- Formula Regional Americas outlines revised schedule
- Season to begin at Mid-Ohio this month
- Lundqvist travels to Mexico to enable championship participation
Linus Lundqvist has put himself in quarantine in Mexico City in a bid to ready himself for the start of the delayed 2020 motor racing season, with a new calendar recently laid out by the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda.
21-year-old Swede Lundqvist is moving across the Atlantic this season to race in the USA, having agreed a deal to join the successful Global Racing Group operation in Formula Regional Americas.
Like all of his peers, however, the 2018 British F3 champion is yet to compete in 2020, with the world largely put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic – although that is slowly about to change.
A revised calendar has now been announced by Formula Regional Americas organisers, featuring a spectator-free June 26-28 start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The schedule then takes in another five weekends of racing between July and October, with a mix of double- and triple-header meetings giving an aggregate 16 races in total.
“I’m really, really excited that the season is finally about to get underway,” says Linus Lundqvist. “This has been the craziest year of my life, and I think that goes for a lot of people. I appreciate the job done by the championship to ensure we can press on with the campaign while maintaining the safety of everyone involved. That’s obviously the top priority.”
Quarantine in Mexico
The vast challenges thrown up by COVID-19 are wide-ranging, not least for an international driver bound by global travel restrictions and governmental guidelines. For Lundqvist, that has led to drastic measures being taken in order to try and safeguard his participation in the 2020 championship.
The Swede left Europe last weekend to fly out to Mexico City, where he is now about to spend two weeks in quarantine to adhere to U.S. entry guidelines.
“Basically, you need to have spent at least two weeks outside Europe before being allowed to enter the U.S.,” Lundqvist explains. “So for me, that meant I simply had to go abroad in order to make the first race of the season. We found a safe and secluded spot for me here in Mexico, where I will now spend my days training and preparing as best I can for the start of the season.”
Lundqvist, who is perfectly healthy and has undergone a series of tests prior to flying out to Mexico, is then supposed to join his team on American soil roughly one week before the opening FR Americas round.
Global Racing Group finished first and second in the championship last year with Dakota Dickerson and Benjamin Pedersen, and are set to field four cars in 2020. Alongside Lundqvist, reigning Formula Atlantic champion Dario Cangialosi (USA), F4 graduate Nicky Hays (USA) and series returnee James Roe (IRE) will form part of the team’s line up this season.
Revised Formula Regional Americas calendar:
June 26-28: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (OH, USA)
July 17-19: Virginia Intl. Raceway (VA, USA)
August 1-2: Barber Motorsports Park (AL, USA)
September 25-27: Sebring (FL, USA)
October 2-4: Homestead-Miami (FL, USA)
October 23-25: TBA
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