Formula Regional Americas’ leading team TJ Speed will expand into Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 next year.
Established by Australian single-seater racing engineer Tim Neff last year, the team won both FRegional Americas titles at its first attempt and then expanded into Indy Lights for 2022.
However its season only got as far as round seven of 11 after both of its drivers left for rival team HMD Motorsports. Although TJ Speed dropped off the grid, Neff continued to provide engineering support for Abel Motorsports and told Formula Scout he may do so next season too.
TJ Speed was already in talks to enter IP2000 by purchasing two cars from the soon-to-exit Juncos Hollinger Racing at the time its Lights programme came to an end, and the deal was now been done to race in the series using those cars and some of the existing equipment and infrastructure from Juncos.
Two USF2000 cars have also been bought from Cape Motorsports, and TJ Speed will make its first Road to Indy appearance with the fleet of vehicles in the official post-season test on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course on October 22/23.
TJ Speed’s participation in FRegional Americas is set to continue in 2023, with the team on course to do the title double again and with several drivers already in talks about joining its line-up for next year.
Neff also has in interest in expanding into USF Juniors, which is introducing a new chassis that will be built around the same monocoque as used in IP2000 and USF2000 and meaning the car can be upgraded to be utilised in any of the three series.