How Carroll is pursuing his American dream

How Carroll is pursuing his American dream

At 28 and having not raced full-time for three years, Adam Carroll could be forgiven for thinking his single-seater career is over. He, however, is determined to emulate the success of fellow Brits Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon in IndyCar and prove that age is no barrier to success, as Peter Mills found out

Noel Coward once said that an out of work actor isn't an actor. The playwright may therefore have disapproved of Adam Carroll's claim to be a racing driver over recent seasons. At the Hungaroring two weeks ago, the Northern Irish racer entered only his third race meeting in approaching three years.

Substituting for the injured Walter Grubmuller at P1 Motorsport, borrowed baggy overalls and crash helmet failed to prove any hindrance to the man that made Ireland the A1GP champion. A solid podium in the second Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend demonstrated that Carroll's involuntary absence from the cockpit had diminished none of his ability. During the post-race press conference, the Portadown man light-heartedly relayed how young guns Jean-Eric Vergne and Albert Costa - occupying the top podium positions - had teased him that they were still karting when Carroll had won at the circuit in GP2 back in 2007.

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