REDEFINING GLOBAL RACING

With innovations in safety and affordability, the F3 Americas Championship is designed to attract the very best young talent from around the world. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions this Championship, recognizing the importance of developing the racing stars of tomorrow. 

A NATIONAL F3 SERIES OPEN TO COMPETITORS AROUND THE WORLD

F3 Americas will race select weekends with the F4 U.S. Championship and other prestigious series beginning in the summer of 2018. The season event schedule includes:
  • Six race weekends
  • Three 35-minute races per weekend
  • Two 35-minute practices per race weekend
  • One qualifying season per race weekend

Affordability is a key component of the series, from the the Honda engines to the Ligier Crawford JS F3 chassis built by Onroak Automotive and Hankook tires. All F3 Americas Championship cars are built in North America. (Click here for full F3 Americas package)

KEY SAFETY FEATURES

  • FIA specification extractable seat wit 6-point harness
  • 2018 FIA front, side and rear crash structures
  • 2018 FIA headrest compatible with HANS
  • On-board fire suppression control system
  • 2018 Side & front intrusion panels
  • 6kl wheel tethers, two per corner
  • 2018 Cockpit halo bar

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With the F4 U.S. Championship exceeding the expectations of its partners and participants, its drivers and teams are seeking a next step in their championship development. After years of discussion, development, testing and manufacturing, the F3 Americas Championship is ready for launch. The regional FIA series is the fastest way for an aspiring driver to gain experience to an international racing platform at an affordable price.


The F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda offers young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements of the program. Having the F3 Americas chassis manufactured in the United States by Onroak Automotive, the Honda Civic Type R motor built in Anna, Ohio, and the Hankook tires marketed and distributed out of Nashville, Tennessee, aids in affordability and availability.

Stepping into the F3 Americas series builds upon the progression offered from the F4 U.S. Championship both on and off the track. With driver training, unmatched affordability and strong manufacturer support, competitors can grow and succeed into the higher levels of motorsports.

F3 Americas offers plenty of track time for drivers. Race meetings will offer three 35-minute races with qualifying and two 35-minute practices built into the race weekend. Altogether, the drivers have around three hours of track time available per race meeting, allowing them to increase their experience in open-wheel racing.

One of F3 America’s greatest strengths, compared to other young driver categories, is the analytical work that must be carried out by the drivers in cooperation with their engineers. The series is a spec series, allowing multicar or single car teams the same opportunity of success with capped costs; however, the cars allow for significant setup adjustments, which increases the drivers’ technical knowledge and gains experience required for moving up the open wheel ladder, whether with a large or small team.

The top-eight drivers will be presented FIA Super License points to aid in their racing career advancement to Formula 1. 

Masters Cup Contingency

The debut of the F3 Americas Championship introduced the next generation chassis for the Formula Atlantic class in SCCA Road Racing competition. In an effort to attract drivers who are looking to maximize their racing opportunities with a cost-effective competition package that doesn’t sacrifice safety, speed or style, the F3 Americas program developed a new contingency program targeted to drivers age 35 and over. With more than $15,000 in cash and prizes available, the Masters Cup contingency package will award top drivers who are at least 35 years old with cash prizes at each event. The Masters Cup points-leading driver at the end of the season will receive the Masters Cup Champion contingency prize package. 

Eligible F3 Americas Masters Cup drivers will automatically be entered in to the program when applying for an F3 Americas license. Being a Masters Cup driver does not exclude competitors from F3 Americas Championship event podiums and payouts as long as they comply with all the 2019 F3 Americas Sporting Regulations.  

The top-five finishing Masters of each race will be awarded contingency points. After the final race of the weekend, the top driver will be awarded Masters Cup contingency award during the final victory podium celebration, receiving a $500 cash prize.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will offer Masters Cup drivers another opportunity to compete in their Ligier JS F3 race cars. Drivers can use two of their F3 Americas starts to count toward qualification for the National Championship event at VIRginia International Raceway. A top three finish at the Runoffs qualifies drivers for additional contingency awards from SCCA Pro Racing and its F3 Americas partners.

 

SCCA National Competition Runoffs Prizes:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

SCCA Pro Racing- $700

HPD- $1,500

Hankook- TBA

SCCA Pro Racing- $500

HPD- $1,000

Hankook- TBA

SCCA Pro Racing- $300

HPD- $500

Hankook- TBA

 

At the conclusion of the season, the top-three F3 Americas Masters Cup drivers who have accumulated the most points will be awarded trophies and a contingency package at the Champions Banquet in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 3. While the full end-of-season prize packages are still being developed, the SCCA Pro Racing has determined the following cash contingency amounts.

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

$3000

$2000

$1000