Honda Performance Development (HPD) Establishes FR Americas Drivers’ Champion Scholarship

  • Honda demonstrates commitment to North American open wheel driver development
  • Scholarship enables FR America’s Driver’s Champion to race Indy Lights full season
  • FR Americas’ champion driver gains unique access to Honda’s winning INDYCAR teams

The Formula Regional Americas Championship provides talented young racers the opportunity to develop their skills in a state-of-the-art open-wheel chassis powered by the latest version of the iconic Honda Civic® Type-R® power plant. Following in the footsteps of the largest and most successful F4 series in the world, F3 Americas has grown in just two seasons to an average of 12 entries per race at venues such as Circuit Trois-Rivierès, Barber Motorsports Park and the Circuit of the Americas.

Supporting the next generation of racing talent is a fundamental value of Honda Performance Development (HPD), and as a committed partner to the F4 U.S. Championship, the FR Americas Championship and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, HPD is proud to expand its support for the FR Drivers’ Champion.

HPD’s scholarship will enable the FR Drivers’ Champion to compete in the subsequent year’s Indy Lights full season. This annual HPD scholarship will be used to support the FR Champion’s chosen Indy Lights team in the following year’s season and will be transferable to any HPD partner team supporting the FR Drivers’ Champion in the Indy Lights or NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

“The FR Americas Championship has produced drivers that are ready for the next step of open wheel competition,” said John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports. “We are pleased to be able to offer access to Honda’s winning teams and provide a critical contribution toward young driver’s professional racing aspirations.”

The regional FR championship is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, and features the F3-FIA* spec JS F3 chassis designed and sold by Ligier Automotive in North Carolina, which meets the most advanced global FIA safety specifications, including the first North American application of a race car Halo. The car, running on proven Hankook tires, is powered by a 303-horsepower Honda Performance Development version of the Honda Civic Type-R turbocharged K20C1 motor. This reliable and powerful engine is manufactured in the United States at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant in Ohio, and the engines are shipped to HPD in Santa Clarita, California for racing modifications including installation of a dry sump and other race-specific components.

The FR Americas Championship aligns 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.

“Since the beginning, the F4 U.S. Championship and FR Americas Championship have focused on giving young drivers the tools and track time they need to nurture and demonstrate their abilities,” said Dan Helman, President of SCCA Pro Racing. “Along with the great racing venues, instructional curricula, and veteran racing experience shared with drivers, there’s no question that this increased award will attract talented racers to this modern, competitive racing series.”

*Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile