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Paving The Future
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Two fan-favorite tracks are striving to retain the essence of their iconic circuits with track resurfacing.

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Toyota Makes Quick Update To Supra GT4 To Benefit Drivers

Introduced in 2020, the Toyota Supra GT4 that competes in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is still rather new in racing car terms.

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Paving the Future with an Eye on the Past

Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Strive to Retain the Essence of Their Iconic Circuits with Track Resurfacing


 

November 17, 2022

By Holly Cain

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The photos on social media are intriguing, the construction videos a play-by-play appreciated throughout the racing community. Two of the sport’s iconic venues – Wisconsin’s Road America and California’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – are being repaved after providing decades of history-making racing.

 

And race fans can’t seem to get enough of the process.

 

“It was a lot of fun actually,’’ John Ewert, Road America’s director of communications, said of installing real-time cameras to show the work being done at the track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 

“We realized a lot of people had interest in watching not only the live cams but the other stuff we did on Facebook Live. There were more than 40,000 minutes viewed of people watching the track be paved. We noticed the attention and interest, so we just kept (providing live feeds),” Ewert added with a laugh.

 

No need for purists to worry. The repaving is more akin to a fine facelift on these historic facilities. The character and historic quality remain intact. But the racing potential gets an injection of new excitement.

 

This is only the second full-course repave for the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America since it opened in September 1955. The last came in 1995.

Similarly, it’s the first complete repave since 2007 for the 2.238-mile, 11-turn WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which opened on California’s Monterey Peninsula in 1957. 

 

Not only is the WeatherTech Raceway surface getting some care, but the overall facility is receiving updates, too. The famous 50-year-old walkover bridge crossing the start-finish line was removed last week to “kick off” the project and will be replaced by a modern structure better facilitating the varied traffic the iconic venue sees.

 

“All these projects will benefit the racer and the fan,’’ track president and general manager John Narigi said. “We are very excited as it is a commitment to the future of WeatherTech Raceway and Laguna Seca.’’

 

The WeatherTech Raceway repaving project will start after the new year, with the goal of unveiling the new look in time for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend, the Motul Course De Monterey from May 12-14.

 

The work at Road America is already done – amazingly completed in a month’s time from removal of the old surface (requiring 800 dump truck loads totaling more than 8.5 tons of the old surface) on Oct. 3 to the ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 3 commemorating the project’s conclusion. 

 

The storied facility has already received a thumbs-up on the improvements from a veteran IMSA driver.

 

“Road America is one of the best tracks to race at, period,’’ Andy Lally said. “So, if there’s a little grip, a lot of grip, rain or dry, it’s set up and laid out as one of the best tracks on this planet to actually have a really good battle. I’ve driven there in prototypes, GT cars, NASCAR, touring cars, just about everything, and it’s never not an exciting race. So, looking forward to that.

 

“When you get four miles of new asphalt, it’s certainly going to be quick and there will absolutely be more track records there. And hearing from a couple people who have looked at the asphalt in Wisconsin, they’ve done a really nice job. … When the LMDh cars go there, I think we’re going to see some pretty amazing lap times.’’

 

Ewert said Road America listened to driver and fan feedback to keep the track’s same nuances.

 

“The most fascinating thing we had feedback-wise from competitors and fans was ‘don’t change it,’ so we made sure and put it back exactly the way they found it,’’ he said.

“It’s just kind of where they placed it in 1955 is where it’s been, and the feedback from the drivers from pretty much every series is they love the idea of the rolling hillsides, the elevation changes, the off-camber turns, how it emulates road racing from how it began. 

 

“We wanted to make sure everything sort of stays the same so people will still have that element of what they remember it being, and also anyone who is new will still have an exciting experience when they come and race it. … It’s a nice problem to have when everybody just loves the place.’’

 

The careful planning and intricate work involved was impressive. From drone camera shots to topographical surveys, to preserving the parabolic crown in the middle of the track, to finding just the right asphalt mix that provides improved drainage and stands up to the harsh Wisconsin winters.

