Adam Carroll

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Adam Carroll
Adam Carroll.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1982-10-26) 26 October 1982 (age 32)
Portadown (Northern Ireland)
2014 GP2 Series
Debut season 2005
Current team Super Nova Racing
Car no. 17
Former teams Racing Engineering
FMS International
Starts 72
Wins 5
Poles 1
Fastest laps 3
Best finish 5th in 2005
Previous series
2011
2011
2010
2007-2009
2007
2005
2003
2002–2004
2000–2001
2000
1999
1999
Auto GP
Formula Renault 3.5
IndyCar
A1 Grand Prix
DTM
Formula One test driver
Formula Three Euroseries
British F3
British Formula Ford
British FFord Winter Series
Formula Renault Campus France
Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series
Championship titles
2008–09
2002
2000
A1 Grand Prix
British F3 National Class
British FFord Winter Series

Adam Carroll (born 26 October 1982) is a Northern Irish racing driver.[1][2] He currently races in the Blancpain Endurance Series for Gulf Racing. He has also raced for Team Ireland in A1 Grand Prix, winning the series in 2009.

In 2010, Carroll made two appearances in the Izod IndyCar Series racing for Andretti Autosport just missing out on two full seasons due to a sponsor pulling out.[3]

Career history[edit]

Early career[edit]

Carroll, who was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, started his career in 1993 competing in karting events. He continued in karting until 1998. After winning the Elf LA FILIERE SCHOLARSHIP in 1999 he moved on to British Formula Ford, winning the Winter Series and taking 3rd in the festival. He raced in the British Formula Ford competition in 2001, before successfully making the move to British Formula Three B-Class in 2002 with the Sweeney team. Despite driving year-old cars, Carroll was always an outright front runner and he dominated the class winning the title with a record points tally.

International racing[edit]

In 2003, Carroll moved up to Championship Class British Formula Three, but due to lack of finance, he had little stability and finished the year having driven with three different teams (8 podiums in a row with Menu), before competing in part of the Formula Three Euroseries season, where despite being new to both team, series, track and tyres, he finished in the points in his first race. He also partnered and outperformed future Formula One driver Nico Rosberg in an end of season event in South Korea. He continued in Formula Three throughout 2004, finishing as runner up to Nelson Piquet, Jr. before joining the 2005 GP2 Series, replacing Hayanari Shimoda at the Super Nova Racing team just before the start of the season.

Although Carroll's pre-season preparation for GP2 left him at a disadvantage to all the other drivers due to the lateness of his race deal and consequent lack of testing with his new team, he was immediately competitive, briefly challenging for the championship before slipping back as the season progressed due to reliability setbacks and on-track incidents.

Despite continually having trouble raising a budget for his racing, he has still managed to outperform drivers who have had funding readily available to them, including 2005 team-mate, and ex F1 driver, Giorgio Pantano. His undoubted talent caught the eye of Formula One and in 2005 he was signed as a test driver for Formula One team BAR-Honda. For the 2006 GP2 season he surprised many in choosing to join the Racing Engineering team when his previous team had a better chance of picking up the title. It soon became clear that due to Carroll's continued lack of sponsorship, the Racing Engineering deal saved him from having to drop out of top line motorsport altogether. He has since removed himself from the Honda driver program sensing a lack of opportunity as Button and Barrichello would be hard to replace.

Adam Carroll, seen here on the warm up lap of the first GP2 race at Silverstone, England on June 10, 2006.

The only real high point of the 2006 season was a pole position, third place and second place combo at Silverstone. It was clear throughout the season, however, that Carroll's team was not as strong as the majority of the other teams in the series. This was highlighted many times due to car failures that cost him many points throughout the year. As well as this, the car was distinctly slower and he also had trouble with other drivers hitting him from behind. This coupled with a driver error while leading race two in Hungary cost Carroll a lot of points that, should he have gained them, he would have been in contention for at least third in the championship. As it was though, Carroll's 33 points was enough to give him eighth place (equal points with seventh-placed Gianmaria Bruni with Bruni ahead having scored more wins). Carroll scored all of his team's points, outscoring his old team Super Nova Racing.

