Andersen Racing has revealed that it will field a car for 21-year old Carmen Jorda in this year's Firestone
Indy Lights Series.
The Spaniard competed in the European F3 Open and Copa d'Espana series last year, with two podium finishes in the latter, for older cars, including a second at Magny-Cours. She also made three starts in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans Series, but has opted to continue up the single-seater ladder rather than switching to sportscars.
Jorda tested with Andersen at both Barber Motorsports Park and Sebring recently, and will make her Indy Lights race debut on the street course in St Petersburg at the end of March.
"I'm really excited to be racing in America this year," she said, "Firestone Indy Lights provides a different challenge to what I am used to in Europe, but I am very much looking forward to the journey.
"All of the tracks will be new for me, but this is something which I have to deal with. I am sure the experience of the team will help me on this front.
"Andersen Racing is fantastic. I have really enjoyed working
with my engineer, Walter Preston, and all of the team members. We still have some important tests coming up before the season gets underway in St Petersburg, but I am confident we will be ready."
Unsurprisingly, Jorda's goal is to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series and compete in the Indianapolis 500.
"Racing at Indianapolis will be a highlight for me this year," she said, referring to the 500-supporting Firestone Freedom 100.
Jorda follows in the path of Brazil's Mario Romancini, who won two races in Indy Lights with Andersen Racing in 2009 prior to moving up to the IZOD IndyCar Series this year, and the reigning Lights champion, JR Hildebrand, who was a member of the team in 2008.
"We're delighted to add Carmen to the Andersen Racing line-up for 2010, and we're expecting great things from her this season," said co-owner Dan Andersen, "She clearly demonstrated her commitment and focus at the two recent tests, showing excellent speed at the Sebring test last week, and lowering her times in each session.
"She has what is needed to excel in that she brings talent and a willingness to listen and learn, and we know she will surprise a lot of Firestone Indy Lights observers this year."