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CHAMPIONSHIP KARTING TEAM EXPANDS OPERATION INTO F4 U.S.

CHAMPIONSHIP KARTING TEAM EXPANDS OPERATION INTO F4 U.S.

Team BENIK joins F4 U.S. for 2018 season

INDIANAPOLIS (November 29, 2017) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda gird continues to grow in its offseason with the addition of its newest multicar team. Championship karting Team BENIK announced that its operation expansion into F4 will start in 2018, fielding two cars.

“Going into the F4 U.S. program is an obvious step for us,” explained Team BENIK Manager Nick Mitchell. “It makes complete sense for our internal ladder system and we can’t wait to get going. We feel it’s the perfect cost-effective training ground for young drivers and the series seems to be super competitive.” Continue reading CHAMPIONSHIP KARTING TEAM EXPANDS OPERATION INTO F4 U.S.

F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: PARKER LOCKE AND KYLE KIRKWOOD SPEND TIME OFF TRACK GIVING BACK

F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: PARKER LOCKE AND KYLE KIRKWOOD SPEND TIME OFF TRACK GIVING BACK

INDIANAPOLIS (November 28, 2017) – As Americans joined together last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, two Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers learned that their actions outside of the car can be more impactful as the actions inside of it.

Parker Locke of San Antonio and Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, spent the holidays serving others in their community.
Continue reading F4 DRIVERS IN ACTION: PARKER LOCKE AND KYLE KIRKWOOD SPEND TIME OFF TRACK GIVING BACK

F4 U.S. DRIVERS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT SUPERKARTS! USA SUPERNATIONALS

F4 U.S. DRIVERS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT SUPERKARTS! USA SUPERNATIONALS

LAS VEGAS (November 18, 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 making taking that next step from karts to cars. Several F4 U.S. drivers like Jack William Miller of Westfield, Indiana, John Paul Southern Jr. of Westlake, Ohio, Austin McCusker of Glen Head, New York, and Lawson Nigel of Fort Worth, Texas, started their racing careers whipping around hairpin turns, developing their race craft in karts.

Some F4 U.S. drivers still participate in the Superkarts! USA series. Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development driver Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, entered the SKUSA Supernationals, the largest karting event in the world, this weekend to continue to develop his skills behind the wheel. Continue reading F4 U.S. DRIVERS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT SUPERKARTS! USA SUPERNATIONALS

SUPERKARTS! USA S1 SERIES CHAMPION JAKE FRENCH TO RECEIVE F4 U.S. SCHOLARSHIP

SUPERKARTS! USA S1 SERIES CHAMPION JAKE FRENCH TO RECEIVE F4 U.S. SCHOLARSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS (November 14, 2017) – 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, Honda Performance Development, Onroak Automotive North America Co. and Pirelli will present the SuperKarts! USA S1 class champion Jake French, an award package valued at nearly $22,000 during the SKUSA! Supernats in Las Vegas from Nov. 15-19. Continue reading SUPERKARTS! USA S1 SERIES CHAMPION JAKE FRENCH TO RECEIVE F4 U.S. SCHOLARSHIP

FIA SUPER LICENSE POINTS AWARDED TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS

FIA SUPER LICENSE POINTS AWARDED TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS

Kyle Kirkwood, Benjamin Pedersen and Timo Reger recognized as F4 U.S. FIA championship winners

INDIANAPOLIS (November 9, 2017) – At the end of each Formula 4 United States Championship Powered By Honda season, the top-seven drivers entered in the championship points reserve are presented FIA Super License and FIA championship points to aid in their racing career advancement to Formula 1.
Kirkwood, Pedersen and Reger were also recognized as the winners of the F4 U.S. FIA Championship. Continue reading FIA SUPER LICENSE POINTS AWARDED TO F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS

HANKOOK 24H COTA USA 2017 LIVE STREAM NOW AVAILABLE

HANKOOK 24H COTA USA 2017 LIVE STREAM NOW AVAILABLE

SCCA Pro Racing sanctions first CREVENTIC SERIES powered by Hankook event at Circuit of the Americas

