Elite Racing League
The Elite Racing League is a racing series made by ShaneEyoho, it is a single seater series and is not canon in the Formula rejects universe although it could be in the future should interest grow in the series.
The Elite Racing League (commonly abbreviated to ERL and often written as 'Elite Racing League') is a FICTIONAL open-wheel single-seater racing competition, the competition itself made its debut to the racing world in 1960 as a Formula 1 support series, the formula is governed by the FIA. What makes this season unique compared to the likes of F1, most of the races take place during the off season alongside various winter series meaning the roster of drivers and constructors can vary from season to season.
The Series started out, as mentioned, in 1960 and has seen many good races between now and then, the seasons can be seen below, as the ERL has a long and somewhat complicated history, each season page will run through the basics of what happened during those seasons.
The series stayed as a support series for the “main” racing series until 1983 when it broke away from the FIA and went independent following backing from title sponsor FedEx.
Due to the series (between 1960 and 1982) being an Formula 1 support series, several Formula 1 World Champions participated in this series due to some of the Formula 1 teams at the time also having teams in the ERL (eg: Ferrari.)
The Elite Racing League made its debut on TV at the start of its 1978 season (18 months after Formula 1 debuted at their Japanese Grand Prix in 1976.)
1980 Formula One merge and split
In 1980 (due to lack of driver interest) a merge between F1 and its ERL support series was made due to their not being enough drivers on the market for the two series to have different grids so the FIA decided to merge the two championships, the ERL would still get its own championship/race slots it would just race the F1 calendar instead of its own, it also meant that future legends of the time could participate in the series more often this actually increased TV ratings as the ERL races usually took place on a Saturday before an F1 Grand Prix on the Sunday.
However following several fatal accidents in the 1980s in the Formula 1 World Championship, the Elite Racing League was pulled by the FIA from F1 weekends out of safety pre-cautions, this bought the end of the “GP Era” and also Langley’s time as series runner who quit in a fit of rage.
Despite all this, the Elite Racing League had gained a cult following in Australia, Canada, the UK and the United States and these markets were desperate to get the highly competitive series back to people this time with USAC in the United States leading the charge however the FIA refused calling it an “outdated mess” prompting USAC to create the Elite Racing League association with businessman and campaign spokes person Seth Land at the helm.
Land claimed that the ERL was becoming too much like F1 and needed its own identity so he announced a partnership with Dallara to build a spec chassis for the cars, he also said that this new ERL would see brand new teams and manufacturers compete for supremacy through many disciplines of racing with races happening on ovals, road courses and street tracks (the latter two producing the ERL’s best racing) this was met with criticism saying that it was now just copying CART.
Land retaliated saying that races in the UK, Canada and Australia are also expected on the calendar for the first rebooted season in 1984.
Land then proceeded to look for title sponsors, he struck a deal with FedEx to become the title sponsor for the series.
Seasons (The GP Era)
|Year||Grands Prix||Drivers Champion||Manufacturers Champion|
|1960||7||Jack Brabham (Cooper)||Cooper-Climax|
|1961||8||Jack Brabham (Cooper)||Cooper-Climax|
|1962||8||Jim Clark (Lotus)||Ferrari|
|1963||8||Bruce McLaren (Cooper)||Lotus-Climax|
|1964||9||Jo Bonnier (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1965||8||Jo Bonnier (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1966||8||Lorenzo Bandini (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1967||8||Jim Clark (Lotus)||Lotus-Climax|
|1968||8||Denny Hulme (McLaren)||Honda|
|1969||9||Jack Brabham (Brabham)||Brabham-Ford|
|1970||10||Denny Hulme (McLaren)||McLaren-Ford|
|1971||10||Niki Lauda (BRM)||Lotus-Ford|
|1972||12||Niki Lauda (Ferrari)||Honda|
|1973||12||Niki Lauda (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1974||12||Denny Hulme (McLaren)||McLaren-Ford|
|1975||14||Ronnie Peterson (Lotus)||Honda|
|1976||14||Chris Amon (Honda)||Honda|
|1977||14||Emerson Fittipaldi (McLaren)||McLaren-Ford|
|1978||15||Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1979||15||Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari)||Ferrari|
|1980||13||Alan Jones (Williams)||Fittipaldi-Ford|
|1981||16||Alain Prost (Renault)||Ferrari|
|1982||16||Nigel Mansell (McLaren)||McLaren-Ford|
Seasons (The New Era)
Race Count: 254 (as of the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix)
List of Races and Locations
As of the 1982 season.