DTM, GP2 & A1GP[edit]

Carroll driving for FMS International at the Monaco round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

For the start of the 2007 season, Carroll was driving a two-year-old Audi A4 in the German DTM series for the Futurecom TME team.[4] On 26 June it was announced that he would replace Antônio Pizzonia in the FMS GP2 team for the event supporting the French Grand Prix.[5] Carroll won at the Silverstone round of the GP2 series and scored 4 other points to take a total of 13 in one weekend, only his second back in GP2, in a car that had only scored one point beforehand. It was announced on 13 July that he had left the DTM due to sponsorship problems, and concentrated on GP2 for the rest of 2007.[6] Carroll also went on to claim victory in the first race at the Hungaroring, despite starting sixth and changing all four tires during his mandatory pit stop.[7] The season did not end so well for Carroll, as he scored only 2 points in the last three races despite being in contention for much more. However, he did finish in seventh place, ahead of many drivers who, unlike Carroll, had completed the entire season.[8] During this time, Adam had tested the A1GP car for Ireland, impressing everyone at Silverstone and so for the second event onwards, Adam signed up to race in A1GP. His first weekend demonstrated yet again what a talent he was as he got Ireland's biggest points haul in the history of A1GP by netting a podium in his first race and despite starting 18th on the grid due to being blocked in qualifying, 6th in the feature race. Later in the season, he won the Mexico City feature race, Ireland's first win in A1GP. He also finished on the podium at Brands Hatch, en route to helping Team Ireland finish 6th overall in the championship.

Carroll began the 2008 GP2 Series season without a drive, but when Adrián Vallés was dropped by FMS International after the first round of the season, he took part in four races for his old team.[9] He was then replaced by Marko Asmer.[10]

For 2008/2009, Carroll returned to A1GP and Team Ireland again leading them to victory for the first time, in China. A1 Team Ireland became the fourth A1 Grand Prix champions, after a title battle which went down to the final round in Great Britain. Ireland won with 112 points, all scored by Carroll and included five race victories and three fastest laps.

Carroll announced in April 2009 that he was approached by two F1 teams in negotiation for a driver's seat for 2010.[11] It turned out that the two teams were Campos Meta and Manor GP, both of which were new entries for the 2010 season. Carroll said that he could not raise the 4 million Euros needed to sign for Virgin.[12] He was also in line for a drive with Lola, which was also planning to enter the sport in 2010, but the British marque's entry was turned down.[13]

IndyCar[edit]

IndyCar Series team Andretti Autosport announced that Carroll was to take part in some races during the second half of the 2010 season.[14] He ultimately competed in the Watkins Glen Grand Prix and the Honda Indy 200, finishing in 16th and 19th places respectively. He scored 26 points in total and finished the season 34th in the drivers' championship.

2011[edit]

Carroll driving for Super Nova at the Monza round of the 2011 GP2 Series season.

On July 2, Carroll made a one-off appearance in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the sixth round of the championship where he finished fourth and third in the two races. This was in place of the injured Austrian driver, Walter Grubmüller.[15] He also drove at in the Donington round of the Auto GP series taking pole and finishing 5th and 2nd in the races. He then returned to GP2 with Super Nova Racing for the German round replacing Luca Filippi.[16]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Formula Three results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 DC Points
2003 Alan Docking Racing Dallara F303 Mugen-Honda DON
1

Ret
DON
2

6
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

Ret
10th 90
Menu F3 Motorsport Dallara F303 Opel Spiess CRO
1

CRO
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

SIL
1

2
SIL
2

12
CAS
1

2
CAS
2

3
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

2
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

Ret
Lola Cars Lola-Dome F106-03 Opel Spiess THR
1

Ret
THR
2

3
SPA
1

10
SPA
2

Ret
DON
1

DON
2

BRH
1

BRH
2

2004 P1 Racing Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda DON
1

1
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

C
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

Ret
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

Ret
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

1
CAS
1

3
CAS
2

2
DON
1

1
DON
2

7
OUL
1

4
OUL
2

8
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

18
THR
1

3
THR
2

7
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

1
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

4
2nd 233

Complete Formula Three Euroseries results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2003 Opel Team KMS Dallara F302/009 Spiess-Opel HOC
1

