Garth Rickards will move up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, joining reigning Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires team champion Carlin for the 2017 season.
Rickards, a 24-year-old native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has raced the last two seasons in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda scoring a career-best finish of third at Mid-Ohio in 2016.
He finished as runner up in the F1600 Championship Series taking one victory alongside a total of nine impressive podiums while also claiming Rookie of the Year honors in the process.
“To say I am excited is an understatement and I can't thank everyone who was involved enough,” Rickards said. “Carlin has proven that they are one of the best junior open wheel teams in the world with their track record. Their focus on driver development will really help me grow and move my way up through the field in my rookie season. Trevor (Carlin) and the whole Carlin squad have been extremely supportive and I'm excited to work with them hopefully for many years”
Rickards, the first driver named for 2017 by Carlin, has already been busy testing with the team in an extensive preseason program, which will continue as Rickards prepares to make his series debut on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida in March.
“We are extremely pleased to have Garth join us here at Carlin for 2017,” racing director Trevor Carlin said. “Garth has shown real potential in his career so far and it’s always nice to see a driver moving further up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. We know that Garth will be a strong addition to our team and having already worked with him over the course of a test program, we’re looking forward continuing where we left off and building a strong program together for the season ahead.”