Victorian Scott Andrews will return to the United States for the two-round USF2000 Winterfest Series, starting next month.
Andrews will slot into the JDC Motorsport team after showing promise in two outings for the same outfit in the USF2000 Championship last year.
Team owner John Church has again placed faith in the ex-Commodore Cup competitor to steer the Van Diemen chassis and Mazda 2-litre engine package.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and fantastic that John has decided to take a punt on an overseas driver,” Andrews said.
“Last year, the cars were all new and I hadn’t been to the tracks before, but we still showed our speed.
“The hardest thing is that having not spent my youth there, I’m not even remotely familiar with most of the racetracks we compete at.
“In Australia, when you arrive at a new track you generally know most of the lines and what direction it goes given you’ve probably seen it on TV.”
Andrews made his debut in the wings and slicks class at Laguna Seca last September before running again at the Houston street race at Reliant Park a month later.
The 23-year-old has designs on progressing through the elaborate US open-wheel feeder system and graduating to IndyCar but is also mindful of opportunities in sports cars.
“I’d love to race IndyCar but there are opportunities in sportscar endurance racing as well, so I just have to keep working hard and doing the best I can.”
The 2014 USF2000 Winterfest kicks off at NOLA Motorsport Park in New Orleans from February 21-22 before heading to Barber Motorsport Park, Alabama, February 25-26.