AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport has announced it has signed Charlie Kimball to the team's 2010 Firestone Indy Lights line-up.

Kimball, ended his 2009 rookie campaign tenth in the Firestone Indy Lights standings, having notched up two top-fives and eight top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

"I'm very excited to be joining AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport for 2010," said the 24-year-old, who launched his single-seater career in 2002 and who has already made one previous start for Andretti Autosport at Zandvoort in 2008 as part of the team's A1GP effort under the Team USA banner.

"This is a great step for me to take and I want to thank Gary [Peterson] and Michael [Andretti] for giving me the opportunity to drive for them. I learned a lot about the Firestone Indy Lights as a rookie this year and am looking forward to leveraging that experience into a run for the championship in 2010."

Kimball is the second driver to be signed by the team for 2010 as Englishman Martin Plowman was announced as an AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport driver back in October.

"We're excited to bring Charlie on board with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport for 2010," said Michael Andretti, chairman, president and CEO of Andretti Autosport. "He is a great guy and a driver that has a lot of potential. He was a pleasure to work with at Zandvoort back in 2008 and we're looking forward to watching him develop next season."

AFS Racing owner, Gary Peterson echoed those thoughts: "We're looking forward to working with Charlie next year. AFS/Andretti Autosport has been privileged to win the last two Firestone Indy Lights championships. We've seen the competition rise each year since the inaugural race in 2002, and Michael and I would very much like to set our place in the history of this series with a third-consecutive title."

An announcement regarding the sponsorship programme for Kimball's entry will be made in early 2010.



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