The GP2 Asia Series
is a form of open wheel motor racing
based on the GP2 series
The series was officially announced during the weekend of the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix
. GP2 series organiser Bruno Michel commented that "It is of great importance that the GP2 Asia Series maintains a strong and viable link to Formula One
. Our inclusion as the support races on the programme of Asian Grands Prix in 2008 is an essential key in this new venture".The first season
ran during the main GP2 series off season, January–April, with five two-race meetings. It ran alongside the new Speedcar Series
, and the events in Malaysia
acted as support races for the Formula One championship.
In effort to promote motor racing in Asia, each team is encouraged to have at least one driver whose passport does not come from Western Europe or the Americas (North and South). For the avoidance of doubt, Turkey and Russia are not included in the list of "European" countries.
However, in the 2008 season
, four of the thirteen teams opted to field two non-Asian drivers with the agreement that one of their two drivers would be a "ghost driver" and receive no prize money for competing in the series.
In 2011, it was announced that the GP2 Asia Series would be discontinued after the 2011 season.