- Honda Performance Development-built Civic Type R engines powering racers' dreams
- Record-setting car counts in both F4 and FR series
- HPD and Honda bringing accessibility to greater numbers of aspiring drivers
After nearly an eight-month hiatus, the Formula 4 Untied States and Formula Regional Americas Championships returned to racing, roaring through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 26-28 with more than 50 Honda-powered cars between the championships.
The world’s largest FIA F4 average field stormed through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the weekend, bringing 33 F4 U.S. cars to the Honda-supported circuit. While teams and drivers were ready to go racing, Mother Nature had other plans in mind, plaguing the first round with torrential weather, causing multiple incidents that prevented green flag racing for Race 1. In the second F4 event of the weekend, 19-year old Christian Bogle started on point, and held onto his pole-position start to claim the Race 2 win* at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.
In a record-setting 19-car FR Americas field, Global Racing Group rookie Linus Lundqvist swept the opening weekend at the Mid-Ohio circuit. In both races, Lundqvist went lights to checkers in both of the weekend’s events.
These series reinforce the success HPD’s focus on developing and diversifying the next generation of racing talent. In addition, with Honda’s longstanding involvement in pinnacle open-wheel series including INDYCAR, HPD is able to facilitate unique racing career opportunities – from karting through to INDYCAR – that only Honda can provide.
To reward success at the start of an open wheel career, HPD provides an HPD F4 Drivers’ Champion scholarship that assists the top finishing F4 driver advance to FRA competition. To continue this growth, HPD recently announced a path to Indy Lights with a Honda INDYCAR-aligned team for the FRA series champion. These awards, along with support from the series’ partners, have created a defined path for young racing talent around the world.
“We are eager to continue the strong momentum in developing racing talent in North America by leveraging our unique product and program capabilities,” said Ted Klaus, President of HPD. “I’d like to thank our partners SCCA Pro Racing, Ligier and Hankook for taking the risk with us, starting in 2015, to power the dreams of future INDYCAR stars.
“Our consistent, reliable, and powerful HPD-developed Type R® race engines have helped create affordable racing opportunities for developing open wheel racers, and we are glad to extend our participation in this program.”
*pending final tech review