F4 US Group-A workforce retains its concentrate on driver improvement
As the primary workforce to decide to the inaugural Method four United States Championship Powered by Honda collection, legacy workforce Group-A Racing took supply of the primary Ligier JS F4 chassis again in 2016. Since then, the New York-based workforce has stored its concentrate on creating younger drivers, serving to them graduate from karts to automobiles and onward to the subsequent ranges of racing.
For the reason that inaugural season, Group-A has fielded eight rookies and two veteran open-wheel drivers, incomes a number of podiums and contingency awards. Nonetheless, workforce supervisor and driver coach Jonathan Scarallo says that whereas podiums are at all times good, they aren’t at all times an important instrument in measuring success.
“Leaving the weekend and not using a trophy doesn’t imply a driver didn’t succeed. There are different methods to measure success,” Scarallo mentioned. “A few of our drivers have been inexperienced, beginning out close to the underside in outcomes; and by the subsequent race, they moved to mid-pack. In F4 that could possibly be a 15-position distinction which is a large accomplishment for a brand new driver.
“Our rookies have had large good points over the course of a season, creating at an extremely fast fee.”
Group-A Racing additionally hosts automobiles within the Lucas Oil Method Race Collection, an arrive-and-drive spec collection for drivers simply studying open-wheel race craft.
“We’ve at all times had at the very least two drivers who weren’t prepared for F4 within the Lucas Method Race Collection as a part of our driver improvement program,” defined Scarallo. “As an alternative of simply throwing them into F4, we take them there to get them very beneficial race and seat time, getting ready them for the subsequent step. Teaching our drivers within the collection quickens the training curve.
“We additionally present driver administration, serving to drivers make the step up on the appropriate time and dealing with them on the advertising and marketing and funding aspect.”
The Lucas Oil Faculty of Racing observed Group-A’s operation efforts and chosen the workforce as its premier open-wheel check workforce, using the squad’s three many years of expertise to host its champion in a one-day check.
“For the Lucas Oil Faculty of Racing committee to decide on us to be concerned by internet hosting its collection champion’s check is an amazing privilege and praise to our workforce,” mentioned Scarallo. “We at all times sit up for having the collection champion check with us. They’ve a possibility to work with our lead engineer Alain Clarnival, who has many years of expertise of profitable races and championships in each ladder system and pinnacle motorsports.
“It’s additionally an important alternative for that driver to expertise the subsequent degree up when it comes to horsepower and grip, whereas working with us when it comes to suggestions and automotive setup.
“We’re particularly excited as a result of this season the winner has the selection of an F4 scholarship because the championship prize,” Scarallo added.
The Lucas Oil Method Race Collection champion should resolve between one in every of three grand prizes provided, together with a scholarship valued at $50,000 to enter F4 U.S. in 2020. The champion will check in his or her selection of an F4 automotive or one in every of Group-A Racing’s different open-wheel seats (relying on the scholarship chosen) at MSR Houston.
In an effort to finish its two-car 2019 F4 U.S. lineup, the workforce has held a collection of evaluations with potential drivers for the upcoming season at its winter base in Texas.
“Our South African driver Cameron O’Connor wasn’t capable of return for his sophomore season as a result of journey began conflicting with college. This left each our seats open,” Scarallo defined. “We’ve secured new sponsorship, although, that has helped create extra inexpensive driver packages with out sacrificing efficiency or customer support.”
The fourth F4 U.S. season kicks off April 18-20 at Highway Atlanta. For extra details about the championship, go to F4USChampionship.com. For testing alternatives with Group-A Racing, contact Jonathan Scarallo at GroupARacing@aol.com.