Motor Racing: Warwick tries to make move into IndyCars

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BRITAIN'S Derek Warwick, unable to negotiate a drive in Formula One, flies out to Phoenix next week in the hope of talking his way into a job with an IndyCar team.

The 39-year-old, Jersey-based driver refuses to accept his grand prix days are over, pointing out that vacancies are likely to arise as sponsorship money runs out, but in the meantime he is keen to investigate possible options on the American scene.

Warwick will talk to team owners assembling for the first oval race of the IndyCar series, on the speedway where Nigel Mansell crashed heavily and injured his back during practice last year.

Jordan-Hart may give the British Formula Three champion, Kelvin Burt, his Formula One debut at the Pacific Grand Prix, later this month, if Eddie Irvine's appeal against suspension is rejected. The Ulsterman was banned for one race for dangerous driving and fined dollars 10,000 (pounds 6,600).

The team have been inundated with calls from willing replacements, but Burt, already lined up as Jordan's test driver, says he is prepared for the challenge.