Louis Deletraz will race full-time in the GP2 Series in 2017 after joining Spanish team Racing Engineering.
Deletraz, 19, finished as runner-up in the Formula V8 3.5 championship in 2016, losing out at the final round of the year to Tom Dillmann.
The Swiss racer made his GP2 debut in Abu Dhabi with Carlin, retiring from the feature race and finishing 17th in the sprint.
Deletraz will now return to GP2 for 2017 with Racing Engineering, having enjoyed a successful three-day test with the team in Abu Dhabi following the conclusion of the season.
“GP2 is where I want to be in 2017 since after the strong season in Formula V8, it’s the natural next step in my career,” Deletraz said.
“It’s the final category before reaching Formula 1 and getting to F1 is my primary goal. Racing Engineering are a good team and have produced some top results during the last five years.
“For me, there’s no better option and I am very happy with the choice.”
Deletraz will race alongside Gustav Malja, who was announced as one of the team’s drivers last week, through 2017.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott became the eighth driver to join the Superstar Racing Experience, the short-track series being started by Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart.
The two-time Daytona 500 winner and 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015 and was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver 16 times (his son, Chase, has received the honor the past two years). Elliott also closed his full-time Cup career driving for Evernham’s Dodge team from 2001-03, winning the 2002 Brickyard 400.
“I am excited to reunite with Ray Evernham and some of the great legends of our sport,” Elliott, who joins Stewart and Bobby Labonte as NASCAR Hall of Famers in the SRX, said in a release. “I look forward to racing at some of the most historic American racing destinations and putting on an awesome show for the fans. We have a special driver field and it will be fun competing with some of the greatest drivers of all time.”
The series, which is expecting to have a dozen drivers, also has Tony Stewart, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Webber in its lineup.
SRX was co-founded by NASCAR Hall of Famers Stewart and Evernham and was unveiled July 13.
Several drivers have expressed interest in the new circuit, which is modeled on the International Race of Champions (IROC) series that matched drivers from various auto racing disciplines in equally prepared cars for an annual four-race series for 30 years.
With the addition of Bill Elliott, Superstar Racing Experience has yet to reveal a schedule or tracks, but it’s expected that Stewart’s Eldora Speedway will be on the slate.