The list of Formula 4 series looks set to grow next year with the introduction of a United States based series, starting in 2016.
The project, that will be run by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), will have a five race calender that, like its European counterpart, will consist of three races within the weekend. As to reduce costs, the championship will only include circuits on the east coast, with the idea of making it nationwide in the near future.
Despite this, SCCA Pro Racing boss, Robert Clarke did not deny that the championship could split into an east and west series, probably to keep down costs for racers making their first step out of karting. Clarke also hopes to use locally built machinery for the new Formula 4 cars.
“Cost is an issue and by not importing cars, you are not dealing with with the headaches of important duties and shipping,” he said. “It also simplifies the issue of trackside support.”
Stefano Domenicali, President of the FIA Single-Seater committee commented, saying;
“The way F4 is growing around the world, it was imperative to find a home in the USA. F4 is the first step on the ladder after karting and we want to give the talent in this country the same chances as drivers elsewhere.”
A show car was unveiled on Thursday based on the Formula Litres Series cars, the modified FL15 will be driven by Katherine Legge next month to promote the championship.
When asked if the new Formula 4 series will compete or break up the Mazda Road to Indy, Clarke denied it, saying; “In my opinion this will be a feeder into the Road to Indy. I hope we can work together to put more kids into cars, more drivers on the track and more fans in the grandstand.”
With the Mexican and Spanish Formula 4 championship’s in development, the FIA may have 10 series running next year in various places around the world.