Giorgio Pantano, the newly crowned GP2 Champion, admitted coming to the United States may be the next step in his promising career. He hasn't ruled anything out yet, but he would take a Formula One test seat, if it was a decent long-term contract and not just a one-year deal.
While nothing officially has been released yet. It looks like Pantano, a 29-year-old Italian driver, may become the only winner of one of F1's support series that doesn't move up to the premier category.
In 2004, he ran a unsuccessful limited schedule for Jordan in Formula One.
Pantano admitted to the GP Week publication that he would have to wait, see if he gets any calls, and see if any teams are interested in his services as a driver.
He's focusing on his future; no offer will be overlooked, and he really doesn't want to take a one-year deal.
Pantano has already flirted with the American open-wheel scene a couple of years ago, racing in a few Indy Racing League events and in the now-defunct Champ Car Series. So heading stateside may be a option he would jump at if he feels he could find a decent seat securing his future.
Pantano's looking for other options, should F1 not have a decent option for him; he doesn't want to limit himself to just F1. He just feels looking at options stateside in open-wheel racing may just provide him with a multi-year contract, allowing him to grow and one that fits his future driving goals.
But with Paul Tracy unable to land a coveted IndyCar Series ride and possibly getting into NASCAR, Tracy will drive the No. 9 Germain Racing truck at the upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
We'll just have to wait and see what side of the Atlantic Pantano will be racing on in 2009.