Ashdown offers Champ Car prize

US Formula 3 team boss Ian Ashdown has promised his highest placed driver a full-day Champ Car test

Ashdown offers Champ Car prize

The ambitious plan was announced by the team owner/engineer in a press conference held at Hawthorn Motorsports base of operations.

The test will be held after both the F3 and CART seasons have concluded, at a road course to be decided.

"The purpose of the USF3 is to graduate talented drivers to the higher formulas, we think this will give our best driver the chance to accelerate his career towards Champ Cars or Formula One," said Ashdown.

"Almost every driver in CART and Formula 1 has driven in Formula 3 earlier in their career, we just want to help that process along."

The team will field a pair of 2000 Dallara chassis, powered by series-spec Volkswagen engines.

Tyres will be supplied by Avon, and racing fuel by Elf.

One driver with a primary sponsor has already signed to run with Hawthorn Motorsports, and will be announced in the near future.

"We're trying to organize TV coverage of the test and hope this announcement today will create some excitement in the series. We have yet to fill our second seat, maybe this will help," said Ashdown.

The inaugural United States Formula 3 Championship Powered by Volkswagen kicks-off at Homestead-Miami Speedway on May 6th.

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