Austin, Texas (Nov. 10, 2017) – Fans won’t miss a second of the action during the inaugural Hankook 24H Circuit of the Americas USA 2017 CREVENTIC SEIRES powered by Hankook season finale Nov. 10-12. The FIA Silver Series grand finale is available by LIVE stream through the SCCA Pro Racing website (SCCAPro.com) or by visiting the series site (24hseries.com/scca/). Continue reading HANKOOK 24H COTA USA 2017 LIVE STREAM NOW AVAILABLE

JAY HOWARD’S MDD COMMITS TO F3 AMERICAS WITH BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON

JAY HOWARD’S MDD COMMITS TO F3 AMERICAS WITH BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON
Leguizamon confirmed as first driver in inaugural F3 Americas season

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2017)- IndyCar driver Jay Howard confirmed today that Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will compete under his Motorsports Driver Development team in 2018 in the newest SCCA Pro Racing championship, Formula 3 Americas Powered by Honda. MDD is the first team to sign a driver for the new series, making Leguizamon the first competitor to commit to the season. Continue reading JAY HOWARD’S MDD COMMITS TO F3 AMERICAS WITH BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON

PEDERSEN CELEBRATES THIRD COTA WIN AT THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX DEBUT

PEDERSEN CELEBRATES THIRD COTA WIN AT THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX DEBUT

F4 U.S. Championship drivers Kyle Kirkwood and Dakota Dickerson complete podium

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 21, 2017) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers showed Austin, Texas, and the rest of the world how exciting junior-open wheel racing can be with an action-packed race from start to finish. Thousands of fans were on their feet cheering as Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, passed pole-sitter and F4 U.S. National Champion Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, for the lead in the final moments of the race. The cheers and gasps continued as Dakota Dickerson, who had chased Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, for most of the round, made a calculated sling-shot pass on the inside to claim the last spot on the podium.

“The fan support here at COTA has been amazing. I could hear the fans cheering through my helmet over my Honda engine,” said Pederson, who has won three of the last four races at COTA. “To hear the Danish national anthem play after my win was amazing and to be on the top spot of the F1 podium was even better.”

Pedersen shared the front row with Kirkwood. Kirkwood’s car launched from the F1-style standing start like a rocket ship, leaving Pedersen to play catch up. The pair zoomed around the red, white and blue COTA corners, creating more than a second gap between Eves, Brendon Leitch of Invercargill, New Zealand, and Dickerson. Finally, the Global Racing Group driver wore down Kirkwood and made a pass on the outside of Turn 5. Pedersen held off advances from Kirkwood until he took the checkered.

“Pedersen raced me clean the entire race,” said Kirkwood. “He’s extremely calm and has been the best driver to race against in the championship.”

Dickerson, who started P5, was patient most of the race, waiting for Eves to wear the rubber off his Pirelli PZero tires. After passing his Kiwi Motorsport teammate Leitch, Eves was next on Dickerson’s hitlist. Eves defended his racing line as Dickerson tried multiple overtakes, but one wide turn in T20 from the Jay Howard Motorsports Driver Development driver left just enough room for Dickerson to whip inside on the penultimate lap.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that SCCA Pro Racing and F4 U.S. has given us,” Dickerson said. “Being on the F1 podium was unexpected and was a dream of mine my entire life. I will remember this moment forever and hopefully tomorrow the U.S. national anthem will be played as I collect my first win of the season.”

The win from Pedersen jolted him from fifth place in the national championship to third, respectively. Unofficially, Forcier still holds second with Dickerson in fourth. Jordan Sherratt of Durban, South Africa, dropped to fifth in standings but only trails Pedersen by 12 points and Dickerson by two.

The F4 U.S. field returns to COTA tomorrow at 11:20 a.m. CT for the season finale.

