The Ligier JS F4 Series, new sister series of FR Americas and F4 U.S. Championship
On October 3, the FR Americas and the F4 U.S. Championship unveiled their 2024 calendar. Among the new additions to the sporting season is the introduction of the Ligier JS F422 to the F4 U.S. Championship, as well as the creation of a series dedicated to the first generation of Ligier JS F4 chassis. Like the Ligier Junior Programme in Europe, the winners of the three American championships will be supported in their careers by an prize money system.
The 2024 calendar will feature eight different circuits for the three series: seven for the FR Americas, six for the F4 U.S. Championship and five for the Ligier JS F4 Series (previously known as "SpeedTour Formula Development").
The 2024 F4 U.S. Championship season will be marked by a chassis change. Drivers will switch from the Ligier JS F4 to the Ligier JS F422, powered by a Ligier Storm engine. However, the first-generation chassis will still be present on the track in a championship that will be entirely dedicated to it: the Ligier JS F4 Series.
“2024 is going to be another year of growth for FR Americas, F4 U.S. and the Ligier JS F4 Series,” said Race Director Scott Goodyear. “FR Americas drivers will have the opportunity to race at some of the same venues as their F1 racing heroes with the addition of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the 2024 schedule. On the F4 U.S. side, we'll be debuting the second-generation Ligier F4 car with Ligier Storm power. With the debut of that car, the Ligier JS F4 Series will become more than just a developmental series; utilizing the first generation F4 car, it will offer an alternative series with a lower price point. Each series delivers great value compared to other series in North America, offering impressive wheel-to-wheel competition and a superb training ground for young drivers.”
The 2024 Ligier JS F4 Series Driver Champion will win a scholarship to compete in F4 U.S. the following season with the use of a JS F422 chassis and engine from Ligier, two sets of tires per event from Hankook and race entry fees from Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH); the prize is valued at $133,600.
Meanwhile, the 2024 F4 U.S. Driver Champion will be provided with a scholarship to compete in the 2025 season of FR Americas competition, including the use of a JS F3 chassis and engine from Ligier, two sets of tires per event from Hankook, and race entry fees from PMH for a total value of $212,000.
The FR Americas Driver Champion will also be awarded a scholarship to assist in the next step of their career; details on that program are forthcoming.
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