An interesting rumour popped up the Italian media today regarding the future direction of Scuderia Coloni.
Motorinside.it today revealed that the team may possibly make a jump to the IndyCar Series for the 2013 season, with a possible seat for ex-GP2 driver Luca Filippi.
Should the company move to IndyCar, it will be a remarkable step for the company, marking their first time running a full package in a US-based series.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that a collaborative effort with an existing team is also on the table.
(For a definition of conjecture, please see here.)
Coloni also run the Auto GP World Series, although that championship – something of a leftfield F1 feeder category – are set to be introducing new cars for next year to replace the ageing A1GP chassis they currently run. The company are reportedly still in talks with potential manufacturers.
Coloni recently had a falling out with the GP2 Series, with series organisers announcing at Silverstone that Scuderia Coloni will not be returning to the championship next year. Coloni have also forfeited all points earned in GP2 this year.
Previously, Coloni have taken part in Superleague, Formula 3000 and Formula 3. They also had a five year stint in Formula 1 from 1987-1991, but only qualified 14 times out of 82 attempts, including a period in 1990 when Bertrand Gachot failed to qualify for a single Grand Prix. The team ran one car between Pedro Chaves and Naoki Hattori in their final season, but again never made a race.
It must be added, it’s not something I expected to hear from the Italian camp, but let’s see if it actually happens.
*For updates on this story, check out “Scuderia Coloni: ‘talks with IndyCar just started’”