HPD extends Super Formula scholarship until 2023

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HDP first created the $600,000 program last year after Alex Palou moved from Super Formula to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020, with the aim of creating a Honda-powered alternative to the system. traditional “Road to Indy” ladder.

However, due to travel uncertainties amid the ongoing global pandemic, last year’s FR Americas champion Kyffin Simpson turned down the chance to race in Japan in favor of a campaign at Indy Lights, in addition of a Michelin Endurance Cup program supported by HPD in the IMSA. WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the Acura Gradient Racing team.

Despite this setback, HPD has now confirmed that the next two FR Americas champions will be offered the same $600,000 prize money to race for one of the Honda-powered teams in Super Formula.

Basically, the award now involves Honda’s Japanese branch “identifying a suitable Super Formula team for the FRA champion to compete for the following Super Formula season,” according to the HPD statement. Additionally, the recipient will serve as an “official Honda and HPD brand ambassador throughout the Super Formula season” and be included in “Honda Driver Activities”.

HPD also announced that the winner of the US Formula 4 series, the top rung of the ladder in its IndyCar alternative ladder system, will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and an engine lease to use during the FR Americas season the following year.

“This scholarship program is truly a global driver development opportunity and a Honda-powered pathway to the highest levels of racing, said HPD Commercial Director John Whiteman.

“The Formula Regional Americas champion earns 18 FIA Super License points and the Super Formula champion earns 25. As well as preparing a driver to compete at the highest levels of motorsport, winning both titles will pay off to a driver enough Super License points to exceed the 40 required for Formula 1.

For the 2022 Super Formula season, Honda has extended the supply of 10 cars out of a planned 21-car field (with Toyota supplying the rest) and added new independent team Goh to its list of supported teams.

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