Noah Ping has signed with Arden to race in GB3 this year, having originally been set for a campaign in USF2000.
The 20-year-old competed in three different Formula 4 series with Velocity Racing Development last year, starting with the six-race YACademy Winter Series in which he was runner-up with two race wins to his name.
He then moved into the United States F4 championship with the team, and came third in the standings with four wins. Alongside that he also contested USF Juniors’ first two rounds, and had a best finish of seventh.
Last October he was announced as stepping up to USF2000 with Velocity, but now he has dropped that programme and instead joins its partner team Arden in GB3.
“I’m extremely excited and grateful for this upcoming season with VRD and Arden Motorsport,” said Ping.
“I can’t thank [Velocity boss] Dan Mitchell, VRD and the Arden team enough for putting their trust in me to race in the GB3 championship. The GB3 field is going to be highly competitive and every race is going to come down to the last lap.
“That being said, I have a lot to learn, but am fully confident that VRD and Arden Motorsport can provide me with a race winning car. This 2023 season is going to be something extremely special.”
Last December he joined Arden for tests in a GB3 car at Barcelona and Jerez, and confirmed to Formula Scout he has now dropped his USF2000 programme to instead race in the British series. His brother Zack took his place in the recent pre-season USF2000 test at Sebring.
“We’ve already completed a good amount of testing with Noah at Jerez and Barcelona, and the speed and talent he’d demonstrated in the USA was on show as he moved up to GB3 machinery,” said Arden’s GB3 team manager Jack Woodhouse.
“It was a no-brainer for all of us to put the deal together and we’re looking forward to working with him across a busy pre-season testing campaign to get him up to speed with the British circuits. The agreement with Noah is another demonstration of the benefits of our collaboration with VRD, as we help some of America’s most talented drivers further their careers in Europe.”
Ping follows Nico Christodoulou in graduating from Velocity’s F4 line-up into GB3 with Arden.