Defrancesco will take part in a comprehensive programme which includes physical training as well as an extensive simulator programme. Alongside learning in a simulator environment, Defrancesco will also test on track in Carlin's school car, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 4 cars.
The recently turned 15 year-old racer is a Champion in his native Canada and the USA (after spending his childhood residing in Florida) and in Europe, where Defrancesco raced in the KF-Junior and also finished on the podium overall in the CIK European Championship. Defrancesco's season was curtailed by a previous hand injury, which after long term pain required double surgeries. Now building up strength in the hand and wrist ahead of his debut in car racing, the young American is well on the road to full recovery.
Speaking about his 2015 programme, Defrancesco said "I'm very excited to be with a team such as Carlin, we've put together a programme that will prepare me well for the future. Despite not being able to complete a full race season this year due to my recovery period, I feel as though the preparations I'm taking in 2015 will mean I return an even stronger driver for a full assault in 2016."
Trevor Carlin said, "We're delighted to have Devlin as an official team driver and we are really enjoying working with him on his continued recovery from his wrist injury. His work ethic is extremely impressive and it's clear that Devlin wants to turn this year of rehabilitation into a positive; building himself into an even stronger driver than before. His rate of improvement so far in a learning environment has been very encouraging and we're sure we have a talented driver on our hands. We hope to see Devlin racing with the team in the near future."