Event Program: 2022 NOLA SpeedTour

Meet FR Americas & F4 U.S.

A Modern Approach to Motorsports

photos by Gavin Baker 

In the mid-2010s, the FIA realized a need within the open-wheel development ladder system—an affordable step between karting and F3 to help drivers hone their skills, while focusing on safety and controlling cost. With that, FIA Formula 4 was born in 2014. One year later, in 2015, SCCA Pro Racing and FIA combined forces to create the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.). Teams and drivers aligned with FIA and series’ partners Honda, Honda Performance Development, Ligier Automotive North America and Hankook Tires USA, to embark on their inaugural season in 2016.

FIA Formula 4, and subsequently F4 U.S., were designed to be a globally recognized yet affordable step between karting and F3. The car was constructed to keep costs down, while providing an ideal learning tool for young drivers who have never raced cars before. The series quickly offered more value and benefits than any other form of entry-level open-wheel racing at a low cost. In addition to development on the track, F4 U.S. offers developmental educational programs that cover everything from driving preparation to marketing and public relations.

Premiering in 2016 with 15 races held across five event weekends, F4 U.S. attracted a total of 19 drivers and nine teams over the course of the season. In year two the field doubled, and by year four, F4 U.S. smashed the FIA F4 entry record with 38 drivers entered in their race at the 2019 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix.

As F4 U.S. proved its success, conversations started to discuss creating another step in the developmental ladder. After years of development, testing and manufacturing, the ground-breaking FIA series Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) was ready for launch by 2018.

Like F4 U.S., FR Americas remained focused on affordability and safety, with the innovative series being the first with a car that featured a halo in North America. Driver training and manufacturer support remain key elements of the FR Americas structure, with series partners like Honda, Ligier Automotive North America and Hankook Tires playing an active role.

A spec series, FR Americas allows teams, whether multi-car or single-car, the same opportunity to succeed with its capped costs. The cars allow for significant setup adjustments to increase the driver’s technical knowledge and experience—skills and knowledge that prove valuable when moving up the open-wheel ladder.

FR Americas attracts the top up-and-coming talent from around the globe. The 2021 FR Americas campaign featured drivers from eight countries.

Notable FR Americas & F4 U.S. graduates include: Kyle Kirkwood (IndyCar & IMSA driver, 2021 Indy Lights Champion), Dakota Dickerson (IMSA and SRO World Challenge Racer), David Malukus (IndyCar driver), Benjamin Pederson (Indy Lights driver), Hunter Yeany (FIA Formula 3 driver), and Cameron Das (EuroFormula driver).