Hemel racing star Michael Epps has been signed to drive in America in the USF2000 Championship for the 2013 season.
Epps will join the new PRL Motorsports team, owned by Patrick Linn, with F2000 veteran John Walko serving as the chief engineer on the Mazda-powered entry.
“I’m looking for a new experience, and I’d like to show what I’ve got to the USA,” said 20-year-old Epps, who leaves England on December 31.
“If things pan out well I want to be pushing for the championship and scholarship money for Pro Mazda – I’m well aware of the Road to Indy support and would be looking to move up towards IndyCar in the future.”
In a successful couple of years, Epps finished second in the British Formula Vee Championship in 2011, and raced in the 2012 Formula Renault BARC Championship.
He is the first driver announced for the new PRL squad, which hopes to add further cars before the season starts at Sebring in March.
Also on Epps’ resume are four wins in the prestigious London Cup kart race – staged at the Rye House karting circuit, where Lewis Hamilton launched his career.
Team owner Linn said: “I am very excited about having Michael Epps as one of our drivers for the 2013 USF2000 season.
“Michael has focus and a true passion for racing that myself as owner has and wants from a driver, with the outstanding ability to back it up on the track.
“Our team and Michael mesh extremely well and we all share the common racing desire to be the best as a team. The USF2000 series is a great opportunity for Michael to expand his career and reach the ultimate goal of moving up in the Mazda Road to Indy program.”
New for Epps, will be the challenge of the schedule’s sole oval track, Lucas Oil Raceway, and various street circuits such as St Petersburg, Toronto and Houston.
“I think the street circuits and oval racing will be the biggest challenge of the championship, as it’s going to be new to me,” said Epps.
“I can’t wait for that, though, streets look like good fun and I’m generally very smooth with my driving style, which will suit the oval stuff I imagine.”