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THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS, ONE WET WEEKEND AT ROAD ATLANTA

THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS, ONE WET WEEKEND AT ROAD ATLANTA

Teddy Wilson, Kiko Porto and Joshua Car all claim victories in wet and wild season opener

BRASELTON, GEORGIA (April 21, 2019)- From photo finishes to multiple lead changes in the rain, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda delivered three dramatic rounds of racing in the season debut at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Inclement weather dictated team strategy with three different winners emerging atop of standings. Continue reading THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS, ONE WET WEEKEND AT ROAD ATLANTA

TEAM IRELAND DRIVER CONFIRMS DRIVE WITH GLOBAL RACING GROUP

TEAM IRELAND DRIVER CONFIRMS DRIVE WITH GLOBAL RACING GROUP

James Roe Jr. continues American open-wheel progression

INDIANAPOLIS (March 11, 2019)- After a successful American debut last season, James Roe Jr. of Naas, Ireland, continues his open-wheel development, confirming a seat in the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda with Global Racing Group. The championship debuts April 5-7 at Barber Motorsports Park supporting the NTT IndyCar Series.

Roe, the nephew of CanAm Championship winner and Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame driver Michael Roe, is the third driver to sign with the inaugural vice team champions, joining series veteran Baltazar Leguizamon and rookie Blake Upton.

“We are really excited about James joining Global Racing Group. It’s a special milestone in the continued growth of Global Racing Group and recognition of the level of competitiveness in F3 Americas that we’ll continue to see,” said Global Racing Group team principal Christian Pedersen. “In the off-season, GRG established a pathway to Europe through a new foothold partnership with Douglas Motorsport in the United Kingdom, filtering F3 Americas graduates to the next level of open-wheel competition in Europe, and with our new scholarship program for European drivers, we now also help drivers in the other direction. We are very proud that James will join us and I’m sure we’ll see some spectacular performances from him this year.”

Following a flourishing motorsport career in Ireland, Roe debuted stateside in 2018, wheeling a F2000 in the Formula Race Promotion F2000 Championship Series. Quickly adapting to the unfamiliar tracks and terrain, the-20-year-old racer set several records in the division, including tying the high for the most individual wins in a season with three victories and breaking the long-standing benchmark race lap record at Summit Point. Roe finished second in the championship, capturing seven podiums.

Not only did the young Irish driver show speed in F2000, but he also finished in the top-five at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his debut weekend in the USF2000 race last May. Roe’s strong work ethic and big ambitions drew Global Racing Group to offer Roe its inaugural European Driver Scholarship.

“I am extremely excited to be racing in F3 Americas this year with Global Racing Group. It is going to be a big step up driving a car with much more power and down force than I am used to, however I am really looking forward to the challenge,” Roe said. “I have to thank Max Crawford from Ligier Automotive for his support, Christian Pedersen from Global Racing Group for assigning its European Driver scholarship to me and of course my sponsor John Campion along with everyone at CJJ Motorsports.”

The F3 Americas Championship offers young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements of the program. Drivers race spec Ligier JS F3 chassis that meet the most current global FIA safety specification, including the first North American application of a race car Halo. F3 Americas also uses a single powerplant, a 303-horsepower Honda Performance Development version of the new Honda Civic® Type R® turbocharged K20C1 motor, and drivers are limited to two sets of Hankook tires per race weekend, assisting in affordability.

F3 Americas is the fastest way for an aspiring driver to gain experience to an international racing platform on a budget. The ground-breaking, single-engine, single-chassis FIA-supported regional championship visits six different venues with 17 races in its sophomore season, supporting series like Trans Am, NASCAR Xfinity and the NTT IndyCar Series. Typical race meetings offer three 35-minute races with qualifying and two practices built into an event. Altogether, competitors have around three hours of track time available per race meeting, allowing them to increase their experience in open wheel racing. The top-eight overall drivers at the end of the season are awarded with FIA Super License points to aid in their racing career advancement to Formula 1.

