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    The road to the Indianapolis 500 could be just a little easier for up and coming racing drivers from both sides of the Pacific thanks to a new partnership between TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand and the Road to Indy programme.

    In a partnership agreement between the two organisations confirmed today, drivers who have competed in all five rounds of the 2019 and 2020 Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) will automatically qualify for a package that could help them get established in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires programme. This will include free entry for either the annual two day spring training test or the two day Chris Griffis Memorial test along with a free set of tyres for a test in either USF2000, Indy Pro 2000 or Indy Lights. Similarly, the top three finishers in those three Road to Indy series will receive a waived $5000 NZD entry fee for the full TRS championship.
    toyota-racing-series-partners-with-indycar-road-to-indy-program

    They have also uprated the car so now it seems closer to Indy Pro 2000 spec.

    https://www.autosport.com/other/news...s-car-revealed

  • #2
    This is a good deal.

    Good potential synergies between the two series and strengthens the global Non-FIA Formula Car ecosystem.

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    • #3
      https://www.velocitynews.co.nz/news/toyota-racing-series-gets-big-fia-super-licence-boost

      TOYOTA RACING SERIES GETS BIG FIA SUPER LICENCE BOOST

      The winner of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series will now receive 10 points towards their FIA Super Licence courtesy of a change in the points allocation structure.



      Drivers from first through to fifth will earn points. Second place will receive seven points, third earns five points while fourth and fifth place gets three points and one point respectively.



      This week the FIA announced a raft of changes to the Super Licence points structure, which affects not only the New Zealand single-seater series but several championships in Europe.



      Formula Renault Eurocup has had its points deducted, putting it level with the all-female W Series, Euroformula Open and Super Formula Lights (formerly known as All-Japan Formula 3). The Eurocup champion this year receives 18 points, but next year they will only get 15 points.



      The regional Formula 3 championships in Europe, North America and Asia will still receive 18 points. The new Formula Regional Japan Championship will also receive 18 points.



      The Castrol Toyota Racing Series also gives up and coming drivers two chances to secure Super Licence points.



      That’s because the FIA now allows points from a maximum of two championships to be accumulated from a single calendar year, provided that the start date of the second championship falls after the end date of the first championship during the year in question.



      Toyota Racing Series Category Manager Nicolas Caillol said the increase in Super Licence points is recognition of the championship’s pedigree.



      “We have been on the radar for young drivers particularly this year with the announcement of the new car and engine package for the championship,” he said.



      "We will have a full grid of 20 cars for this season’s competition and having more Super Licence points will only help put us further up in the global pecking order and attract even more drivers in the future.”



      To be eligible to apply for an FIA Super Licence, drivers must accumulate 40 points over a three-year period from applicable championships.



      Each championship receives a different amount of points based on the level of competition. Winning the FIA Formula 2 Championship, for example, automatically earns a driver 40 points. Meanwhile, the winner of the FIA Formula 3 Championship earns 30 points. FIA Super Licence points (single-seaters only)

      P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8 P9 P10
      Formula 2 40 40 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3
      IndyCar 40 30 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
      FIA F3 30 25 20 15 12 9 7 5 3 2
      European F3 30 25 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
      Formula E 30 25 20 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
      GP3 (2018) 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
      Formula Regional EU 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
      Super Formula 25 20 15 10 7 5 3 2 1 0
      Regional F3 America, Asia, Japan 18 14 12 10 6 4 3 2 1 0
      Indy Lights 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
      Regional F3 W, Eurocup 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
      EF Open, SF Lights 15 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0
      FIA National F4 12 10 7 5 3 2 1 0 0 0
      Asian F3 Winter Series 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
      F3 Australia, Britain, CEZ 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
      Indy Pro 2000 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
      Toyota Racing Series 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
      FIA F3 World Cup 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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      • #4
        Without bothering to Google it, how many points does it require to receive a FIA super license?

        Scratch that.... It appears to be 40 points.

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        • #5
          Young American driver Spike Kohlbecker has been added to the line-up. Looks like a good prospect with some good results behind him - and he has the added advantage of having had experience on the New Zealand tracks in Formula Ford.

          https://www.velocitynews.co.nz/news/...ng-series-seat

          It looks like 19 of the 21 seats have been filled now with 17 of those taken by international drivers. The new faster, higher spec car and more FIA super licence points seems to be adding to the attraction.

          https://www.toyota.co.nz/toyota-raci.../drivers/2020/


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