Honda Performance Development is pleased that it has been selected to supply Honda’s production 4-cylinder 2.4 liter Honda K24 engine to power the new Formula Lites chassis being produced by Crawford Composites for a new racing series promoted by High Performance Group. Formula Lites is a new professional racing series, headed by Dennis McCormack and Ryan Arciero, motorsports veteran and HPG principals and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Scheduled to launch at select events this year, with a complete schedule of events planned for 2015, the series is aimed at developing young, professional drivers.
Jeff Barrow, HPD Manager, commercial motorsports said: “We couldn’t be more impressed with this Formula Lites car and their plans for the series.” “In working with HPG and Crawford Composites, it was their goal to keep reliability up and costs down. I’m happy to say that our production Honda K24 engine will meet their requirements for reliability and cost, and simultaneously offer great power to this fantastic looking car. I would expect that many of our current Honda Racing Line participants would love to get behind the wheel of one!”
Created by a design team led by Crawford Composite’s Andy Scriven at the company’s Denver, N.C. headquarters, the Formula Lites carbon composite chassis is built to current FIA Formula 3 technical regulations, including an in-house designed paddleshift transmission system and state-of-the-art electronics.
Max Crawford, President at Crawford Composites said: “Crawford Composites is absolutely delighted to have one of our long-standing partners, HPD (Honda Performance Development), offering the engines for the new Crawford FL15.” “HPD produces some of the top engines in motorsports, and their long-standing commitment to auto racing has been tremendous. Together, the Crawford FL15 will be outstandingly affordable and, at the same time, a high tech vehicle allowing young drivers to continue to elevate their racing skills in the new Formula Lites series.”
Series organizer High Performance Group is headed by racing veteran Dennis McCormack, who started his motorsports career in the year 1968. Working his way up through the ranks as a mechanic, crew chief, team manager and eventually an Indy car team owner with the formation of McCormack Motorsports!
Dennis McCormack said: “We are pleased to announce HPD as the official engine supplier to the Formula Lites series.” “HPD is a leader in motorsports development and has a history of promoting grass roots racing. Their commitment to Formula Lites will give drivers a chance to take the next step in professional racing.”