 

“They did topographical surveys and laser surveys and they put in all these grade points to make sure the curbing location, camber angles and width – all that – was within a tenth of an inch (of the original surface),” Ewert said.

 

Meanwhile at WeatherTech Raceway, the track repaving is part of a $14.9 million project approved by the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors that oversees the facility owned by the county. It follows previous undertakings to enhance the overall fan experience.

 

“Our intent is to provide experiences that can be enjoyed by non-race fans as well,” track president Narigi said. “We began this year by dramatically upgrading the Champions Club and Legends Club with popular local caterers to provide a more refined dining experience. Expanding the Kids Zone with games, activities, a Ferris wheel and go-karts proved popular for families, and we will continue to refine and improve the guest experience for all ages in 2023 to heighten the experience.”


 

(Photos courtesy of Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca)

 


Toyota Makes Quick Update to Supra GT4 to Benefit Drivers

The EVO Edition Will Debut Just Three Years after the Race Car’s Introduction


 

November 16, 2022

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Introduced in 2020, the Toyota Supra GT4 that competes in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is still rather new in racing car terms.


 

But Toyota has been aggressive in developing a race-winning package for existing and future customers. Therefore, after just three years in which the Supra earned more than 50 race wins, 100 podium finishes and 11 GT4-based sports car championships in Japan, Europe and America, Toyota Gazoo Racing has developed an EVO upgrade designed to make the performance baked into the Supra GT4 more accessible to all drivers.


 

“We’re looking to reduce the time delta between driver pairings,” explained Steve Hallam, manager of vehicle support and team development for Toyota Racing Development (TRD). “The Supra is small, with a very short wheelbase, so it’s very responsive to the driver. Professional drivers love it - Aaron Telitz (Lexus driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), for example. For them, the car is fun to drive and very quick.


 

“We needed to help the gentleman driver,” Hallam continued. “They will be able to feel the car a bit more and get to grips with the car with more confidence. The car will still be quick because the fundamentals haven’t changed, but we’ve added tools to help the other drivers.”


 

Based in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe is Toyota’s competition skunkworks, designing and building cars ranging from the World Rally Championship Yaris to the GR010 Hypercar that won this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and recently clinched the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship. More than 50 Supra GT4 racing cars were produced since 2020.


 

Chassis modifications to the Supra GT4 EVO include revised dampers, a modified rear anti-roll bar and upgraded brakes, including recalibrated anti-lock braking system (ABS) software.

The body gains front dive planes to improve aerodynamic stability, as well as a modified rear wing that will allow teams to make midrace adjustments if needed.


 

While the 3.0-liter, turbocharged straight six remains essentially unchanged, the overall cooling of the car – engine, intercooler, gearbox and final drive – has been improved.


 

“We race in some hot venues around the world, and the needle has been at the wrong end of the gauge,” Hallam said. “We've addressed it, and that kind of stress won’t be happening again this year (in 2023).”


 

The Supra GT4 showed plenty of potential in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, especially the No. 14 car fielded by Riley Motorsports. Alfredo Najiri co-drove the entry to third-place finishes in 2022 at Sebring International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.


 

The car’s basic speed has never been questioned, but customer feedback indicated the Supra needed to be made more “user-friendly” to accommodate the kind of less experienced drivers that often make up the majority of GT4 fields.


 

“GT4, like any Balance of Performance category, is not about outright performance,” Hallam said. “You don’t spend huge amounts of money trying to improve the performance of your car unless you’re outside the target window.


 

“So, what you’re doing with an EVO package is respecting the needs of the customer – making it easier for them to drive or exploit the performance that’s already there, for them to enjoy their racing.”


 

Hallam, whose long motorsport career includes stints in Formula 1 (he served as a race engineer for Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, among others), NASCAR and Australian Supercars, said TRD was actively involved in the development of the Supra GT4. TRD’s lead track engineer, John Morgan, attended the final test sessions in the run-up to the car’s homologation.


