Howard Gets Indy Deal

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has confirmed that it will run a second car for Jay Howard (below) at the Indianapolis 500. The Briton, who failed to qualify for Indy with Sarah Fisher Racing, won the Indy Pro Series title with the team in 2006.

Subaru is set to decide this month if it will join the World Touring Car Championship, possibly as early as next season.

Series boss Marcello Lotti told AUTOSPORT that he is expecting an imminent decision on Subaru's long-rumoured WTCC entry. His claims were backed up by the boss

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of the Belgian Kronos team earmarked to run the project.

Lotti said: "I have spoken with them and they said the final decision will come in March. I hope they say yes and we know before the opening round of this year's championship in Brazil [on March 20]."

The Spyker Squadron team is taking a year off from competition to develop its new C8 Aileron for the GT Endurance category in time for next season. The Aileron road car is built around an all-new aluminium chassis developed in conjunction with Lotus and is longer and wider than the Laviolette raced for the past three seasons.

The last attempt to export European-style tin-top racing across the Atlantic resulted in the North American Touring Car Championship of1996. By theend of 1997, it had folded.

Stuck is scaling back efter 2011

Ecosse comeback

ECURIE ECOSSE is aiming to use an attack on the Spa 24 Hours this year as a platform to return to Le Mans, a race it won with Jaguar in 1956 and 1957.

Ecosse, which has been dormant since a British Touring Car Championship campaign in 1992-1993, will field an Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3 car in the Spa 24 Hours on July 30-31. The campaign was described by team principal Hugh McCaig as a "fantastic starting point" for a Le Mans return.

"We need to build up relationships with manufacturers and sponsors," he said. "We've only been working on this for a couple of months, so we will have to see what happens.

"We'd like to do more races after Spa, which will give us a platform to work for next year. Obviously Le Mans is synonymous with Ecurie Ecosse and that's where we want to be.

McCaig explained that he had been looking to bring back the team "for some time" but that the "circumstances had never been right".

Ecosse has contracted Barwell Motorsport to mastermind its Spa entry with a DBRS9 formerly entered by the British Beechdean squad. The car will be driven Oliver Bryant, Alasdair McCaig, son of Hugh, and historic racers Joe Twyman and Andrew Smith.

Multiple British GT race winner Bryant said: "I am very excited to be part of the Ecurie Ecosse comeback."

Stuck reveals retirement plan

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