NINE DRIVERS BATTLE FOR F4 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

NINE DRIVERS BATTLE FOR F4 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Global Racing Group adds last minute entry to challenge F4 U.S. field
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 21, 2017) – The season finale of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda takes place on the largest world-stage its experienced to date, the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas Oct. 20-22. More than 300,000 fans are anticipated to fill the stands during the three-day event.
Thirty-one F4 U.S. drivers will share the same track as their F1- racing idols, but each have a different goal for the two-race weekend culmination. Frederik Vesti of Billund, Denmark, tests where he belongs in his first ever F4 U.S race, while, nine drivers fight for position for a national championship. Continue reading NINE DRIVERS BATTLE FOR F4 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

F4 U.S. DRIVERS COLLECT WINS IN SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS DEBUT McCusker, Finlayson, Loomis and Lazier participate in largest Runoffs in SCCA history

F4 U.S. DRIVERS COLLECT WINS IN SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS DEBUT
McCusker, Finlayson, Loomis and Lazier participate in largest Runoffs in SCCA history

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 2, 2017)- Two Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers won big in the 54th Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday and Sunday. Austin McCusker of Glen Head, New York, and Elliot Finlayson of Yorkville, Illinois, claimed national championships in their rookie Runoffs appearance.

“All the F4 U.S. guys raced phenomenally this week in Indy,” said SCCA Ventures Board of Directors President Dan Helman. “So much exposure comes with winning a Runoffs and the extra seat time they get here and during club-racing events benefits their professional racing craft.” Continue reading F4 U.S. DRIVERS COLLECT WINS IN SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS DEBUT McCusker, Finlayson, Loomis and Lazier participate in largest Runoffs in SCCA history

BENJAMIN PEDERSEN DOMINATES F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP COTA EVENT Kyle Kirkwood Clinches Season Championship after Claiming Two Podium Finishes

BENJAMIN PEDERSEN DOMINATES F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP COTA EVENT
Kyle Kirkwood Clinches Season Championship after Claiming Two Podium Finishes

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 16, 2017)- Global Racing Group pilot Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, dominated Circuit of the Americas Friday, winning both races and capturing pole position in qualifying and in Round 16. This was the highest finish for Pedersen in his two years of competing in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. Continue reading BENJAMIN PEDERSEN DOMINATES F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP COTA EVENT Kyle Kirkwood Clinches Season Championship after Claiming Two Podium Finishes

LONE STAR LE MANS WEEKEND BREAKS ENTRY RECORD FOR F4 U.S

LONE STAR LE MANS WEEKEND BREAKS ENTRY RECORD FOR F4 U.S
34 Cars Registered for Penultimate COTA Event

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2017)- Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will make history this weekend as it enters its largest field since its 2016 debut. Thirty-four cars will take the track at the prestigious Circuit of the Americas for the FIA World Endurance Championship Lone Star Le Mans Aug. 14-16. Continue reading LONE STAR LE MANS WEEKEND BREAKS ENTRY RECORD FOR F4 U.S

LOOMIS AND FINLAYSON MOVE FORWARD IN TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP SHOOTOUT

LOOMIS AND FINLAYSON MOVE FORWARD IN TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP SHOOTOUT

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2017)- As a result of his experience in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, an exciting opportunity has emerged for Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas. The Global Racing Group driver will compete in the Team USA Scholarship Driver Shootout September 8-9 at M1 Concourse facility in Pontiac, Michigan. The two-day evaluation will be held in conjunction with the Lucas Oil School of Racing. Continue reading LOOMIS AND FINLAYSON MOVE FORWARD IN TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP SHOOTOUT

RIVERS IN ACTION: CANADIAN DRIVER DONATES PRIZE MONEY TO HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY

F4 U.S. DRIVERS IN ACTION: CANADIAN DRIVER DONATES PRIZE MONEY TO HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY

Steve Bamford and JRi Shocks Give $1000 to Reunite Displaced Pets to Their Families

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 31, 2017)- Animal lover and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda pilot Steve Bamford of Toronto donated his JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award winnings from Virginia International Raceway to the Houston Humane Society. After seeing dozens of images of pets displaced from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on social media and the news, Bamford knew he had to help.

“I have friends and business partners who live in Houston and have been hit hard by the aftermath of Harvey. There are so many great organizations helping with victims, it was extremely hard to pick one, but being an animal lover, this can help save and reunite someone’s furry family member,” said Cape Motorsports pilot Bamford.  “Many people have lost their homes and the thought of not having your pet rescued is just one more very emotional and difficult thing we would like to help people avoid.”

JRi Shocks was touched by Bamford’s generosity and decided to match the $500 contribution to increase the donation to $1000.