 

The Riley Motorsports entry was often the only Supra on the Michelin Pilot Challenge grid in 2022, so Toyota is hoping the introduction of the EVO package will increase its presence in the coming season. The opening round is the BMW M Endurance Challenge, a four-hour contest set to run Friday, Jan. 27 at Daytona International Speedway.


 

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GTP Homologation Is the Race within the Race

The Four 2023 Manufacturers Are Working Feverishly to Get IMSA and the ACO’s Final Approval of Their LMDh Prototypes 


 

November 15, 2022

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s no secret that the four participating manufacturers in the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been testing and developing their 2023 LMDh challengers, literally around the clock.


 

But there is another race unfolding behind the scenes as Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche work with IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO, the organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans) to get their cars officially homologated for the upcoming season and beyond.


 

Matt Kurdock, IMSA Technical Director, is overseeing the comprehensive, time-consuming process for the WeatherTech Championship that will lock in the design of the competing cars for the next five seasons.


 

“Homologation is a process capturing the specification of a lot of detail in the car, the engine and other aspects of the vehicle,” Kurdock explained. “The idea behind it is that it’s a way of controlling costs and making sure that the specification of the car is frozen.


 

“A homologation formula allows the manufacturers some freedom on what they want to do, but it allows us to make sure that all examples of the car are presented the same way if there are multiple teams among the same manufacturer.”


 

The goal of LMDh homologation is for the participating manufacturers to receive final technical approval soon for the cars they will field when sports car racing’s worldwide 2023 calendar kicks off at Daytona International Speedway with IMSA’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing from Jan. 20-22, followed by the Rolex 24 At Daytona from Jan. 26-29.


 

Ideally, all four manufacturers will receive certification in the next few weeks, prior to an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Dec. 6-7 that will serve as a final dress rehearsal for manufacturers, teams and IMSA itself before competition starts in anger in January.


 

“We are in the process to homologate the Porsche 963 for IMSA but also for the FIA WEC championship,” said Urs Kualte, Director, Factory Racing LMDh for Porsche Motorsport. “As this is a complex process, it takes some time, but we are very confident to finish it in time.”


 

Communication Has Been Key


 

Indeed, homologation is a lengthy process. It started with manufacturers presenting to IMSA and the ACO proposals for the powertrain and styling of their cars, along with CAD (computer-aided design) models. As the cars were developed, both conceptually and physically, there was frequent communication between the manufacturers and sanctioning organizations to clarify questions about potential legality.


 

“There’s a lot of back and forth,” remarked Mark Crawford, Large Project Leader for California-based Honda Performance Development (HPD) in charge of the Acura ARX-06 program.


 

“We work with IMSA to get the car where they’re happy for us to go racing with it, and then we go back to the teams and make sure that they understand the form of the car they are supposed to bring to race in January. It's a bit freeform in the process, but we understand what it takes to communicate back and forth and get on the same page if we have to change a part for any reason, whether it’s to make it more durable or make it cheaper.”


 

The final step in the homologation process will unfold over the next few weeks. Each manufacturer will deliver an actual car to IMSA and the ACO, which will be tested at the full-scale, rolling road Windshear wind tunnel in North Carolina to see if it meets the LMDh formula’s strict aerodynamic guidelines. Inspectors will then fully disassemble the cars at the nearby NASCAR R&D Center to ensure compliance with homologation documentation previously submitted.


 

“Certainly, IMSA and the ACO’s target is to have cars as much in the final specification as possible for the upcoming Dec. 6-7 test at Daytona,” Kurdock said. “I’m sure the development has been very taxing for all involved, our suppliers, manufacturers and constructors.


 

“We want the opportunity to have the cars in their final form before we enter the Roar,” he continued. “It not only allows us to work on our scrutineering processes with tech inspection, but also make sure that all our electronic systems are compatible with the electronics that each of the manufacturers is running, as well as the spec hybrid components that are in the car. There may be items that need to be finessed or looked at, and it’s better to do that in December versus facing that at the Roar, where we have very short turnaround time before the Rolex (race).”


