Nicolas Ambiado and Patrick Woods-Toth Top NOLA Practice

AVONDALE, La. (April 12, 2024) – Drivers in Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) had two practice sessions on Thursday to prepare for this weekend’s NOLA SpeedTour. Series newcomers topped the speed charts with Nicolas Ambiado (No. 55 Tlink / Allegro Ligier JS F3) and Patrick Woods-Toth (No. 27 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) each leading one session.

In Practice 1, Ambiado paced the field with a lap time of 1:34.893. The 16-year-old moved up to FR Americas after spending the majority of last season running his Ligier JS F3 chassis in Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) competition. Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) Vice Champion Titus Sherlock (No. 31 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) was second, followed by returning driver Cole Kleck (No. 11 DD Autosport / International Mechanical Ligier JS F3) in third. Alex Benavitz (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) and Jett Bowling (No. 02 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) rounded out the top five.


     SEE MORE:  Practice 1 Results


Woods-Toth, last year’s F4 U.S. driver champion, led Practice 2 with a 1:34.597 lap. The Canadian moved up to FR Americas after winning the championship and earning a scholarship for the 2024 season that provided him with a chassis, engine, tires and entry fees—compliments of Ligier Automotive, Hankook Motorsports and Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), respectively. Two-time NOLA race winner, Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) was second fast, followed by Sherlock in third. Folsom, La. native Hayden Bowlsbey (No. 22 Save22 Ligier JS F3) was fourth, with Bowling in fifth.


     SEE MORE:  Practice 2 Results


FR Americas hits the track tomorrow for Qualifying and Race 1. Qualifying begins 9:20 a.m. CT, with lights out for Race 1 scheduled at 3:15 p.m. CT. Tickets for the weekend are available on Kids ages 12 and under, as well as active-duty military, police and fire with a valid military or work ID, are admitted free. Fans can meet the drivers of FR Americas and Ligier JS F4 during an autograph session in the NOLA Events Center at 1:45 p.m. CT.

All feature races will be available to stream on the SpeedTourTV YouTube page. Live timing and scoring can be accessed on the Race Monitor app, and additional news and updates from the season-opening weekend will be posted on the series’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.