F3 Americas 2019 Schedule

o April 5-7: Barber Motorsports Park with IndyCar Series
o April 18-20: Road Atlanta with F4 U.S and FRP
o June 21-23: Pittsburgh International Race Complex with F4 U.S.
o July 26-28: Virginia International Raceway with F4 U.S. and FRP
o Aug. 22-24: Road Americas with NASCAR Xfinity Series, Stadium Super Truck Series and Trans Am
o Sept. 13-15: Sebring International Raceway with F4 U.S.

INAUGURAL VICE CHAMPION RETURNS TO F3 AMERICAS SET ON CLAIMING THE CHAMPIONSHIP

INAUGURAL VICE CHAMPION RETURNS TO F3 AMERICAS SET ON CLAIMING THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Global Racing Group signs Baltazar Leguizamon to second F3 Americas season

INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2019)- Just days after officially announcing its return to F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda, Global Racing Group signed Argentinian driver and 2018 F3 Americas Vice Champion Baltazar Leguizamon to a full championship season. The South American native fostered a deal with the multi-platform team determined to be the first international driver to win the F3 Americas Championship.

“I am very excited to join Global Racing Group for another season. We were strong last season and with the improvements we’ve made in the off-season I know we can win the championship this year. My goal for this year is to be the first international champion of the series,” Leguizamon said. “Also, more drivers from abroad, like me, are attracted to F3 Americas because its growing rapidly, filled with a lot of talent and supported by the FIA so we can earn Super License Points to progress into Formula One or IndyCar. I’m thankful for my team, trainer, boss, sponsors, family, Honda, Ligier, Hankook and SCCA Pro Racing who helped make this season possible.”

The inaugural Vice Champion drove GRG to victory circle 14 times in the 2018 F3 Americas season, claiming the only two first-place finishes for the Seattle-based squad. Leguizamon is the first driver from the inaugural F3 season to confirm his championship contention.

“The entire Global Racing Group team is excited to welcome Baltazar back for another season,” GRG team principal Christian Pedersen said. “In 2018, he showed what champions are made of and demonstrated passion, perseverance and hard work. He will surely be in strong contention for the championship this year, and we can’t wait to get to Barber!”

Global Racing Group expanded its F3 Americas roster to four entries for the upcoming season. In the off-season, the team established a pathway to Europe through a new foothold partnership with Douglas Motorsport in the United Kingdom, filtering F3 Americas graduates to the next level of open-wheel competition in Europe.

The 17-race F3 Americas season kicks-off April 5-7 at Barber Motorsports Park, supporting the IndyCar Series at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. For more information about drivers, teams or the series, visit F3Americas.com.

REIGNING F4 U.S. CHAMPION DAKOTA DICKERSON BREAKS TRACK RECORD DURING FIRST F3 TEST

REIGNING F4 U.S. CHAMPION DAKOTA DICKERSON BREAKS TRACK RECORD DURING FIRST F3 TEST

Dakota Dickerson tests new Ligier JS F3 at Carolina Motorsports Park

KERSHAW, SOUTH CAROLINA (Feb. 25, 2019)- The reigning Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda titleholder Dakota Dickerson of San Diego hopped behind the wheel of his new Ligier JS F3 car during a two-day test session at Carolina Motorsport Park, breaking the track F3 testing record held by former IndyCar driver Rafa Matos by nearly two seconds in just his third session in the car.
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SCCA PRO RACING STEWARDS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING SEASON IN GENEVA WITH FIA

SCCA PRO RACING STEWARDS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING SEASON IN GENEVA WITH FIA

F4 U.S. and F3 Americas officials join stewards from around the world for FIA training

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22, 2019)- The Race Director and Stewards from the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda joined more than 200 motorsport officials from around the globe for the third annual FIA International Stewards Program in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 8-10. Since its inception, the program has become a hugely popular educational event for race directors and stewards across various motorsport’s disciplines. Continue reading SCCA PRO RACING STEWARDS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING SEASON IN GENEVA WITH FIA

