me was to stay with HRT for 2013, as it was looking good all along," Karthikeyan said. "As a team, we have been making progress, and the design for the 2013 car is reasonably competitive. I was quite sure of everything being in place, and thus there was no Plan B.”
With HRT in 2012 he did not score a top ten finish and finished with zero driver points.
Now the 35-year old is in full scramble mode for a ride and may have to look at other series besides just Formula One because most of those seats are already full. Karthikeyan has strong backing from Tata Corporation, an India-based communications company, which could help him find a ride because everyone knows a driver that has a sponsor is more attractive than one that does not.
”I may be forced to look beyond F1 now, so looks like it is going to be a very busy off-season," he said.
In 2010 Karthikeyan ran in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the No. 60 truck owned by Jeff Wyler. No word yet on whether he will try to find a ride in NASCAR again but since he is without a ride right now it is a possibility for sure. His best finish that season came at Texas Motor Speedway when he finished 11th. In the nine races he had an average finish of 18.7.
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