HOC
2

ADR
1

ADR
2

PAU
1

PAU
2

NOR
1

NOR
2

LMS
1

LMS
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

A1R
1

6
A1R
2

Ret
ZAN
1

11
ZAN
2

15
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

Ret
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

17
17th 7

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Super Nova Racing SMR
FEA

5
SMR
SPR

1
ESP
FEA

7
ESP
SPR

6
MON
FEA

1
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

2
FRA
FEA

4
FRA
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

21
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

9
HUN
SPR

9
TUR
FEA

7
TUR
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

8
BEL
SPR

1
BHR
FEA

9
BHR
SPR

8
5th 53
2006 Racing Engineering VAL
FEA

14
VAL
SPR

Ret
SMR
FEA

Ret
SMR
SPR

12
EUR
FEA

3
EUR
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

10
ESP
SPR

12
MON
FEA

Ret
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

2
FRA
FEA

20
FRA
SPR

14
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

Ret
8th 33
2007 Petrol Ofisi FMS International BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
FRA
FEA

DSQ
FRA
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

1
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

2
TUR
FEA

3
TUR
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

15
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

6
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

15
7th 36
2008 FMS International ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
TUR
FEA

8
TUR
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

EUR
FEA

EUR
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

25th 1
2011 Super Nova Racing TUR
FEA

TUR
SPR

ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

15
GER
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

12
BEL
FEA

9
BEL
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

11
17th 6

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2007 Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2005 HOC
Ret
OSC
9
LAU
11
BRH
15
NOR
17
MUG ZAN NÜR CAT HOC 18th 0

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 Republic of Ireland Ireland NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR

3
CZE
FEA

6
MYS
SPR

7
MYS
FEA

7
ZHU
SPR

4
ZHU
FEA

16
NZL
SPR

6
NZL
FEA

5
AUS
SPR

15
AUS
FEA

13
RSA
SPR

15
RSA
FEA

Ret
MEX
SPR

4
MEX
FEA

1
SHA
SPR

11
SHA
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

13
6th 94
2008–09 NLD
SPR

Ret
NLD
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

1
CHN
FEA

2
MYS
SPR

5
MYS
FEA

1
NZL
SPR

1
NZL
FEA

2
RSA
SPR

4
RSA
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

2
POR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

1
1st 112

American open–wheel results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2010 Andretti Autosport Brazil
SAO
United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
16
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
19
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
KTY
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
34th 26
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2011 P1 Motorsport ALC
1

ALC
2

SPA
1

SPA
2

MNZ
1

MNZ
2

MON
1

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

HUN
1

4
HUN
2

3
SIL
1

SIL
2

LEC
1

LEC
2

CAT
1

CAT
2

17th 27

Complete Auto GP Results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2011 Campos Racing MNZ
1

MNZ
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

BRN
1

BRN
2

DON
1

5
DON
2

2
OSC
1

OSC
2

VAL
1

8
VAL
2

2
MUG
1

8
MUG
2

1
10th 64

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi NOG
QR
NOG
CR
ZOL
QR
ZOL
CR
NAV
QR
NAV
QR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
ALG
QR
ALG
CR
SVK
QR
SVK
CR
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR

2
DON
CR

4
20th 18

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A with Adam Carroll". britsonpole.com. 2008-05-31. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Adam Carroll". Motorsport. Adam Carroll Racing. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  3. ^ Jamie O'Leary (14 July 2011). "Adam Carroll to make Auto GP debut at Donington Park with Campos". Autosport. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Carroll gets final Audi seat". Autosport. 12 April 2007. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "autosport.com – GP2 News: Carroll replaces Pizzonia at FMS". Autosport. 
  6. ^ "Adam Carroll Not To Take Part In DTM Series For The Rest Of The Season". autoracingdaily.com. 2007-07-13. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  7. ^ "autosport.com – GP2 News: Carroll wins chaotic race in Hungary". Autosport. 
  8. ^ :::Race Control:::
  9. ^ "Carroll: Simple to say yes". crash.net. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Asmer to race in GP2 with FMS". autosport.com. 2008-06-10. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  11. ^ Carroll eyes Formula One chance BBC Sport, 23 April 2009. Retrieved on 2009-04-23
  12. ^ Doing it the hard way - Sky Sports
  13. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2011-08-25). "Insight: Lola's F1 Car - Best F1 team you never saw". Autosport 205 (8): 46–49. 
  14. ^ Andretti Autosport signs Adam carroll to limited 2010 Izod IndyCar Series schedule[dead link] – Andretti Autosport, April 29, 2010
  15. ^ Peter Mills (30 June 2011). "Adam Carroll to make FR3.5 debut at the Hungaroring". Autosport. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Adam Carroll joins Super Nova Racing". GP2 Series. 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 

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