Series Will Provide An Additional Opportunity to Develop Open Wheel Talent At A Younger Age
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (September 27, 2021) – Leading in to the 2022 race season, Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH) has announced the SpeedTour Formula Development Series, an additional opportunity for up-and-coming racing talent. Open to drivers ages 14 and up, SpeedTour Formula Development will provide young racers with an additional step in expanding their education and experience before making the jump from karting to open wheel.
“After getting involved in the Road to F1 ladder with Formula 4 U.S. and Formula Regional Americas, I realized that there was a need in the development system for young drivers that wasn’t being met by the industry,” said Tony Parella, CEO of PMH. “In today’s world, young drivers have had to go from karting right up to F4 U.S.; that’s a big jump. There was a niche that developed with the need to lay the proper foundation for wheel-to-wheel racing and allow drivers time to hone their race craft. SpeedTour Formula Development will help fill that gap. With Scott Goodyear at the helm, I’m confident this series will leave a positive, lasting impact.”
Keeping budget in mind, the series will utilize the existing F4 U.S. chassis. With low entry fees, the series will be sanctioned by PMH and will participate in SpeedTour event weekends hosted by the organization. The official schedule for the inaugural season is composed of four weekends. In addition, drivers will also have the opportunity to participate in three optional test events to introduce them to circuits where F4 U.S. will also compete in 2022.
“Making the move from karting to open wheel competition can be daunting,” said Scott Goodyear, Race Director for F4 U.S. and FR Americas. “We’re looking to change that with SpeedTour Formula Development. The series will focus on education and driving skill as much as competition. I learned a lot during my 14+ years at the top levels of CART and IndyCar, and I’m excited to share that with this group of kids as they start on their own racing career paths. I want them to leave the SpeedTour Formula Development Series knowing how to race safely, but also how to race smart.”
In addition to providing the extra step for development and challenge, the SpeedTour Formula Development Series will also present unique scholarship opportunities to help talented karters reach the next level in their career, despite economic circumstances. In partnership with Radford Racing School and Kaizen Autosport, major karting organizations will identify and recommend talented drivers to earn one of nine scholarships for the racing schools. The drivers will then be eligible for a SpeedTour Formula Development competition license upon the successful completion of their course.
Points will be awarded in the series, allowing a champion to be crowned at the end of the season. The winner of the 2022 SpeedTour Formula Development Championship will earn an entry fee scholarship for the 2023 F4 U.S Championship.
2022 SpeedTour Formula Development Series Schedule:
March 24-27 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
April 8-10 NOLA Motorsports Park
May 27-30 Lime Rock Park
October 14-16 Utah Motorsports Campus
Optional Test Events:
May 19-22 Road America
June 23-26 Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course
October 6-9 VIRginia International Raceway
About SpeedTour Formula Development Series:
Sanctioned by Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), the SpeedTour Formula Development Series looks to provide an entry point to the ladder system that leads to the top levels of open wheel competition. A step between karting and the wheel-to-wheel racing of Formula 4 U.S. Championship (F4 U.S.), SpeedTour Formula Development Series focuses on laying a proper foundation for race craft and education, as much as it does on-track competition. The series is open to drivers as young as 14 years old, and utilizes a cost-efficient model to further develop drivers’ skills with lower cost to entry. In 2022, the series will run four official race events, as well as three optional test events.