 

Sharing Information Is Good ... to a Point


 

During the two years that the LMDh cars have been in development, manufacturers were encouraged to communicate with the sanctioning bodies in an effort to keep the homologation process moving smoothly. There was also an unprecedented level of information sharing among the manufacturers when Porsche handled initial testing of the common hybrid system components supplied by Xtrac, Bosch and Williams that will be used by all the manufacturers.


 

However, that spirit of cooperation quickly fades when it comes to homologation and final approval from IMSA and the ACO.


 

“Homologation, that gets quite a bit more ‘personal’ because you start to get into the intellectual property of the car and the details of what’s going on,” HPD’s Crawford said. “For homologation – even the schedule – if I were to go up to Cadillac and ask, ‘Are you one week away or six weeks away from getting a signature on your document?’ I wouldn’t expect an answer.


 

“It’s our top priority in the company right now to get this wrapped up,” he added. “We’re all pulling our weight on it and cooperating, and between HPD and (chassis constructor) ORECA, I would say homologation is being worked on 24 hours a day. It’s feverishly moving toward the next step, and we’ll be ready for it. Definitely, by the December test, we expect to have clarity on the homologation. I’d be really disappointed if we don’t have a signed document.”

 


 

 

American Iron or Ironman Triathlon: Corvette Driver Taylor is Fast Either Way

Four-time IMSA Champion Completed First Ironman Triathlon Last Weekend


 

November 10, 2022

By Holly Cain

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Taylor concedes his big toes are blistered and the muscles in his legs are still so sore it’s painful for him to walk and especially, to take the stairs. But his heart is full and there’s a big smile on his face.

 

Turns out the Corvette Racing driver is also fast without wheels.

 

The popular IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitor completed his first ever Ironman Florida competition over the weekend in Panama City, Florida – the culmination of a massive goal he has been working toward since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

While others took a break from the hustle and bustle during that time, the four-time IMSA champion stepped up – and stepped out of his comfort zone. With a strenuous years-long training regimen topped with an impressive debut in the Ironman race, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride followed by a 26.2-mile marathon run.  

Taylor finished in 10 hours, 20 minutes, 33 seconds – actually bettering his own expectations and target time. 

 

“It’s kind of like preparing for the Rolex 24, but preparing my body not the car,’’ Taylor said. “It was a really cool experience.”

 

Taylor was especially satisfied to beat his personal goal in the marathon run – the final portion of the race – by more than 20 minutes; finishing strong with a 3-hour, 42-minute time over the 26 miles. And he credits his “team” of supporters and coaches for their work, especially in that final portion of the competition. 

 

It was a hot day by marathon standards – 80 degrees outside – and the heat began to take its toll about a third of the way through the run. Taylor said he started getting chills – and other symptoms of a possible heat stroke - around mile 11.

 

But his older brother, fellow multi-time IMSA champion Ricky Taylor, was alongside the course for support and motivation - and he essentially helped talk Jordan through the most taxing portions of the run.

It was a fitting scenario since Ricky and their mutual friend Mark Jensen comprised the group that initially floated the idea of prepping for an Ironman during the COVID downtime.

 

“We kind of all started training together during COVID and it was a good motivator to keep fit during the lockdown time,’’ Taylor said. “And then I’ve just kind of fallen in love with the sport. I enjoy following the professional [Ironman] races now and some of the pro athletes.’’

 

Taylor took preparation for the race very seriously – as you would expect for someone who takes racing very seriously. He trained through COVID and later continued the strict regimen even during race weekends with long bike rides and runs at the WeatherTech Championship circuits and the surrounding areas on practice days.

 

“You think about it and you’re working so hard for one day,’’ Taylor said. “One little hiccup could upset things. Fortunately, everything went well and I was able to check off all the boxes.”

 

So, after years of planning and preparation, would he ever do this again?

