Davey Hamilton Jr., is finalizing plans to race in in the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires for team owner Jack McCormack and McCormack Racing.

The third generation driver, the son of veteran Indy car competitor Davey Hamilton, will be making his debut campaign in a single seater after racing for the last few years in sprint cars.

"This opportunity with Jack McCormack is something I have been looking forward to for a long time," Hamilton Jr., said. "We are working hard to be on the grid in March to challenge for wins and ultimately an Indy Lights championship. We still have some work to do financially but we're pushing hard."

Hamilton hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as the latest American racer to translate asphalt open wheel and sprint car success into a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Hamilton Jr.'s 2015 concluded with his fifth sprint car win of the year at Madera Speeedway in November en route to the King of the Wing Western Sprint Car Series championship. Hamilton has spent much of the off-season testing, primarily at Buttonwillow Raceway in California in both the IL-02 and IL-15 chassis.

His father competed in 11 Indianapolis 500s with a best finish of fourth. He also finished second in series points in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998, and achieved a remarkable ninth in the 2007 edition of the Indianapolis 500 after a six-year recovery from a devastating crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

McCormack's racing history goes back to 1966 in drag racing before a successful career in engineering and car ownership across IMSA, IndyCar, Indy Lights and USAC. McCormack has worked with a diverse range of top drivers such as Sam Posey, Skip Barber, Pancho Carer, Roger McCluskey, Jerry Sneva, Roger Mears, Tom Sneva, Geoff Brabham and Dick Simon.