21st January 2022
Young British talent Louis Foster will race full-time in America this year, joining the Indy Pro 2000 Championship with Exclusive Autosport.
Foster, 18, capped off his first season racing outside of the UK in 2021, finishing second with a scintillating campaign in the Euroformula Open Championship. He took three wins, a further 10 podiums and two pole positions in the series which races in Europe and supported F1 on occasion this year. Before that, Foster had won multiple races in every single season of his car racing career. Louis has been plotting a switch Stateside and set the quickest time of the post-season Chris Griffis Memorial test at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month. Now he’ll join the team he delivered that performance with for a full attack on Indy Pro 2000 title.
“I moved to America in August last year and I’m delighted to get this opportunity to race here with Exclusive Autosport in Indy Pro 2000 while continuing my studies in LA," said Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling.
“Last year was a massive learning curve for me in Euroformula Open as it was my first year competing full-time outside the United Kingdom. Now we’ve taken another big step to head to another continent to live and race.
“I’m really happy with how the Indianapolis test went and if that’s a reflection of how our year could go, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“The team is really friendly and well organised, and I’m excited to work with them more in the off-season to build on what we’ve achieved already.
"I'd like to thank the team's backers and my own sponsors for making this happen. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the continued support of my partners including Copart and Poggesi who have been so supportive of me. I’d like to thank each and every one of my sponsors as we continue the journey and take the next step on the ladder towards Indy Car.”
Exclusive Autosport is a relatively new outfit but won the teams’ championship in Indy Pro 2000 last year, taking five wins and three pole positions in the campaign. The Indy Pro 2000 series is the second on the ladder of progression known as the Road to Indy. Drivers start in USF2000, then graduate through Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights before heading to IndyCar.
"I'm here for the challenge and to continue my progression as a driver. I’m under no illusions as to how tough the competition will be and we’re in for a hard-fought year."
The first race of the season will be at St Petersburg in Florida, while races in ‘The Month of May’ in support of the famous Indianapolis 500 are another highlight on the schedule. Foster will also race on ovals for the first time, with two rounds on the calendar.
“That’s something else to try, racing on ovals, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” added Foster.
“It’s something totally new for me, and there’s no doubt it will be tough learning about the car geometry and how to work with my engineer to get comfortable in this new kind of racing.
“I know the team will be strong as it won at Gateway last year, so that gives me a lot of confidence heading in.
"One of the interesting aspects of racing here is that it tests drivers on road courses, street courses and ovals. It's a true test of a driver."
The season concludes at Portland on September 2-4 where, after 18 races the champion will be crowned.