 

“I think I will,’’ Taylor says, with a laugh. “It takes commitment and sacrifices of time, but now I’m kind of hooked.

 

“I’m going to let my toes recover and have a good think about it anyway.’’

 


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Late Start, Fast Finish for Paul Miller Racing in 2022

Changing to BMW Delayed the Team Getting on Track This Season but the No. 1 Car Finished with a Flourish


 

November 8, 2022

By Godwin Kelly

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the most impressive rallies during the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season went practically unnoticed by the masses.

 

Paul Miller Racing, featuring drivers Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, started the campaign without a race car but by the end of the season had collected two GT Daytona (GTD) wins and the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup championship.

 

While a sixth-place finish in the overall GTD driver and team standings doesn’t often merit notice, had they been able to race in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season and finished ninth or better, PMR, Sellers and Snow would be wearing the crown as the season team and driver champions as well.

 

The team switched from Lamborghini, which it ran with great success from 2016-2021, to the new BMW M4 GT3 this season. There was just one problem: BMW had a flood of orders and did not have a car ready for PMR in time to compete in the Rolex 24.

 

PMR, which won the 2018 GTD championship and 2020 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup with Sellers and Snow, received the No. 1 BMW M4 GT3 in time to run the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts but was involved in an early on-track incident. But there was a silver lining to that story.

 

“We got driven off the road at Sebring and had some serious damage to our suspension with a LMP3 car that was spinning,” said team owner Paul Miller. “When that happened, the Sebring race became a test session for us because we had a two-hour stop to put the rear suspension back together. After we fixed it, we decided to just use the rest of the race as a test.”

 

That test proved invaluable. It provided the team a baseline to work from and allowed Sellers and Snow the chance to learn the nuances of the new BMW.

“It took a lot of effort for Madison and Bryan to figure out how to drive the thing because it is a completely different animal than the Lamborghini,” Miller said. “We could drive that car into a turn and jump on the brakes and go on. You can’t drive the BMW that way at all. The brakes are not that great, but that’s not the style, the car likes to really go fast. Madison and Bryan did a really good job adapting themselves to a completely different driving style.”

 

Now that the team has a year of experience with the BMW, Miller has a new appreciation of the product, which he says possesses the durability of a tank.

 

“The remarkable thing about the BMW was it was incredibly reliable,” he said. “BMW did a lot of reliability testing but no speed testing on this car. They really didn’t know how competitive the car would be. The car is just fabulous.

 

“We’ve been run into and sideswiped and banged into a number of times and we have cut down tires, but we’ve never knocked the toe out of the suspension or anything like that,” he added. “It’s really incredible. It has been a great car for us. The first year out to be able to win the Sprint Cup is just fantastic.”

 

The prospect of more success in the PMR camp has been cranked up for 2023, considering it started this season with no car, then scored wins at Long Beach and Lime Rock Park plus three additional podium finishes to take home the Sprint Cup. With PMR’s assistance, BMW also claimed the GTD season manufacturer’s title.

 

“Our expectations are high,” Miller said. “We are very optimistic about 2023. We think we have a real shot. We have done a lot of testing this year. The BMW is a fabulous car and it’s very sturdy. We are very excited about next season.”


Kelly Moss Steers to More Diverse Future with Female Driver Shootout

Sabre Cook Named to Race in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America in 2023, Team Co-Owner Victoria Thomas Spearheads the Effort


 

November 7, 2022

By Holly Cain

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Victoria Thomas is a seasoned professional in the racing world – co-owner of the renowned Kelly Moss Racing operation – and a major voice in the sport.

 

Even with her vast experience at racetracks and years of evaluating driver talent, Thomas came away amazed and impressed from the recent driver shootout and evaluation to select a fulltime female driver for the team’s 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands effort.

 

Three drivers turned laps at the Putnam Park road course in Indiana, endured high-stress physical evaluations and underwent off-track challenges from managing media to discussing technical aspects of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars with race engineers. All three women made strong cases for the unique chance at a full-season ride in the single-make series sanctioned by IMSA.

