As expected, Britain's Mike Conway will be racing in the IndyCar Series this season, having inked a deal with stalwarts Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
The erstwhile GP2 Series frontrunner is the team's first confirmed driver for 2009, but will face a steep learning curve as he swaps the familiar European road racing circuit for the mix of road and oval courses common to the IRL.
The 25-year old rookie most recently completed a second season in the F1 feeder series with Trident Racing, and has top flight experience after serving as a test and development pilot for the now defunct Honda F1 team.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to race in the US with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," Conway said, "I'll be visiting a lot of new tracks for the first time, especially oval tracks, but I'm very much looking forward to the challenge."
Conway has been one of the top up-and-coming British drivers for the last few years, having won the national F3 title with Räikkönen Robertson Racing in 2006, before going on to take that season's prestigious Macau Grand Prix crown.
Although his first year in GP2 was tough, he eventually found his way to the top step of the podium at the most famous round of all, claiming victory on the streets of Monaco in 2008.
His initial foray into the IndyCar Series came during a test with former champion outfit Panther Racing, and produced a performance at Infineon Raceway that alerted other teams, Dreyer & Reinbold among them, to his latent potential.
His first outing with D&R will be a private rookie test before the IndyCar Series open session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on 25-26 February, marking Conway's first laps on an oval.
Dreyer & Reinbold will enter its tenth season of full-time competition in 2009, making it one of the longest-tenured teams in Indy Racing League competition. Current co-owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl first teamed up in 2000 with Buhl behind the wheel, and the team has since run a plethora of drivers including Indianapolis 500 winners Al Unser Jr, Buddy Lazier and Buddy Rice.
"We're excited to get the things rolling in getting ready for the 2009 season," Reinbold admitted, "We've made a lot of improvements in the off-season and, combined with Mike's talent, we're excited to see lots of positive results in this year's IndyCar Series events."
Conway remains the highest profile client of 2MB Sports Management Ltd, which recently announced that former Champ Car racewinner Mark Blundell has assumed sole control of its operations.