JDC MotorSports' quest for a fourth Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title is taking an important first step, with the Minnesota-based squad confirming the signing of Lloyd Read.

The British-born Californian will make his full time Mazda Road to Indy debut in 2013 with impressive results already on his racing resume.

Since joining the Pro Mazda Championship (formerly the Star Mazda Championship) in 2006, JDC MotorSports has strived to not only win races and championships, but also develop future stars of motorsports. The renowned junior formula car squad has done just that over the years, and believes it is poised to do it again with the addition of Read to its 2013 Pro Mazda Championship line-up.

While Read enters the upcoming Pro Mazda season essentially a rookie, he will have the benefit of having already raced with JDC MotorSports in the highly-competitive Mazda Road to Indy series, after contesting the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round. Setting the stage for a strong season-long partnership with JDC in 2013, Read impressed in the doubleheader, scoring two top-10 finishes against talented competition. Given JDC MotorSports experience and expertise in the pro Mazda ranks, combined Read's 2011 rookie championship-winning season in the Formula Car Challenge Pro Mazda, the 22-year-old is set to be a front-runner in 2013.

"We are very excited to have Lloyd under our tent for the 2013 season," said JDC MotorSports team principal John Church. "He has shown great speed, and we look forward to developing him into a consistent front-runner."

"I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to drive for JDC MotorSports in 2013," Read said, who races thanks to support from Read Motorsports, Aerocraft Design, and Maaco. "JDC has proven to be the top team in the Pro Mazda paddock over the years, and for me to be able to join them in my rookie year is beyond what words can explain. We are going to be the team that everybody is chasing in 2013."

Read will be part of a multi-car title challenge by JDC Motorsports, with his teammates to be announced shortly.

JDC MotorSports and Read begin the pursuit of top honors in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires via pre-season testing, followed by the yet to be confirmed season-opening doubleheader.