October 25, 2021 - A press conference announcing the launch of the SUPER FORMULA NEXT 50 Project was held at the Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
The project launch next year will mark the 50th anniversary of SUPER FORMULA racing, begun as the All Japan F2000 Championship in 1973, and looks ahead to the next 50 years of the championship series.
Japan Race Promotion, Toyota and Honda officials attended the meeting along with guest SUPER FORMULA drivers such as Kamui Kobayashi [KCMG] and Naoki Yamamoto [TCS NAKAJIMA RACING] also on stage.
The SUPER FORMULA NEXT 50 project, placing emphasis on “drivers first,” aims to enhance the value of SUPER FORMULA, elevating it to a championship series that can be presented to the world with pride, become an aspiration to children, and is loved by fans all over the world.
The project along with Toyota, Honda and others, will tackle the challenges of carbon-neutral automobile production in stages, and enhance activities aimed at promoting the entertainment aspects of SUPER FORMULA racing.
Koji Watanabe, Chief Officer for Brand and Communication Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
“Many racing car drivers, such as Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly, this year’s IndyCar Series champion Álex Palou, and Le Mans 24 hours drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima, have all performed outstandingly in the SUPER FORMULA series before furthering their careers on the global stage.
Honda is excited to be a part of the SUPER FORMULA NEXT 50 project, which with the help of even more participants, will support drivers in the top Japanese formula racing series to challenge the world’s premier racing classes.
Honda will continue to nurture racing car drivers to challenge the top categories in the world, develop through its racing activities talented motorsports staff such as engineers and mechanics, and strive to take Japanese motorsports to the next level. We hope everyone will support us in our efforts.”