American Camren Kaminsky, the latest protege of ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, has joined Double R Racing to contest the British Formula 3 International Series.
The 19-year-old from Arizona steps up from the British Formula Ford Championship, in which he finished eighth last season.
Kaminsky has yet to test an F3 car, although he has had contact with Double R Racing team boss Anthony 'Boyo' Hieatt by competing this winter in the Indian-organised MRF Challenge, for which Hieatt provides technical support.
The deal continues a long-standing relationship between Kaminsky's manager Blundell and Double R, who carried Mike Conway - another of Blundell's drivers - to the 2006 British F3 title.
Hieatt said: "Camren is a fantastic young prospect and we're thrilled he's signed with Double R for the British F3 season. It's great to be working with Mark Blundell and MB Partners again too.
"The step from Formula Ford to F3 is still big, even though Ford now has slicks and wings, but I'm confident Camren will be capable and quick. He certainly has a lot of potential."
Kaminsky, who began his career by finishing runner-up in the Pacific F2000 Championship, joins Macau's Andy Chang in the Double R line-up of Dallara-Mercedes.
The team is understood to be close to completing a deal with a third driver and could run a fourth.