logoNathan Freke signs contract to race Indy Pro with Michael Crawford Motorsport.

KIDDERMINSTER driving ace Nathan Freke will be living the American dream after signing up to race in one of the motorsport mad nation`s biggest competitions.

The 25-year-old will test his mettle against some of the USA`s up and coming competitors after agreeing to join Michael Crawford Motorsport and race in the Indy Pro championship.

The competition is the American equivalent of GP2 in that it is the feeder to Indy Car the USA`s premier open wheeler series, which is watched by millions on television.

Signing the deal to race across the Atlantic is a big step for the 2006 Formula Ford champion, who struggled to find a team to race for last year.

At the moment I am a little apprehensive because it is a big step up,” said an excited Nathan.

“This is my big chance and I am determined to grasp it with both hands.

“I got to the stage last year when I would dismiss anything positive because I was so low, but we continued to work hard and now I have this wonderful opportunity.”

Nathan will have to acclimatise to racing in the competition, where he will be reaching speeds of 190 miles per hour on 8 oval, and 8 road circuits. The season starts at the Miami Speedway on Saturday, March 29 and all 16 rounds will be televised on American channel ESPN 2, including supporting the Indy 500.

Nathan has been given the job of taking his new team, which is is only three years old , to the next level.

After establishing itself the team wants Nathan to turn top ten finishes into podium places in his V8 powered Italian Dallara car.

His first taste of racing on an oval track will be at the rookie test, which is held at the Nashville Superspeedway on Monday 25th Feb.

Nathan coments “There`s always the risk that it won`t work out but we didn`t want to look back in ten years and regret not taking this chance.

“The team is only three years old but it`s very ambitious.

“They finished in top ten positions last season but hopes to move up a level and wants me to help take them there.

“We are still looking for support from local companies with connections to America but this was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Nathan will split his time between racing and running his motorsport business in Kidderminster to help pay for the cost of competing in America.

Story by Peter McKinney