It looks like Narain Karthikeyan has given up hope of getting a Formula 1 drive in 2013, which will leave the sport without an Indian driver this year. Karthikeyan was the first Indian F1 driver back in 2005 with the Jordan team, but he then disappeared from the Grand Prix world and it was not until 2010 that India had a new F1 racer in Karun Chandhok, who raced for the woeful HRT team for the first half of that year. The arrival of the Indian Grand Prix in 2011 meant that Karthikeyan was able to find backing to return to F1 (with HRT) for the first half of that year and for the Indian race, while Chandhok popped up again that year, driving with Team Lotus (now Caterham) in Germany that year. Karthikeyan then returned to HRT for the whole of 2012. This will mean that there is unlikely to be an Indian racing in the Indian GP this year.
Karthikeyan is reported to be heading for the United States where his sponsorship will go a great deal further than it will in Formula 1. Narain would be a good recruit for the struggling IndyCar Series and has even had some experience racing on ovals in the NASCAR Truck Series back in 2010 when he took part in nine races at the wheel of a Chevrolet. His best finish was a reasonable 11th.