Britain's Duncan Tappy has joined the European influx to this year's Firestone Indy Lights field, announcing a deal for the season's opening double-header round with series newcomer Genoa Racing.

Having won the 2007 Formula Renault UK title, the 24-year old spent the last year trying to secure a full-time ride in the World Series by Renault, but has now turned his attention to the US open-wheel scene - following in the footsteps of future Lights rivals such as Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann, and others, like James Winslow, who headed for the Atlantic Series - in an effort to further his career.

"This is an amazing opportunity and I'm going to give it everything I've got," Tappy admitted, "I've not raced a street circuit before, but I think I've shown that I can turn my hand to most things. It's going to be a steep learning curve getting to grips with the new car too, but I'll give it everything I've got."

The Briton will race for International F3000, Atlantic, Lights and IndyCar veteran Genoa after a day of testing at Sebring tomorrow [Monday] as preparation for the two street course races supporting the opening IndyCar Series round in St Petersburg on 4-5 April.

"Duncan is an outstanding, young talent and we are incredibly excited to have him," team owner Mark Olson claimed, "His professional experience and understanding of the equipment will fit well into our overall philosophy and approach. We are looking forward to having Duncan on the track and really showing what we can do."

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