F3 AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP ENHANCES 2019 SCHEDULE WITH A VISIT TO ROAD AMERICA

F3 AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP ENHANCES 2019 SCHEDULE WITH A VISIT TO ROAD AMERICA

F3 Americas will support NASCAR Xfinity Series at Road America Aug. 22-24

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 21, 2019)- F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda finalized its schedule, adding Road America to its already impressive list of circuits for the 2019 season. As one of the newest FIA regional single-seater, single-chassis championships, the groundbreaking series joins an already stout ticket, supporting the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the Stadium Super Truck Series and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Aug. 22-24. Continue reading F3 AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP ENHANCES 2019 SCHEDULE WITH A VISIT TO ROAD AMERICA

SCCA PRO WELCOMES MOTORSPORT VETERAN BRIAN TILL TO STEWARDING STAFF

SCCA PRO WELCOMES MOTORSPORT VETERAN BRIAN TILL TO STEWARDING STAFF

Brian Till named Steward of the Meet for F4 U.S. and F3 Americas championships

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 18, 2019)- SCCA Pro Racing has named Brian Till as Steward of the Meet for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda and F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda upcoming season. Till’s primary focus for 2019 will be working with Race Director Scott Goodyear on developing F4 U.S. Championship drivers on and off the track in effort to create more green flag racing. Continue reading SCCA PRO WELCOMES MOTORSPORT VETERAN BRIAN TILL TO STEWARDING STAFF

JOSE BLANCO RETURNS TO F4 U.S. WITH CHAMPIONSHIP AMBITION

JOSE BLANCO RETURNS TO F4 U.S. WITH CHAMPIONSHIP AMBITION

Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport confirms second driver of the season

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2019) – Less than two weeks after confirming Brazilian driver Arthur Leist to its roster, reigning team champions Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport added another championship contender to its 2019 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda lineup, signing Jose Blanco of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a second season. In his rookie year, Blanco finished sixth overall in the largest F4 championship in the world, earning three wins, six total podiums and 10 top-10 results. Continue reading JOSE BLANCO RETURNS TO F4 U.S. WITH CHAMPIONSHIP AMBITION

F4 U.S. STILL GAINING POPULARITY ENTERING FOURTH SEASON

F4 U.S. STILL GAINING POPULARITY ENTERING FOURTH SEASON

Oliver Clarke confirms second season with Velocity Racing Development

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 18, 2019) – In 2018, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda maintained the largest F4 field in the world, averaging 31 Ligier JS F4 cars for the 17-race season. With teams like Alliance Racing Sponsored by Gas Monkey Energy Drink, DEForce Racing and Jay Howard Driver Development all expanding their F4 efforts for 2019 and the Formula Pro USA F4 West Coast filtering in new drivers, the field for the season opener at Road Atlanta (April 18-20) is on track to surpass last year’s record-breaking season. Continue reading F4 U.S. STILL GAINING POPULARITY ENTERING FOURTH SEASON

DEFORCE RACING DOUBLES TEAM SIZE FOR 2019 F4 U.S. SEASON

DEFORCE RACING DOUBLES TEAM SIZE FOR 2019 F4 U.S. SEASON

DEForce Racing confirms two Brazilian drivers

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 13, 2019) – After a strong championship finish last year, DEForce Racing enters the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season with four Ligier JS F4 machines, doubling its program from 2018. The Houston-based team will field four cars for 2019, filling two seats with young Brazilian drivers Kiko Porto and Guilherme Peixoto.

In 2018, DEForce placed fourth in the team championship and its rookie driver James Raven claimed the F4 U.S. Vice Championship title.

“We are very happy to have a wave of Brazilian talents coming through our team,” said Ernesto Martinez, Co-Owner of DEForce Racing. “I’m sure we are going to have a very competitive squad to fight for the 2019 F4 Championship.”

Peixoto began racing karts at seven years old and went on to win several Brazilian national karting titles. After a very successful karting career will transition into open-wheel competition, debuting in a Ligier JS F4 machine outfitted in the neon blue and white DEForce Racing colors.

“I am very pleased to be joining F4 U.S. with DeForce for the 2019 season,” Peixoto said. “It will be my first season in open-wheels and we chose the North American path as, today, is the most promising way to become a professional racing driver. It will be very challenging, and I believe I have a very strong team around me. I can’t wait for the first race in April.”

Porto returned to the DEForce lineup for his first full F4 U.S. season. In his rookie year, Porto competed in eight championship races, earning five top-10 finishes.

