Canadian teenager Antonio Serravalle is set to appear in Formula Regional Americas this year with Jay Howard Driver Development.
The 17-year-old was a national karting champion at a junior level before joining the debuting Exclusive Autosport in Indy Pro 2000 two years ago, and took a best finish of eighth from his 10 starts.
He returned to the series in 2019 with improved results in his family-run Pserra Racing car that was supported by JHDD and then RP Motorsport, and also made a FRegional Americas cameo at Road America.
Serravalle planned to step up to Indy Lights this year in a part-time capacity with HMD Motorsports, but the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic has prevented his series debut.
HMD then did not name him as part of its replacements plans to race in FRegional Americas, although the Honda-associated driver indicated he already has a new race programme lined up.
JHDD announced its own FRegional Americas entry for 2020 last week, initially as a single car operation before expanding to running two drivers in the regional Formula 3 series.
Serravalle’s name was listed on the FRegional Americas website as driving for the team in this weekend’s Mid-Ohio season opener.
Grid sizes this year could surpass 20 cars, which is a substantial increase on the championship’s previous seasons.
In 2018 only seven drivers in total contested the series, and only three as full-time entrants. That improved to seven season-long entries last year, and 19 participating drivers in total.
This year’s champion will earn a Honda-backed scholarship to race in Indy Lights for 2021.