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.”