NEW ERA OF RACING introduced to America this weekend in Pittsburgh

NEW ERA OF RACING introduced to America this weekend in Pittsburgh

Aug 03, 2018

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NEW ERA OF RACING introduced to America this weekend in Pittsburgh

F3 Americas makes world debut at Pittsburgh International Race Complex with 2018 F4 U.S. Champion Kyle Kirkwood leading the field

WAMPUM,PA (Aug. 3, 2018)- With the first production run of cars, the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda will usher in a new era of racing in North America as it makes its world debut during the Keystone Speedfest this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. This next level of open wheel racing meets the demands of racers and teams looking to grow their capabilities into more sophisticated, powerful machinery with a focus on performance, safety and cost control.

The new regional F3 Championship completed a successful closed shakedown earlier in the week. Former IndyCar driver Rafa Matos attended the test, fast-tracking development and set-ups for teams competing in the opening weekend.

“Rafa was an essential part of our development. The test earlier this week was the first time most of the teams logged laps in the car so Rafa’s professional contribution was vital,” said SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth. “The FIA technical regulations were delayed which suspended manufacturing until those were completed. Our partners Honda and Onroak Automotive have logged countless hours of overtime to make our August 3 deadline. The maximum number of chassis produced in that time will be on the track this weekend with grid growth anticipated as the season progresses.”

Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda 2018 title holder Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, returns to a Honda-powered machine in the No. 8 Abel Motorsports JS F3 machine in an attempt to make history as the first driver to win the F4 U.S. Championship, USF2000 Championship and F3 Americas Championship in one year’s time. Kirkwood signed a late deal with Abel Motorsports after a successful two-day test with the team earlier in the week.

“I have been very fortunate this season to have so much support,” said Kirkwood. “The car as whole seemed very promising throughout our testing earlier this week. A very special thank you to Honda, HPD, Pirelli, SCCA Pro, Phillips 66, Abel Motorsports, Firstex Industries, Bell Helmets USA and everyone who pulled this deal together so I could participate in the inaugural season. It’s been a whirlwind getting here but I am excited to get started.”

Five Ligier JS F3 chassis equipped with the 270-horsepower Honda Civic® Type-R® turbocharged K20C1 motors, a set of Pirelli P Zero slicks and the first North American application of a race car halo are slated to hit the newly-expanded FIA approved track Friday for official testing. On Saturday morning, the drivers will participate in qualifying, followed by the inaugural race in the afternoon. The final two rounds will be held on Sunday.

The inaugural event will count as championship races. The top-eight drivers on the leaderboards at the end of the season will earn Super License points to aid in their racing career advancement with the winner adding 16 points to his/her license.

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Points 16 14 10 8 6 4 2 1

F3 Americas joins a powerhouse lineup for the Keystone Speedfest, a mixed sports car and open-wheel weekend featuring the F4 U.S. Championship, the Trans-Am Series (TA, TA3, TA4), Formula Race Promotions’ Formula Race Promotions’ F1600 Championship Series, F2000 Championship Series and Atlantic Championship Series. Tickets are still available for the weekend at KeystoneSpeedfest.com. Fans can view the entry list, schedule and timing and scoring at F3Americas.com.

Entry List

Schedule

 

Photo by: Joseph Bierschbach

Photo Caption: The F3 Americas Championship will debut with first production run of cars this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

 

About F3 Americas Championship:

 

The F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda continues the evolution of affordable, competitive and technologically advanced open wheel racing that was established by the successful Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda that debuted in 2016. This next level of open wheel racing meets the demands of racers and teams looking to grow their capabilities into more sophisticated and powerful machinery. The F3 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.

F3 Americas 2018 Event Schedule:

Pittsburgh International Race Complex Aug. 4-5 Trans Am, F4 U.S., Formula Race Promotion
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Aug. 9-11 NASCAR Xfinity Series, Trans Am
New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 14-16 F4 U.S., Formula Race Promotion
Road Atlanta Sept. 21-23 Historic Sportscar Racing
NOLA Motorsports Park Oct. 13-14 Edge Addicts
Circuit of the Americas Oct. 19-21 Formula 1, F4 U.S.