The FiA World Endurance Championship kicked off this weekend and Audi flexed its muscle by taking a 1-2 at Silverstone. It was what Audi was saying off the track that should make IndyCar fans at least smile. In an article on Autosport.com, Audi’s head of research and development Wolfgang Durheimer indicated a number of North American possibilities including becoming an engine supplier to IndyCar.
Clearly I think the most likely option at the moment would be an entry into the United Sportscar Racing championship series that is set to kick off next season, but the fact that Audi has even mentioned supplying IndyCar is big for the series and shows the German manufacturer is looking into further diversifying its motorsports program.
The current state of IndyCar is appealing to the VW/Audi group and the importance of the Indianapolis 500 is not lost on a team that has had so much success at big time events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Volkswagen was originally part of the conversation when the new engine formula was discussed. Since then, the series has become rather attractive with a solid engine and chassis. Audi would add serious credibility to the series and would play a significant part in future suppliers. If a world class brand like Audi commits to IndyCar, it would almost be a badge of certification.
While decisions are still being made back in Germany, the fact that IndyCar is even in those discussions should have a lot of fans smiling!