Martin Plowman will make a one-off return to the IndyCar Series, after securing a two-race deal with the AJ Foyt Enterprises team to contest both championship rounds at Indianapolis.

The 26-year-old Englishman will pilot the team’s #41 Honda-powered challenger alongside Takuma Sato at the inaugural road course race at IMS, and follow this up a fortnight later with the 500-mile race on the famous ‘Brickyard’.

It will mark Plowman’s first IndyCar outing since 2011, when he had a three-race stint with Sam Schmidt Racing, claiming a best finish of eleventh on the streets of Baltimore.

“Once my career took me to sports cars I was concerned that I would never get the chance to race at and win the Indy 500,” Plowman said of his appointment, which will see him have a test session with the team at Sebring tomorrow.

“Winning at Le Mans last year was an incredible feeling that can only be beaten by one day adding my face to the Borg Warner trophy.

“I’ve lived in Indianapolis for the last five years, and winning there is what I dream about.”

imagePlowman has twice raced at Indianapolis’ speedway in Indy Lights, achieving a best finish of fifth with Andretti Autosport in 2010.

More recently, Plowman has carved out a successful career in endurance racing, winning LMP2 class honours at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with the OAK Racing outfit.

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