Following a difficult decision, Sabre Cook, 28, a Colorado native now living in Indianapolis, was selected to steer a Kelly Moss Porsche next season – marking one of the brightest opportunities of her career and perhaps representing a game-changer for the future of women in racing.

 

“When it came to making the final decision, Sabre has an incredible amount of experience,’’ Thomas said. “She is definitively an athlete. And with her engineering background, her ability to articulate what’s happening with the car and be able to understand what that means and how to read the data, we feel like it really gives us a leg up. 

 

“And with that, the enthusiasm with the announcement of Sabre is equaled by the enthusiasm that has been picked up by the awareness we’ve raised.’’

 

Cook, a national and international go-kart champion who stood on the podium competing in the W Series, is also an accomplished mechanical engineer who earned her degree at the acclaimed Colorado School of the Mines. She was selected to the prestigious Infiniti Engineering Academy in 2019, earning the chance to work in an engineering capacity for Infiniti in England. That led to a technical position at the Renault Formula One team before her “driver” instincts convinced her to accept a chance to compete fulltime in the W Series, the European open-wheel single-seater series for female drivers. It only reinforced her desire to be behind the wheel.

 

“Having the opportunity to run a full season in a series like Porsche Carrera Cup with a top team is an opportunity I’ve never had the blessing to do before,’’ Cook said. “To have such a great program for success is honestly everything I’ve been working towards for a while, and I’m really happy it’s all come together and I’m really excited to see what we can do together.’’

 

The funding for Cook’s 2023 season includes all 16 races, multiple tests, race entry fees, plus all the must-haves from tires and fuel to the Kelly Moss championship team of engineers and technical experts. 

 

Cook’s impressive credentials and ultimate dedication to the sport were genuinely representative of the talented trio of finalists. In fact, Thomas was so impressed by the work of drivers Loni Unser, 24, of Hailey, Idaho, and Sarah Montgomery, 28, of Lafayette, Louisiana, that she hopes there may be other opportunities with the team for at least one of them in the future.

 

Thomas said one of the things that impressed her most – beyond driving talent – was the way the trio genuinely supported one another despite the fact they were ultimately competing against each another.

“When one went on track, the others were like, ‘You’ve got this,’” Thomas said. “They truly believe that together they are stronger. It’s such a difference.”

 

It is certainly a big-time opportunity for the young drivers but, Thomas believes, also for the team. And the sport.

 

“We chose to invite women who have shown they can compete at the level necessary,’’ Thomas said. “We feel the Kelly Moss pedigree, with 35 national championships under our belt, truly gives the support necessary to break the barrier of the first female-owned-team, female-pro-driver championship in motorsports history.”

 

Among those who provided input was Lyn St. James, the two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner, 1990 class winner at the Twelve Hours of Sebring and 1992 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year. The Hall of Fame driver, one of the most accomplished women competitors in the sport and longtime proponent of equal opportunity, St. James said she was impressed with not only the women chosen for the evaluation, but the “chance” it represented.

 

“It’s a great opportunity – single-make, single-driver series and very competitive – so I think it’s a great platform for a driver to show their talent and get a lot of good seat time against a lot of good competition,’’ St. James said. “It’s a great way to have a platform and get great experience and show what you’ve got.’’

 

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Katherine Legge, Porsche Carrera Cup driver Riley Dickinson and longtime motorsports journalist Jeremy Shaw helped with evaluations as well. For Thomas, the entire experience exceeded her expectations. And those are very high expectations.

 

Her big-picture hope is that this launches a new era in the sport, where women are viewed as more viable and valuable components of a race team.

 

“The most visible part of the team is the driver, so putting a really strong female driver in a seat is important,’’ Thomas said. “And I think we are uniquely qualified to give the technical support to do what it takes to help a woman achieve her goals. And the reason that’s so important is that it’s the most visible role. 

