INDYCAR CONNECTION RUNS DEEP IN NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Abel Motorsports enters a two-car team for 2017 campaign
INDIANAPOLIS (March 23, 2017) –Abel Motorsports confirmed it will make a campaign for the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda with two F4 newcomers Jacob Abel of Louisville, Kentucky, and John Andrew Entwistle of Katonah, New York.
The newest F4 U.S. crew was built from a combination of a second-generation friendship and IndyCar Rookie of the Year Scott Harrington’s Indy Racing League team. Harrington is the childhood friend of Abel Motorsports’ team principal Bill Abel. The Big Three American Motorsport competitor will serve as the team’s driving coach. Parts of Harrington’s former IndyCar crew also made the jump to the formula franchise. Mark Gibbs functions as the team manager and Larry Nash serves as chief engineer. Continue reading INDYCAR CONNECTION RUNS DEEP IN NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
INDYCAR DRIVER JAY HOWARD ENTERS YOUNGEST TEAM IN F4 U.S PADDOCK
Howard to use 101st running of Indianapolis 500 as learning tool for F4 U.S. team
INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2017) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda is a youth-focused, cost-contained series serving as a building block to open-wheel racing for competitors transitioning from karts to cars. Veteran IndyCar driver and Motorsports Driver Development lead principal Jay Howard is encompassing the series mantra with full-force, entering the overall youngest team in F4 U.S.
Howard confirmed his three-car lineup with two of the three entered coming straight from his karting program. Sam Paley, 14, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Max Peichel, 15, of Edina, Minnesota, and Parker Locke, 15, of San Antonio, Texas, round out the grid for the Indianapolis-based team. Continue reading INDYCAR DRIVER JAY HOWARD ENTERS YOUNGEST TEAM IN F4 U.S PADDOCK
F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP RECIEVES ITS 20TH ENTRY FOR 2017
Global Racing Group signs Justin Sirgany as its second driver
INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2017) – The 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda line-up continues to flourish with its 20th entry coming from Justin Sirgany. The 14-year-old Jamaican filled the second seat for Global Racing Group. The team announced Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas, as its first confirmed driver in February.
The second season of the F4 U.S. Championship has seen significant growth over its inaugural year. Sirgany marks the 13th rookie entry as SCCA Pro Racing officials expect 30 or more cars for the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, April 8-9. Continue reading F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP RECIEVES ITS 20TH ENTRY FOR 2017
SEASON TWO OF “F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY” CONFIRMED FOR 2017
First footage captured during series test in NOLA
INDIANAPOLIS (March 7, 2017) – Just two months after the season one finale of “F4 U.S. Championship Today” premiered, several national and international networks have picked-up season two of the seven-episode show that follows the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda series.
“Carolina Production Group couldn’t be more pleased to get the second season of the F4 U.S. Championship underway. Filming has already started with the first official series test at NOLA Motorsports Park,” said Carolina Production Group’s award-winning motorsports broadcaster and host of “F4 U.S. Championship Today” Rick Benjamin “We’ll be covering all the action for the season two premiere of “F4 US Championship Today”. We know that with the quality of both returning and new race teams, along with a terrific group of young drivers and veterans, the racing will be even tougher! I’m looking forward to hosting the second season of our show and showcasing this important new racing series.”
The full second season will air on national cable and broadcast networks like MAV TV, Rev’N TV, The Action Channel, Tuff TV Network, Altitude Sports and Untamed Sports TV. It will air regionally in Los Angeles on FOTV USA and in Wisconsin on WIFS TV57.
“F4 U.S. Championship Today” will also makes its international television debut in 2017 airing in the Caribbean Islands and Canada on Caribvision.
The networks are available on DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse, making the program accessible to millions of households across the United States.
Additional networks, airdates and times for season two will be added at a later date.
The first season of “F4 U.S Championship” gained an estimated 1.7 million viewers per episode.
Season one reruns can be watched Thursdays at 1 p.m. ET on MAV TV or on F4USChampionship.com.
F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST TEST BRINGS NEW DRIVERS TO THE LINE-UP
Lucas Oil School of Racing Formula Race Series champion to compete in F4 U.S.
AVONDALE, Louisiana (Mar. 3, 2017) – The second season of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda kicked-off in The Big Easy during Mardi Gras weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, Feb. 25-26 for the first of two official series tests. Eighteen drivers on six teams, eleven of whom were series rookies, participated in the SCCA Pro Racing sanctioned event.
