It All Comes Down To COTA for Hyman and Tavella
INDIANAPOLIS (October 25, 2022) – It all comes down to Circuit of The Americas in the battle between Raoul Hyman and Dylan Tavella for the Driver’s Championship title in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas). The championship rivals have been side-by-side nearly the entire season, sharing the podium in 10 of the 15 events. Now, with a Super Formula Scholarship on the line, the two enter the final weekend of 2022 with only 70 points separating them.
Hyman (No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3) has had a banner year in FR Americas competition. With nine wins, four runner-up finishes and one third-place result, the Englishman only has one finish off the podium this season. Meanwhile, Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) has three wins this season with 11 podium finishes. The New Yorker has scored points in every race to stay within striking distance of the championship. With 75 points available at COTA and a 70-point gap from first to second, Tavella has an uphill battle and will need a perfect weekend to secure the title.
This year’s FR Americas champion will be awarded a 2023 Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division (HM-MS). With a value up to $600,000, the scholarship covers a substantial portion of the cost to run a full season, and includes an engine supply for the champion prizewinner to run with a Honda-powered team selected by Honda Motor Co. The FR Americas champion will be named an official Honda and HPD brand ambassador, with the opportunity to participate in Honda-sponsored events such as tours of the Honda Museum at Motegi, Aoyama HQ and Honda Thanks Day. In addition, the champion will receive 18 FIA Super License points, a Bell Athlete contract, a carbon Bell helmet, a custom OMP Racing Suit, and will be invited to the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony at the conclusion of the season.
The Team Championship battle is down to TJ Speed Motorsports and Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport. With a 97-point lead, TJ Speed is favored to take the title, but with 129 points available throughout the course of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour, anything is possible.
The 2022 season will conclude with the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour at Circuit of The Americas, November 2-4. After the final three rounds on the track, the event will culminate with the Championship Awards Banquet on Friday evening.
About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division.