LAS VEGAS — The Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing has designated Hankook Tire Americas as the exclusive race tire supplier for the Formula 3 Americas and Formula 4 United States Championships Powered by Honda, starting in 2019.
SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth welcomed Hankook Tire as the series' supplier, saying, "Their experience in other F4 championships and the F3 European Championship around the world means their products exhibit the durability and performance demanded of a highly competitive series."
They will mesh well with the series' other technical partners, Honda, HPD and Onroak and Liger, he added.
F3 and F4 cars are single-seat, open-wheel racers. The U.S. F4 series specs a Crawford F4-16 chassis and four-cylinder Honda Civic R engine. F4 racing debuted in North America in 2014; SCCA Pro Racing assumed sanctioning in 2015.
Hankook is replacing Pirelli Tire North America as the F3 and F4 series' tire supplier.
F3 is a new class that debuted in 2018 using a Ligier Crawford JS F3 race car chassis powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder Honda Civic Type-R engine generating 240 to 270 horsepower. The F3 chassis also features more configurable aero components, increased impact safety structures and more sophisticated data acquisition.
"Hankook is thrilled to support F3 and F4 as the primary tire supplier," said Hankook Tire's Sooman Choi, vice president of marketing. "We are excited and eager to provide our state-of-the-art racing tires to a series that is designed to develop young American racing talent."
As part of the F4 U.S. Championship scholarship, Hankook also will present the F4 title winner with two full sets of tires per event for the season to progress into the F3 Americas Championship, starting with the 2018 F4 U.S. champion Dakota Dickerson.
"We put extra effort into securing this sponsorship because we believe in the future of formula racing in the United States," Danny van Dongen, the founder of the motorsports division said.
"We have a full range of competition sizes from 13 to 19 inches, but we have previously only sponsored GT and prototype cars. Formula 3 and 4 really help us showcase everything our brand can do."
Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is bidding to become the spec tire supplier to Formula 1, the FIA's top international formula racing series.