KUALA LUMPUR: After spending two seasons in Formula 2, Nabil Jeffri is contemplating a move to the United States to race in the Indy Lights series.
Nabil said the high costs in F2 have been a major stumbling block in his mission to continue racing in the series. The 24-year-old has secured a seat to compete for a third season in F2 but has yet to raise the sponsorship required.
While many of his Malaysian peers have made the switch to endurance racing, which is much cheaper to compete in, Nabil is adamant on remaining in formula racing.
"I am not really keen on endurance racing as once you go that path it is very hard to come back to single seater racing," he said.
"Indy Lights is the second tier in the Indy Car series and is a good opportunity for me to continue racing in a single seater series. I have been negotiating with a few Indy Lights teams recently.
"It costs around four to five million ringgit per season which is about half of what is needed to compete in F2.
"Besides the lower costs, Indy Lights is also a very competitive series and the racing culture Stateside is also very appealing."
He, however, still has time to decide between the two categories.
"The deadline for me to confirm my seat in F2 is in March and it is a month later for Indy Lights so there is still time.
"It all depends on the sponsorship available. It is not an easy time to secure sponsorship at the moment."
Nabil had raced with UK-based Arden International on his debut season in F2, then known as GP2, in 2016 before moving to Italian outfit Trident Racing last year.