Lincoln-born Jack Harvey has set himself high expectations for the year.
He finished his first season in Indy Lights in second place, level on points with the eventual champion Gabby Chaves.
The pressure on Harvey to deliver this time round is immense especially with high-profile adversaries like ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton lining up on the grid.
Harvey said: “It is crystal clear what the team’s objectives are and I am the driverwho has come in to try and deliver it for them.
“I am feeling good about this year. No-one puts more pressure on me to win races than I put on myself so it’s not something that particularly fazes me. It’s justsomething I have always had to deal with.”
Harvey started the Indy Lights season with a double podium as the new campaign roared into life on Saturday.
The Lincolnshire racing driver, in his second season in the American racing series, drove superbly to take second place in both races of the opening weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In qualifying Harvey sealed a front row start for Saturday’s opening race, just behind pole-sitter Ed Jones, who went on to win both the weekend’s races.
He will be in action again in just under three weeks when the Indy Lights second round takes place at Long Beach California.
Harvey began his racing career at the age of nine. In 2006 he won the Super One British title by a single point, and the Kartmasters British Grand Prix.
In 2007, Harvey become a driver for the Italian Maranello team and won four trophies by the end of the year.
For the 2008 season, Harvey signed with the Birel Motorsport team and became Asia-Pacific Champion.
He began his formula racing career in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe season and in 2010 finished the year as runner-up.
For 2011, Harvey moved into the British Formula Three Championship and finished 9th, scoring one victory and four podiums in his first season.
After seven wins and 12 podium finishes Harvey became the 2012 British Formula Three champion.
For the 2014 season Harvey moved to the USA and signed to race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indy Lights series, the established junior feeder series for the Indycar series.
He finished the season in second place in the championship standings and won four of the season’s final five races.
Harvey has put his hopes on reaching Formula One on hold for the time being due to the amount of sponsorship needed to reach that level.
He said: “I enjoy racing in America. I would never close the door to Formula One but we are going down a different path at the moment.
“I haven’t given up on that dream though.”