“It was really encouraging to see the turn-out for the NOLA test,” said SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth. “There were a lot of new drivers who got valuable seat-time before the season starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway April 8-9. With returning veterans and talented rookies, this season will be extremely competitive.” Continue reading F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST TEST BRINGS NEW DRIVERS TO THE LINE-UP
MOMENTUM MOTORSPORTS SIGNS SKYLAR ROBINSON
Top-five F4 U.S. Championship inaugural season driver returns for a title
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 23, 2017) – Full-season entries continue to roll-in for the 2017 season of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, confirmed that he will return to F4 U.S. for his chance to capture the championship title with Momentum Motorsports. Continue reading MOMENTUM MOTORSPORTS SIGNS SKYLAR ROBINSON
INDY MOTORSPORT GROUP CONFIRMS FOUR-CAR TEAM
Davis Durrett, Raphael Forcier, Chris Archinaco and Vincent Khristov to Expand F4 U.S. Grid
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda continues to attract new teams and drivers for its second season. Indy Motorsport Group (IMG), a new Indianapolis-based multi-car race team formed by Indianapolis 500 winning team-owner Steve Newey and Dean Durrett of Durrett Racing Group, confirmed its four-car line-up. Continue reading INDY MOTORSPORT GROUP CONFIRMS FOUR-CAR TEAM
SCCA CLUB RACER JACOB LOOMIS STEPS-UP TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP
Global Racing Group confirms its first 2017 F4 U.S. rookie entry
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 15, 2016) –The off-season momentum continues for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda as it gains Sports Car Club of America Club Racing pilot Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas. Global Racing Group confirmed Loomis as its first of four drivers for the 2017 F4 U.S. Championship. Continue reading SCCA CLUB RACER JACOB LOOMIS STEPS-UP TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP
DE LA VARA CELEBRATES VICTORIES IN OFF-SEASON
F4 U.S Championship driver competes in F4 NACAM
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2016) – For Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda competitor Moises de la Vara of Guadalajara, the off-season has been busy. Before the inaugural F4 U.S. season concluded, de la Vara suited-up for his second competition season in the FIA Mexican F4 Championship, F4 NACAM, making him the first North American competitor to ever compete in two FIA F4 championships simultaneously. Continue reading DE LA VARA CELEBRATES VICTORIES IN OFF-SEASON F4 U.S Championship driver competes in F4 NACAM
F4 U.S. PARTNERS WITH AN INDUSTRY LEADER
JRi Shocks to Present Cash Prize to Event Hard Charger
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 3, 2016) – Competitors in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will have the opportunity to increase their total cash prize earnings by $3,000 during the six-event 2017 season with the new JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award.
The F4 U.S. Championship competitor who passes the most cars during the three-race event weekend will now earn a $500 cash prize from industry leader JRi Shocks. One competitor during each event will be recognized in victory circle at the end of the weekend’s final race. Continue reading F4 U.S. PARTNERS WITH AN INDUSTRY LEADER
2017 F4 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED AT PRI
SCCA Pro Racing adds COTA, IMS, Mosport and VIR to 2017 schedule
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 2016) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda has expanded its 2017 season from five events to six, visiting some of the most prestigious open-wheel tracks in North America with stops at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Continue reading 2017 F4 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED AT PRI
DAS SPENDS A NIGHT WITH THE STARS
F4 U.S. champion Cameron Das recognized at annual FIA Prize Giving Gala
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2016) – The 2016 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season culminated for inaugural season champion Cameron Das on Friday evening as the up-and-coming star was honored on the same stage as Formula One World Championship champion Nico Rosberg during the FIA Prize Giving Gala at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria.
The year-end event celebrates the achievements of the FIA championship-winning drivers and teams from around the world.
Highlights of Das’ evening were walking the red-carpet bordered by Austrian fans, meeting racing hero Rosberg and being seated next to F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Executive Director of the Mercedes F1 team Paddy Lowe.
“Being around my racing heroes was surreal,” said Das. “There was no longer a barrier between us, and I felt a part of the international racing community. It also made me realize just how small the world is.”
Additional honorees were, F1 World Championship competitors Lewis Hamilton and Ricciardoo, four-time FIA World Rally Champion crew Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, victorious WEC Porsche LMP1 drivers, Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, as well as all-conquering WTCC ace José María López, WRX champion Matthias Ekström and Formula E champion Sébastien Buemi.
NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM HAS A WINNING FORMULA
Steve Newey and Dean Durrett join the 2017 F4 U.S. field as Indy Motorsport Group
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 21, 2016) – Indianapolis 500 winning team-owner Steve Newey and Dean Durrett of Durrett Racing Group will merge to form the multi-car race team Indy Motorsport Group to contest in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season.
The group will provide a driver-development focused platform for competitors making their first foray into junior open-wheel racing. Continue reading NEW F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM HAS A WINNING FORMULA
OPPORTUNITIES ARISE FOR F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Group-A Racing selected to host winner of inaugural Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series
INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2016) – Emerging opportunities continue to arise for the participants of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. F4 U.S. team Group-A Racing was selected by the Lucas Oil School of Racing committee to host the winner of the inaugural Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series for a day of testing as part of its champion award package.
