Formula Regional Americas and United States Formula 4 have announced revisions to their calendars which replaces the two rounds that were set to take place in California.
Expanding onto the US’s western coat was a plan for both series this year, but an increase in COVID-19 cases in Caifornia has resulted in the state’s two circuits – Sonoma and Laguna Seca – being dropped from the schedule.
Sonoma was set to make its first FRegional Americas appearance on April 23-25, while Laguna Seca was set to hold Formula 3 and F4 on April 29 – May 1. Road America has been added as a replacement round on May 14-16.
To bring each series’ calendars back up to six rounds, US F4 will join FRegional Americas’ season opener at Road Atlanta on March 26-28, while the latter series will now join the F4 paddock at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota on July 16-18.
“The decision to realign the 2021 race schedule for US F4 and FRegional Americas was an extremely difficult one,” said Tony Parella, president of the Parella Motorsports Holdings group that owns both series.
“We were really excited to take both championships out west for the first time this season to create a true national championship, but with the increased number of COVID-19 cases, California has implemented gathering restrictions for events which will close the gates to fans and limit the number of event entries.
“Sonoma and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca have some of the best fans in the world and PMH is excited to introduce its newest junior open wheel championships to them.
“Our goal is to add a west coast visit back to the championships’ schedules in 2022.”
FRegional Americas will still be living up to its continental name somewhat, as it race on Canada’s Trois-Rivières street circuit in August.