F3 is a race category that allows junior drivers, who have already tested their skills with mid-level formula cars (designed to improve junior drivers' skill levels) in events including entry-level formula races and Formula Challenge Japan, to earn a chance to progress to the uppermost categories such as F1, GP2, and SUPER FORMULA. F3 races are set to regulations recognized globally.
The All-Japan F3 Championship is a race for the All-Japan title, but it also recognizes the achievement of N Class vehicles using old-style chassis with Toyota 3S-GE engines, contesting the All-Japan Formula 3 N Class title. Nissan promotes drivers who have graduated from FCJ to the F3 class and trains them in its NISSAN DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (NDDP).
The series was started in 2006 through the support and cooperation of Nissan, Toyota, and Honda and with the aim of “discovering and training promising young drivers who have the potential to shine on the world stage.” Competing drivers in the last six seasons of the series have progressed through the formula car racing ranks to SUPER FORMULA and F3, and also vie for championship glory in the top domestic touring car category, SUPER GT.
This season is comprised of five rounds with a total of 12 races. Before the start of the season, a joint test session is held. In addition, programming related to supporting the drivers' development into top competitors from a variety of perspectives is held, including explanatory lectures on the FCJ vehicles they will be operating and training sessions on circuit-racing safety. All machines are maintained at an absolutely equal state - changes in wing angle, car height, etc. cannot be made on an individual basis. Mid-season shuffles of drivers and vehicles also take place.