Alexander Rossi became the second IndyCar driver to sample the new F3 Americas car when he participated in a shakedown at Pittsburgh International Race Complex this week.
Rossi, coming fresh off his win at Mid-Ohio, put the JS F3 car through its paces for 30 minutes ahead of the championship’s debut this weekend. Andretti Autosport teammate Zach Veach tested the car last month.
“This car is a true slicks and wings race car,” Rossi said. “It’s a very stiff car. It’s a car that rewards commitment, and all of those things apply to the upper echelons of racing. It’s a great race car for any driver wanting to end up anywhere in racing.
“Right away I was very impressed. The sound of the Honda Type R was amazing. What surprised me was you’re hearing the wastegate all the time open and close, but there wasn’t a lot of turbo lag, so they’ve done a great job on the implementations of the race car, and fundamentally, it’s a very strong start.”
Intended to serve as a next domestic step up the ladder from Formula 4 U.S., the F3 Americas series aims to provide a cost-effective route for junior drivers hoping to make it to the top level of open-wheel racing either in the United States or globally.
“There’s not one clear path in racing like there is in ball sports,” said Rossi. “There’s so many different avenues and ways to get to the highest level in racing, and there is no one right way. There is definitely a structure that is needed. Honda has that vision and its very encouraging, not only for them as a company, but for motor racing in general.”