Oliver Turvey is to make his Formula 1 testing debut behind the wheel of a McLaren at Jerez in Spain this week.
The young Briton, who has been handed the drive as part of his prize for winning the 2006 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Young Driver Award, says he cannot wait to get out on track during the young driver test days.
"I've gone over this moment so many times in my mind, so it's very exciting to be getting this opportunity to test with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team at Jerez this week," he said.
"My aim is to enjoy the experience, but also to learn as much as I can from it. If possible, I'd also like to be able to help the team with its preparations for the 2010 season."
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh added: "We're extremely proud of our commitment to young talent and the efforts we've made to ensure the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Young Driver winners are given the experience of a lifetime when they test with us.
"A drive in a race-wining Formula 1 car is every racing driver's dream, and I'm sure Oliver will use this week's test as the perfect opportunity to broaden his experience as he continues his successful single-seater career."