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F3 Americas champion to receive Indy Lights scholarship from HPD

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Starting this season, the winner of the F3 Americas championship will receive a scholarship to race in Indy Lights the following year.

The scholarship, which is sponsored by Honda Performance Development, will provide the necessary funds for the champion to run a full schedule for the team of his or her choice in the subsequent season. Additionally, HPD will allow the scholarship to be used with one of their partner teams in the NTT IndyCar Series, should the champion qualify for a license.

“The F3 Americas Championship has produced drivers that are ready for the next step of open wheel competition,” said HPD Commercial Motorsports Manager John Whiteman. “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.”

Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the F3 Americas Championship will feature seven rounds in 2020, beginning on the weekend of April 9-11 at Road Atlanta. All cars competing in the series are powered by a 303-horsepower Honda Performance Development version of the Honda Civic Type-R turbocharged K20C1 motor.

“Since the beginning, the F4 U.S. Championship and F3 Americas Championship have focused on giving young drivers the tools and track time they need to nurture and demonstrate their abilities,” said SCCA Pro Racing President Dan Helman. “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.”

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Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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