As it was revealed a few months ago that the series will take on 13 teams and 26 cars for 2016 many teams had applied for the sought after spot. However it was American Adam Blocker's application for his team FIRST Motorsport that was accepted. The team will run Ford engines making it the first time the engine manufacturer will participate in Formula Virtual. The team will run with the numbers 73 and 74; although no drivers have yet been confirmed to take on the numbers.
”I would like to thank Formula Virtual CEO Nic Morley for accepting the application of FIRST Motorsport to enter into the 2016 Formula Virtual season. FIRST and I are honored to enter the first American team in the championship’s history and we are looking forward to having our cars on track. In terms of drivers, they will be announced over the coming months as we assess our options for the upcoming season and 2017. It is well known that FIRST have an ongoing relationship with Ford, and this relationship will continue in Formula Virtual as Ford will be supplying the engines for FIRST for the foreseeable future", said Adam Blocker right after the announcement.
With FIRST assessing drivers for their future, is their potential of an all American lineup with perhaps a racing return of Douglas Bacon or Kieth Boston? - who were teammates in 2013 at Westwood. The team are also yet to confirm the name of their chassis however that is expected in the coming weeks, while rumors are circulating FIRST may announce their drivers and chassis name at this years United States Grand Prix.
"I am thrilled to announce FIRST Motorsport will be joining the Formula Virtual family next season and thus competing in the 2016 championship. Adam Blocker has been an avid supported of the series for a while now with many contributions to his name who also seems to hold a clear idea of success. It's an added bonus that his presence will benefit the series with the first North American team in the series - which means we now have a team from every continent apart from South America, Africa, and Antarctica! I only wish Mr Blocker and his team FIRST Motorsport the very best future success in Formula Virtual", said Nic Morley.
"I also need to thank all the other teams who applied for the the thirteenths grid slot. Admittedly it was a tough decision with so much potential which ultimately was the reason the decision took over a month. My advice to the other teams who applied is to not give up and continue with your presence around the paddock - I wish them all future success", finished Nic Morley.
While the thirteenth grid slot has now been filled, the 2016 team silly season does not stop there. Lucas Grand Prix have been inactive since Malaysia and has thus missed the past two rounds. It is highly expected the generously purple team will not compete in 2016 therefor opening another potential grid position to another team. This is yet to be confirmed however even though Lucas Wilson missed the deadline of participation for the 2016 Formula Virtual season.