DAS LEADS F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS RACE HEADING INTO PENULTIMATE EVENT
Event 4 of the Formula 4 U.S. Championship headed to Road Atlanta this weekend
INDIANAPOLIS (September 15, 2016) – Two wins and a fifth-place finish during Event 3 of the Formula 4 United States Championship was just the right combination to catapult Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, from third to first place in championship points heading into the series penultimate event at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to Road Atlanta,” Das said. “It’s a track with lots of elevations, a long straightaway and most importantly, speed. I’ve practiced hours on the simulator, but it will be interesting to see how the real track feels. I think we will see some intense drafting down the long back-straight. I will have to work extra hard this weekend to stay first in points standings.”
Das, 16, had a slow start to the season with a fifth and two fourth-place finishes during the inaugural event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in July.
Event 2 was a bit more fruitful for Das as he grew more comfortable with the ZeroChroma JDX Racing blue and white No. 28 car. He took home a podium win, a fourth-place finish, along with setting three fast-lap times, and seizing two pole positions.
It wasn’t until the series met again for Event 3 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, that Das showed the world he was the competitor to beat. Das captured the pole for all three races, set fast-lap times three out of four times and went home with two victories and a fifth-place finish.
“To come in so quick and have done so well the entire New Jersey weekend felt awesome,” Das said. “It shows that all the hard work in the beginning pays off in the end.”
While Das sits in first place in the F4 U.S. Championship points race, the inaugural event three-time winner Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, trails in second by only six points. Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, is third with Primus Racing teammate Jim Goughary Jr. of Jupiter, Florida, not far behind him in fourth. Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, rounds out the top five.
Robinson has not entered to compete at Road Atlanta, leaving opportunity for Raphael Forcier of Montreal and Moises de la Vara of Guadalajara, Mexico, to rise in the ranks from sixth and seventh, respectively.
Michael Goodyear of Carmel, Indiana, who missed the last event due to a conflict in his college schedule, will return for Road Atlanta.
“After missing Event 3 because of the start of the fall semester at Ball State University, I am beyond excited to participate in the next F4 U.S. Championship event at Road Atlanta,” Goodyear said.
The F4 U.S. competitors have two practices and qualifying Friday with two races Saturday. The drivers will cap off the weekend with one final race on Sunday morning.