W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will race in Formula Regional European Championship this year with Prema, replacing Roman Stanek.
Chadwick was left without a single-seater race programme for 2020 after W Series delayed its second season to 2021.
Prema announced on Tuesday morning that it had parted ways with the already-signed Stanek, leaving the door open for Chadwick to join the team.
“I am absolutely elated to be teaming up with Prema for the Formula Regional European Championship this year,” said Chadwick.
“With such an amazing calendar, what looks to be a very competitive grid and, of course the support of the Prema team, I really cannot wait to get back racing in August.”
Chadwick drove for Prema in last week’s pre-season Mugello test in place of Stanek, and will join Ferrari juniors Arthur Leclerc and Gianluca Petecof as well as Dane racer Oliver Rasmussen in its four car line-up.
She also revealed a new ‘long-term’ partnership with Rodin Cars – manufacturer of the high-performance track day Rodin FZED single-seater.
“I am incredibly grateful to Rodin Cars and David Dicker for this life-changing opportunity, and their support in the next chapter of my racing career. I’m so excited to start this journey with them and I hope we can enjoy mutual success together.”
Dicker announced his intentions to support 22-year-old Chadwick, already an Aston Martin junior and Williams development driver, all the way to Formula 1.
“Jamie is an exceptional racing talent,” Dicker said. “We are taking a long-term view on this in fully supporting her journey as she moves up the ladder towards F1.
“We want to see Jamie flourish and hone her abilities as a world-class racing driver in competitive racing on the global stage and she is joining the Rodin family because I believe she has the skills needed to contribute to the development of the forthcoming FZERO – a car that aims to be faster than an F1 car around a track.
Prema ran FIA Formula 3-bound Frederik Vesti to the inaugural FREC title last year, and won 16 of the 24 races.
“We are delighted to welcome Jamie to our Formula Regional European team for the upcoming season,” said team principal Rene Rosin.
“She achieved brilliant results in her career so far and we are looking forward to seeing her step up to this challenging international championship.
“Coming from the W Series, she knows the machinery quite well and her experience will definitely be a valuable asset. We are absolutely committed and will give our 100 per cent to help her succeed.”