“When we found Steve Bamford was going to donate his contingency award to the Houston Humane Society, we were happy to match his donation,” stated Marty Flannery, JRi Shocks Sportscar & Open Wheel Market Manager.

Hundreds of animals were separated from their owners during the chaos of Hurricane Harvey. According to NBC News, local shelters that typically house no more than 30 dogs and 60 cats were over capacity, currently housing more than 200 cats and dogs by using a garage as overflow space.

“The number of pets displaced in a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey in need of shelter, food, necessary vaccinations and preventative care is immense,” said Jeff Ryan, JRi Shocks General Manager. “We are honored to help the Houston Humane Society and their selfless efforts as our pets are family members too.”

DRIVERS IN ACTION: F4 U.S. DRIVERS DONATE RACE WINNINGS TO HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

DRIVERS IN ACTION: F4 U.S. DRIVERS DONATE RACE WINNINGS TO HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

Dakota Dickerson and Jordan Sherratt Pledge $1000 to American Red Cross

ALTON, VIRGINIA (Aug. 28, 2017)- Dakota Dickerson of San Diego and Jordan Sherratt of Durban, South Africa, donated a portion of their Virginia International Raceway race-winnings to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers, along with a donation-match from SCCA Pro Racing, contributed $1000 to support the American Red Cross efforts to provide clean water, safe shelter and hot meals to disaster victims when they need them most. The pair both have personal ties to the areas affected by the storms. Continue reading DRIVERS IN ACTION: F4 U.S. DRIVERS DONATE RACE WINNINGS TO HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON AND JORDAN SHERRATT CLAIM MAIDEN VICTORIES AT VIR

BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON AND JORDAN SHERRATT CLAIM MAIDEN VICTORIES AT VIR

F4 U.S. Puts on a Show at Virginia International Raceway

ALTON, VIRGINIA (Aug. 27, 2017)- Tears of joy, faces of anguish and nail-biting moments created an exciting day of racing for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda Saturday at Virginia International Raceway. Underdogs rose to the top to claim first victories and fumbles from point-leaders left fans on the edge-of-their seats, watching as the story unfolded. After strenuous battles combined with a bit of patience, Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Jordan Sherratt of Durban, South Africa, were heroes to their teams as the pair collected their maiden wins. Continue reading BALTAZAR LEGUIZAMON AND JORDAN SHERRATT CLAIM MAIDEN VICTORIES AT VIR

F4 U.S. BRINGS BIGGEST FIELD SINCE SEASON OPENER TO VIR

F4 U.S. BRINGS BIGGEST FIELD SINCE SEASON OPENER TO VIR
Jay Howard MDD adds two new drivers to expand entry list to 33

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2017)- Thirty-three Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda cars will compete at the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship weekend at Virginia International Raceway Aug. 25-27. Entries from the newest F4 U.S. multicar-team DEForce Racing and two new drivers joining Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development expanded the Event 5 field, creating the largest field since the series’ season debut in April.

“We’ve averaged 30 or more cars at each event this season, but it’s nice to see that number back at 33,” SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth said. “Our growth is continuing and we anticipate an even larger field for the remaining championship events.” Continue reading F4 U.S. BRINGS BIGGEST FIELD SINCE SEASON OPENER TO VIR

EXTREME WEATHER CREATES INTENSE RACING CONDITIONS FOR F4 U.S. COMPETITORS

EXTREME WEATHER CREATES INTENSE RACING CONDITIONS FOR F4 U.S. COMPETITORS

Leitch and Robinson win big at Mid-Ohio Challenge

LEXINGTON, OHIO (Aug 12, 2017)- From three-wide battles to multiple lead changes in the rain, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda delivered two dramatic rounds of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Friday. Inclement weather dictated team strategy. Those who gambled with the conditions conquered the track, creating two new champions. Continue reading EXTREME WEATHER CREATES INTENSE RACING CONDITIONS FOR F4 U.S. COMPETITORS

JAY HOWARD’S MOTORSPORTS DRIVER DEVELOPMENT ADDS FIFTH CAR TO F4 U.S. ROSTER

JAY HOWARD’S MOTORSPORTS DRIVER DEVELOPMENT ADDS FIFTH CAR TO F4 U.S. ROSTER

Sanzaru Games Karting Champion Colin Mullan to fill extra MDD seat

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug 7, 2017)- Just days before the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda mid-season event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development has expanded its line-up to include a fifth car piloted by Colin Mullan of Danville, California. Mullin was selected to complete the season with MDD after a successful team-test at Gingerman Raceway in June.

