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Report: Could di Resta jump to IndyCar?

Nov 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Force India Formula One driver Paul di Resta of Britain reacts in the garage during the first practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur Reuters

Paul di Resta’s future with Force India in Formula One is far from certain, the Scot may have to shift his focus stateside to IndyCar.

The cousin of now retired star Dario Franchitti, di Resta admitted in an interview with The Guardian in the UK that IndyCar needs to be taken seriously as an option.

“I’ve always been slightly concerned about the safety of it [IndyCar], but sitting down and looking at it logically, it’s a serious option to look elsewhere because of the success he has had,” he said.

Di Resta made into F1 after starring in German Touring Cars; interestingly, Franchitti’s last year before he began his IndyCar career (then called the CART championship in 1997) was spent racing touring cars for Mercedes in the precursor to the modern DTM. It was Mercedes that brought Franchitti to the U.S. with Carl Hogan’s team.

You figure di Resta would only come to IndyCar for a “top drive,” and the open seat now vacated by Franchitti at Chip Ganassi Racing would fit the bill. And while Ganassi has taken on drivers from Europe in the past – a list that includes Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Nicolas Minassian and Ryan Briscoe – he hasn’t pulled the trigger on such a move in nearly a decade.

Di Resta would also need to learn ovals, and with CGR expecting a challenge at the Indianapolis 500 every year with its fleet of entries, he’d need to learn them quickly.

Right now, just mark it down as another “potential” and only if he gets bounced from Force India after three seasons.

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