“This will be a very difficult season since there are so many good drivers who already have a lot of experience in Formula 4,” said Porto. “But I hope to achieve the evolution that I need to get my first podium in the American category. I am climbing one step at a time to give way in my career. God willing, we will make this a good year and achieve my goals to help my team.”

Focused on getting back to the competition mindset, Porto and Peixoto are completing a rigorous preseason test schedule with DEForce in preparation for the season opener at Road Atlanta April 18-20.

DEForce Racing is still finalizing its roster for 2019, testing prospective drivers during the off season. Interested parties should contact ernesto@deforceracing.com.

F3 AMERICAS GAINS MOMENTUM HEADING INTO ITS SECOND SEASON

F3 AMERICAS GAINS MOMENTUM HEADING INTO ITS SECOND SEASON

F3 Americas field grows as new teams and drivers enter for 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 12, 2019)- The F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda ushered in a new era of racing in North America last year. Now with more than a dozen cars purchased and early registration entries rolling in, the 2019 roster is developing with new talent committed to elevating this season’s competition. Continue reading F3 AMERICAS GAINS MOMENTUM HEADING INTO ITS SECOND SEASON

KIRKWOOD SWEEPS INAUGURAL F3 AMERICAS COTA WEEKEND IN EPIC RACE TO THE FINISH

KIRKWOOD SWEEPS INAUGURAL F3 AMERICAS COTA WEEKEND IN EPIC RACE TO THE FINISH

Kyle Kirkwood wins United States Grand Prix support race after suffering front wing damage

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Oct. 23, 2018)- Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, reminded the world why he is the 2018 F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda regional champion after winning the inaugural season finale at the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on Sunday. In the closest finish of the season, Kirkwood, who suffered substantial front wing damage at the beginning of the race, took the checkered less than three tenths of a seconds before Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark. With a win in the opening round on Saturday, Kirkwood swept his fourth F3 Americas weekend of the season, adding 15 total wins to his season record. Continue reading KIRKWOOD SWEEPS INAUGURAL F3 AMERICAS COTA WEEKEND IN EPIC RACE TO THE FINISH

DICKERSON AND RASMUSSEN TAKE VICTORIES AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX IN F4 U.S. SUPPORT RACES

DICKERSON AND RASMUSSEN TAKE VICTORIES AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX IN F4 U.S. SUPPORT RACES

F4 U.S. drivers deliver action-packed races from start to finish at Circuit of the Americas

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Oct. 23, 2018)- Thirty-three Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers staggered across the front straight of the legendary Circuit of the Americas in front of thousands of fans, competing on the same world stage as their Formula 1 heroes serving as the support race for the United States Grand Prix Oct. 19-21. Dakota Dickerson of San Diego and Christian Rasmussen of Copenhagen, Denmark, claimed victories in the final rounds of 2018 in what would be the closest, wheel-to-wheel action-packed races of the season. Continue reading DICKERSON AND RASMUSSEN TAKE VICTORIES AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX IN F4 U.S. SUPPORT RACES

GLOBAL RACING GROUP SWEEPS F3 AMERICAS OPENING ROUND AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK

GLOBAL RACING GROUP SWEEPS F3 AMERICAS OPENING ROUND AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK

Baltazar Leguizamon fights to the finish for second win of the season

AVONDALE, LOUISIANA (Oct. 14, 2018)- Global Racing Group proved that a race isn’t over until the checkered flag drops, sweeping the podium in the final moments of the first F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda round at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday. In what would be a storybook finish for Global Racing Group, the Seattle-based squad is the first team in F3 Americas’ short history to have drivers represented on each podium step in a single race.
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KIRKWOOD RALLIES IN ROAD ATLANTA FINALE FOR THIRD F3 AMERICAS HAT TRICK

KIRKWOOD RALLIES IN ROAD ATLANTA FINALE FOR THIRD F3 AMERICAS HAT TRICK

Late yellow restart challenges Kirkwood’s lead

BRASELTON, GEORGIA (Sept. 26, 2018)- For the third time in its inaugural season, Kyle Kirkwood of Jupitar, Florida, swept an F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda event, this time at Road Atlanta during the Atlanta Fall Historics Weekend Sept. 21-23, increasing his victory and pole-start tally to 11. While the Abel Motorsports driver carried his team across the finish line for three more victories, it wasn’t without constant pressure from the Global Racing Group squad. Continue reading KIRKWOOD RALLIES IN ROAD ATLANTA FINALE FOR THIRD F3 AMERICAS HAT TRICK