“Colin did an impressive job at Gingerman during his testing session,” said MDD team owner Jay Howard. “We are looking forward to him joining the team for Mid-Ohio, and seeing what he can do on track. We are excited to have him in the program.”

Mullan began his racing career in 2008 at age six. Now 15, Mullan has built up an impressive resume of accomplishments across a variety of racing platforms, including karting, quarter midgets, Mini Cup stock cars, spec Miata, and FormulaSpeed cars. In 2016, he was crowned champion of the Sanzaru Games Karting series in Junior Rotax, competed in the Skip Barber Formula school, and was awarded the VMB Driver Development Scholarship, among many other accomplishments. Mullan also competes in the 2017 Formula Car Challenge, racing in the FormulaSPEED class.

“I am excited to be joining Jay Howard and the MDD program at Mid-Ohio and competing at an international level,” Mullan said. “I was truly fortunate to have the opportunity to test the F4 U.S. car at and it was fantastic all around. I am hoping I can have the opportunity to compete for a full season next year.”

After nine rounds, MDD ranks sixth in team standings, experiencing its most successful weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with two podiums, one top-five and a top-10 finish. MDD is the overall youngest team in the F4 U.S. paddock with its drivers’ ages averaging just over 15 years old.

The MDD team and the rest of the F4 U.S. field is back in action Aug. 11-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Fans can visit F4USChampionship.com for more event information.

KYLE KIRKWOOD CAPTURES F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD AFTER CTMP

KYLE KIRKWOOD CAPTURES F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD AFTER CTMP

Battle for the top-10 heats up heading into Mid-Ohio

INDIANAPOLIS (July 20, 2017)- New competitors have emerged in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda top-10 standings. After six consecutive wins, Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, slipped into first place, stealing the spot from Timo Reger of Houston. Thirty-one points now separate the sophomore Cape Motorsports pilot from the second-place JDX Racing rookie.

“It feels amazing to be first in points after struggling the first event in Homestead,” Kirkwood said. “Cape Motorsports has given me a fast car, and we will continue to push the rest of the season.”

Raphael Forcier of Montreal sits in third but not without pressure from rookie Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas. Only three points separate the pair. Mathias Soler-Obel of Bogota, Colombia, secured the last spot in the top-five, moving from ninth to fifth place after having his best race weekend since the first season event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At 15-years-old, Soler-Obel is the youngest competitor in F4 U.S. history to be top-five in championship points.

“We have been working hard since the start of the season,” said Soler-Obel. “It is an honor to be the youngest competitor in the top-five of the standings. My goal is to be the youngest competitor to ever win the F4 U.S. Championship.”

With two second-place podiums and a top-10 finish in his F4 U.S. debut, Dakota Dickerson of San Diego scored enough points at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to position himself into sixth place. Jordan Sherratt of Durban, South Africa, who won the JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award in the series opener after making 47 position changes, saw the biggest jump in standings after CTMP. The Crosslink Motorsports driver shot from 15th to eighth in points. Baltazar Leguizamon of Buenos Aires, Argentina, rounds out the top-10, tying for ninth with rookie Ben Waddell of Denver.

Brendon Leitch from Intercargill, New Zealand, John Paul Southern Jr. from Westlake, Ohio, and Austin McCusker of Glen Head, New York, scored their first points of the season at CTMP. After three events, 24 of the 37 drivers entered in the 2017 F4 U.S. Championship season have put points on the board.

F4 U.S. points are calculated based on FIA rules and regulations.

At the end of the season, the top-seven drivers will be presented FIA Super License points to aid in their racing career advancement to Formula 1. The F4 U.S. Championship is the only junior racing series in the United States to offer its competitors Super License points.

The F4 U.S. Championship teams are back in action for Rounds 10-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 10-12. Fans can view full point standings at, F4USChampionship.com.