The champion will spend one full day working with Group-A Racing, testing his or her choice of the F4 U.S. Championship Crawford F4-16 chassis or one of the team’s other open-wheel seats at MSR Houston, the winter base of Lucas Oil School of Racing in Angleton, Texas. Continue reading OPPORTUNITIES ARISE FOR F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
SUPERKARTS! USA S1 SERIES CHAMPION TO RECEIVE F4 UNITED STATES SCHOLARSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS (November 10, 2016) – As part of an emphasis on assisting in the development of the next generation of racers, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda partners SCCA Pro Racing, Onroak Automotive North America Co. (formerly Crawford Composites) and Honda Performance Development will present the SuperKarts! USA S1 class champion an award package valued at nearly $18,000 during the SKUSA Supernats in Las Vegas from Nov. 16-20.
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FIRST-YEAR VICTORIES SOLIDIFY THE FUTURE OF THE F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS (October 28, 2016) – From making its public debut at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 to awarding more than $77,000 in cash prizes, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda experienced several milestones during its inaugural season and is gaining momentum as the championship heads into its second season.
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F4 U.S. CHAMPION DAS ENTERED TO MAKE EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 DEBUT THIS WEEKEND
Cameron Das will compete for the BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy
INDIANAPOLIS (October 26, 2016)- Opportunities continue to unfold for Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda competitors. Inaugural F4 U.S. Championship titleholder Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, is slated to make his European racing debut Saturday during the BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy at the Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, United Kingdom.
The one-off season closer allows teams to evaluate potential new drivers for the 2017 season, offers additional mileage for current BRDC British F3 drivers and permits drivers looking to get their first experience with the F3 car to enter.
“The competition here is really competitive. I’m very excited to be participating in this year’s Autumn Trophy,” Das said. “It’s been an easy transition for me from F4 to F3 with some minor challenges. F4 U.S. helped me improve my race craft and bridged the gap from karts to the higher downforce of the F3 cars. This series also uses Pirelli Tires which has made the learning curve a bit easier.”
Das, 16, was recruited by the UK-based F3 race team Carlin to compete this weekend and hopes that this opportunity will land him a permanent seat to race in the 2017 BRDC British F3 season.
Das takes on the challenges of Snetterton on Saturday and Sunday over the course of two qualifying sessions and four races. Event test days are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Timing and scoring for the event will be updated on BritishF3.com.
F4 U.S. DRIVER KIRKWOOD HEADS TO ENGLAND TO REPRESENT TEAM USA
Kirkwood to compete in Formula Ford Festival as Team USA Scholarship recipient
INDIANAPOLIS (October 19, 2016) – While the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season ended Oct. 9, driver Kyle Kirkwood’s racing days are still thriving.
As a member of Team USA, the 17-year-old jetsetter from Jupiter, Florida, flew straight from Homestead-Miami Speedway to London, England on Oct. 9 after the F4 U.S. Championship banquet. Continue reading F4 U.S. DRIVER KIRKWOOD HEADS TO ENGLAND TO REPRESENT TEAM USA
VICTORY NEVER TASTED SO SWEATY, THE SHOEY REACHES THE UNITED STATES
F4 U.S. driver Leguizamon follows in Formula 1 footsteps by performing the “shoey” on the podium
INDIANAPOLIS (October 12, 2016) – For young Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers, most want to follow in the footsteps of their Formula 1 role models. Sixteen-year-old F4 U.S. driver Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, proved not only do the young athletes admire the F1 drivers for their work on the track but also their actions off the field. Thus, Leguizamon has introduced the “shoey” to the United States.
On Sunday after completing a season-high second-place finish during the final F4 U.S. Championship race, Leguizamon celebrated his victory on the podium by taking off his right neon green OMP racing shoe and filling it with the celebratory F4 U.S. champion’s sparkling grape juice.
Leguizamon then pressed his race-worn shoe against his lips, guzzled down the juice and threw deuces over his head to symbolize his second-place finish.
“The taste was amazing because I was on the podium,” said Leguizamon, who drives for Miller Vinitieri Motorsports.
Leguizamon’s unconventional celebration, which is called a “shoey,” was mimicked after Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo first showcased the “shoey” after he placed second in the German Grand Prix earlier this year. Ricciardo honored the podium placement by drinking champagne from his racing shoe. Ricciardo continued his signature Australian trademark on the Italian Grand Prix podium and after winning his first F1 race of the season in Malaysia. On the Malaysia Grand Prix podium, Ricciardo had his Red Bull Racing mate Max Verstappen and Nico Rosberg to join in.
“I saw the Red Bull guys Ricciardo and Verstappen celebrate that way on the podium,” Leguizamon said. “I like Ricciardo and Verstrappen because they are aggressive drivers like me. I love that driving style. I wanted to honor my podium and these drivers by drinking from my shoe just like them.”
Leguizamon hopes to return to the F4 U.S. Championship for season two in 2017 to continue the “shoey” ritual during a podium win.
DAS DOMINATES SEASON FINALE, CROWNED FIRST F4 U.S. SEASON CHAMPION
Das sweeps championship weekend at Miami-Homestead Speedway
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (October 10, 2016) – Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, won his eighth consecutive Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda race on Sunday, capping off a dominating season to become the first F4 U.S. National Champion.
Das, who won nine of 15 F4 U.S. races this season, swept all three races over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway and earned a $25,000 grand prize for leading the season-long points list.
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