Mark Blundell

Former Grand Prix and CART driver Mark Blundell has thrown his hat in the ring for the IndyCar season finale at Las Vegas, believing he could be a contender for the $5 million winner’s purse on offer to one of the five wildcard entrants who stand a chance of winning the race.

After retiring from competition in the mid-2000s, the 44-year-old made a return to racing last year in the Spa 24 Hours. Added to this, he has already competed in the opening two rounds of the Grand-Am series in the United States, and remains hopeful that he can compete in more races when his schedule allows. He has already confirmed his participation in this year’s Spa 24 Hours race.

Blundell contested 63 Grands Prix between 1991 and 1995 for the likes of Brabham, Ligier, Tyrrell and McLaren, earning three podium finishes. After F1, he spent five years in the American CART series (pictured), taking three wins for PacWest in 1997.

In a statement issued overnight, Blundell – who now heads up a drive management company that oversees the likes of Gary Paffett and Mike Conway – expressed his hopes of being able to compete in some of the marquee motor races of the 2011 calendar year, including the Bathurst 1000, the Nürburgring 24 Hours and the Las Vegas IndyCar finale.

“Coming back to racing last year in the 24 Hours of Spa reignited the fire in my belly and now I’m looking forward to competing in a selection of races this year and beyond,” his statement reads.

[Original image via Life]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.