The 23-year-old previously tested the car during the Snetterton summer tyre test in 2016, which was when he first publicly declared his interest in racing in the BTCC.
Said Strandberg at the time; “I would love to race in the BTCC at some point. The car is completely different to anything I’ve ever driven before. I’ve driven a few cars but nothing like this – it feels like a proper race car.”
Swedish drivers have a history in the BTCC of course, most notably with Rickard Rydell having won the championship back in 1998.
Whilst the young Strandberg has a long way to go to emulate his fellow countryman, Maximum Motorsport boss Stewart Lines believes he has a real talent in his ranks.
“We are delighted to welcome Dennis to the BTCC,” said Lines. “We have worked with Dennis in recent years and we think he’s a really exciting prospect.
“At Maximum we pride ourselves on giving young drivers a chance and we’re looking forward to seeing how Dennis gets on in our Ford Focus.”
Strandberg has made six appearances in the Swedish Touring Car Championship so far this season – driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI – and currently holds seventh spot in the standings.
His CV includes a spell in the Southern Swedish Karting Championship before he moved to car racing and an outright championship in Ginettas.
He later joined Maximum Motorsport, driving a Volkswagen Scirocco in selected rounds of the Miltek Volkswagen Racing Cup.
In 2016, he competed across several rounds in various GT and touring car championships, including the Swedish Ginetta GT5 Championship and British GT.
He also won races in the ADAC TCR German Touring Car Championship.
Strandberg replaces Josh Cook at Croft, with the latter moving to MG Racing RCIB Insurance following the recent departure of Daniel Lloyd.