Sturdy entry for Highway Atlanta System four U.S. opener
After setting a world report for the most important common F4 fields in 2018, the System four United States Championship Powered by Honda returns to Highway Atlanta April 18-20 for its season opener with a powerful 24-car lineup brimming with returning veterans and proficient rookies.
Main the two-car assault for the reigning driver’s championship successful workforce DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports is Teddy Wilson, who strikes from the Jay Howard squad changing 2018 champion Dakota Dickerson. Wilson, from South Luffenham, England, scored two poles and two podiums in his F4 collection debut final April at VIR, and went on to say seven prime fives en path to seventh general within the 51-driver championship.
Wilson’s DC Autosport teammate at Highway Atlanta will likely be Ryan McElwee of Escondido, Calif.
Defending workforce champions Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport confirmed one other powerhouse, multi-national driver lineup for 2019 with returning drivers Arthur Leist of Novo Hamburgo, Brazil; Jose Blanco of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Joshua Automobile of Sydney, Australia. Karting champion Dante Yu of Temple Metropolis, California, completes the workforce’s roster.
Final season, Crosslink/Kiwi drivers dominated at Highway Atlanta, with Blanco claiming the primary win for the workforce.
“Highway Atlanta has been excellent to me again to once I began in open wheel at [age] 16,” Blanco mentioned. “Clearly final 12 months having my first win of the season there was a fantastic feeling. This season I count on extra of the identical. Hopefully we will win all of the races, however most significantly come out of the weekend with good factors for the championship.”
Automobile additionally discovered success in Atlanta final 12 months: Beginning 26th in Race three following a Race 1 incident, Automobile staged a tremendous comeback, passing 19 automobiles to complete seventh. The thrilling drive was the begin to the younger Aussie’s standout rookie season, resulting in a fourth-place general end within the driver championship.
Jay Howard Driver Improvement expanded its efforts within the low season and can convey a fleet of seven pink, white, blue and black Ligier JS F4 automobiles to the opener. Whereas Christian Bogle and Wyatt Brichacek competed in choose F4 occasions in 2018, this 12 months’s JHDD lineup is comprised primarily of karting rookies, like UK karting champion and double Welsh champion Jonny Wilkinson, from Brackley, England, seeking to advance by means of the single-seater echelons into the NTT IndyCar Sequence.
After spending three years constructing a formidable resume in rallycross, 18-year-old Californian Christian Brooks additionally elected to redirect his profession goal towards the NTT IndyCar Sequence. This 12 months, Brooks will start his new journey with JHDD within the F4 U.S. Championship, supported by International Digital Know-how and Sizzling Wheels. In pre-season testing the nationally-ranked karter transitioned seamlessly to the 160hp Honda-powered method automotive.
Alliance Racing additionally grew in the course of the winter months, rising from two to 5 entries for 2019. Returning to the Fuel Monkey Power Drink-sponsored workforce are Indiana residents Will Edwards and Chandler Horton. Becoming a member of them will likely be second-year F4 driver Dylan Tavella together with karts-to-cars rookies Zoey Edenholm and Ryan MacDermid.
Veteran F4 U.S. groups Group-A Racing and Primus Racing Group return for his or her fourth 12 months competing within the FIA-supported championship. Additionally targeted on growing drivers from karts to automobiles, each groups have produced a number of podium outcomes all through the years.
Aiden Yoder leads the assault for Primus Racing Group whereas Group-A Racing brings again David Porcelli, who had a promising single-event debut final 12 months at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Of the remainder, the youngest multi-car workforce within the championship, DEForce Racing, enters the tripleheader opening weekend with two 15-year-old Brazilians — Fransico “Kiko” Porto and Guilherme “Gui” Peixoto. Velocity Racing Improvement’s returning driver Oliver Clarke (Norfolk, England) has his sights set firmly on making a powerful begin to his new marketing campaign. And eventually, collection newcomers Jenson International Advisors and Quantum Racing Providers full the lineup of 2019 groups, each fielding single-car entries for drivers Inigo Leon (Mexico Metropolis, Mexico) and Matt Rivard (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.) respectively.
The F4 U.S. subject kicks off the 2019 season on Thursday April 18 with a pair of official practices. The 30-minute qualifying session begins at 9 a.m. ET on Friday adopted by Race 1 at 1:20 p.m. ET. The weekend commences with the ultimate two rounds on Sunday (8:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. ET). Followers can comply with Reside Timing and Scoring on F4USChampionship.com or on the Race Monitor App.