KIRKWOOD TAKES TENTH F3 AMERICAS WIN AT ROAD ATLANTA

KIRKWOOD TAKES TENTH F3 AMERICAS WIN AT ROAD ATLANTA

Global Racing Group drivers challenge Kirkwood in Rounds 10 and 11 of F3 Americas Championship

BRASELTON, GEORGIA (Sept. 23, 2018)- Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, was back to his winning ways in the first two rounds of F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda racing at Road Atlanta Saturday and Sunday, adding two more victories to his already staggering win collection. The two-day checkered conquest marks ten total victories for the reigning F4 U.S. champion.

Global Racing Group pilots Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, supported Kirkwood on the podium in both rounds. Leguizamon placed second in Round 10 and third in Round 11 with Pedersen taking third on Saturday and second on Sunday morning. Continue reading KIRKWOOD TAKES TENTH F3 AMERICAS WIN AT ROAD ATLANTA

KIRKWOOD CLAIMS NINTH CONSECUTIVE F3 AMERICAS POLE AFTER TIGHT QUALIFYING ROUND

KIRKWOOD CLAIMS NINTH CONSECUTIVE F3 AMERICAS POLE AFTER TIGHT QUALIFYING ROUND

F3 Americas drivers deliver closest qualifying session since its inception

BRASELTON, GEORGIA (Sept. 22, 2018)- Following a series tight qualifying session, Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, will start on pole for Round 10 of the new F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda today at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. While Kirkwood emerged to the top of the time trials to set the track qualifying record, the field from pole to last place was only separated by about eight tenths of a second.
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F3 AMERICAS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP INTENSIFIES WITH ADDITION OF NEW DRIVERS

F3 AMERICAS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP INTENSIFIES WITH ADDITION OF NEW DRIVERS

Parker Locke makes F3 Americas debut and Benjamin Pedersen returns to complete growing F3 field

BRASELTON, GEORGIA (Sept. 21, 2018)- The new F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda continues to grow as the series enters its fourth event set for Road Atlanta this weekend (Sept. 21-22). As the back end of the 14-race season approaches, teams are still expanding their lineups, chasing the inaugural team title. Continue reading F3 AMERICAS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP INTENSIFIES WITH ADDITION OF NEW DRIVERS

DICKERSON CLINCHES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A PAIR OF WINS SUNDAY AT NJMP

DICKERSON CLINCHES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A PAIR OF WINS SUNDAY AT NJMP

Action-packed F4 U.S. finale podium comes down to final lap

MILLVILLE, NJ (Sept. 19, 2018)- Underdogs rose to the top to claim their first top-10 victories and fumbles from point-leaders left fans on the edge-of-their seats, watching as the drama unfolded during the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda penultimate event at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday. Dakota Dickerson of San Diego clinched the 2018 season championship after winning the last two rounds, claiming the title before the United States Grand Prix finale at Circuit of the Americas next month. Continue reading DICKERSON CLINCHES SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A PAIR OF WINS SUNDAY AT NJMP

LEGUIZAMON SNAPS KIRKWOOD’S UNDEFEATED SEASON IN NJMP FINALE

LEGUIZAMON SNAPS KIRKWOOD’S UNDEFEATED SEASON IN NJMP FINALE

F3 Americas drivers closeout midseason event with intense racing action

MILLVILLE, NEW JERSEY (Sept. 20, 2018)- Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, stripped the checkered from Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, in the final round of the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda mid-season event at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sunday, ending Kirkwood’s eight-race win streak. Leguizamon, who’s been the runner-up to Kirkwood five times so far this season, crossed the stripe more than four seconds ahead of the Championship points leader, claiming his maiden victory in the new single-chassis, single-engine championship. Continue reading LEGUIZAMON SNAPS KIRKWOOD’S UNDEFEATED SEASON IN NJMP FINALE