Irvine denies move to US series

Irvine denies move to US series

Eddie Irvine has denied that he will move to the US to join Craig Pollock's new CART Champ Car team, saying he doesn't want to be involved in anything but Formula One. Irvine admitted this week that his chance to race for Jordan in 2003 was over,...

Eddie Irvine has denied that he will move to the US to join Craig Pollock's new CART Champ Car team, saying he doesn't want to be involved in anything but Formula One. Irvine admitted this week that his chance to race for Jordan in 2003 was over, as the team were looking for someone with more money, so he would not be competing in F1.

Eddie Irvine.
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"CART doesn't interest me," he said in the British press. "I competed at Le Mans a few years back but, these days, there are too many drivers in the 24-hour event who don't know what they're doing. F1 is the pinnacle and, if there's no place for me there, I don't want to be involved with anything else."

Although he is reluctant to give up on F1 completely, it seems unlikely that the Irishman will return to the sport; lack of funds notwithstanding, Irvine's age of 37 is also against him. However, he is now looking forward to the freedom to enjoy himself with pursuits he had to avoid when racing.

"Deciding to leave F1 was a hard call to make but at least now I'll really be able to let rip and do some of the things I've had to hold back on," he said. "Now my decision is out in the open, it's like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I feel I can breathe again."

"Throughout my time in the sport I've always had to stay away from anything which could injure me and prevent me from racing. I can now go for all the things I've been putting off. I am free to do whatever I want -- and top of my list is getting to grips with snowboarding and tearing round on a Motocross bike."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine
Teams Jordan