 

“My role this year is to sort of stand on the rooftops and shout that women should be supporting women. There’s been such an incredible response from the industry and the general population. Ultimately, the bigger goal is to just bring more women across the board to this sport so it’s supported by the fan base and sponsors.”

 

The true mark of success, Thomas concluded, will be when there are women commonly seen in all facets of racing.

 

“Ultimately,” she said, “what we want is for it not to be a story.’’


 

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After Solid 2022 Season, Vasser Sullivan Looking for ‘Kaizen’ in 2023

Japanese Term for ‘Always Improving’ Is Team’s Rallying Point after 3-Win Season


 

November 3, 2022

By David Phillips

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Vasser Sullivan Racing enjoyed a quietly strong 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign. Make that campaigns, as the team ran one Lexus RC F GT3 apiece in the GT Daytona (GTD) and the new GTD PRO classes, scoring a pair of wins and taking runner-up in the inaugural GTD PRO championship while notching another victory en route to eighth in the GTD rankings.

 

Although pleased with the team’s performance, team co-owner Jimmy Vasser is by no means satisfied.

 

“We finished second in the first season of GTD PRO and overall, we won three races in two classes,” Vasser said. “But in retrospect, we could have done way better. We shot ourselves in the foot at Sebring. We ran short of fuel and should’ve stopped for a splash of fuel, so we left a lot of points on the table there. Then we got caught out on minimum drive time at Watkins Glen in GTD, so we had a situation where a car that crashed out and finished the race on the trailer there wound up beating us in the championship. 

 

“There were a lot of things involved with the No. 12 car (GTD), so where we finished in the points is not an indication of what we deserved. But overall, I’m proud that we won a couple of GTD PRO races and another in GTD. We were competitive everywhere and finished second in the (GTD PRO) championship.”

One of the bright spots, make that two, came from the Vasser Sullivan Racing pit crews that captured the Michelin All Hands for the Win Award in both GTD PRO and GTD for spending the least amount of time on pit road throughout the course of the season.

 

“What I’m most proud of is our cars won the Michelin pit stop competition in both classes,” said Vasser. “The guys did a great job on stops. We knew we needed to up our game in that respect in 2022, and we did.”

 

On track, the season highlight came at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, where Jack Hawksworth, Ben Barnicoat and Kyle Kirkwood steered the No. 14 Lexus to the GTD PRO victory in the Motul Petit Le Mans. It marked the maiden IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup win for team and manufacturer.

 

“We got our first endurance race win at Petit Le Mans, which was fantastic,” Vasser says. “That was definitely a highlight; everybody was there from Plano (the North American headquarters for Lexus and Toyota in Texas), and Petit Le Mans is one of the crown jewels of the series.

 

“To win that race was fantastic. There’s a video where you can see ‘Sulli’ (team co-owner James Sullivan) going absolutely nuts. We’ve been through lots together, but hands down that was our best achievement.”

 

That said, Vasser is committed to achieving more in the coming season.

 

“Our drivers and crews did a fantastic job and going forward, in 2023 it’ll be business as usual,” he said. “The Japanese word is ‘kaizen’ – always improving. We’ve got our heads down building cars for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. We’re focused on extracting more speed from what we’ve got; we don’t seem to have that little bit of extra speed we need at the end of races.

“The car we’re using is the oldest homologation in GTD. Lexus has a new GT3 coming and it can’t get here fast enough, but we’ll be using the same car next year.”

 

Vasser Sullivan plans to reload for singleton efforts in GTD and GTD PRO in 2023, and while the driver lineups are yet to be named, Vasser hinted at a “new face” in one of the cars for the endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Michelin Raceway.

The team has no plans for a second car in either class in the coming season.

 

“We kicked around the idea of running an extra car in the endurance races,” Vasser admitted, “but we decided it’s best to stay focused on one car in each class. We don’t need the extra effort for a 24-hour race.”

 

In other words, look for 2023 to be business as usual for Vasser Sullivan Racing. One where the operative word remains “kaizen.”


Mastering GTP Technology Is Manufacturers’ Long-Term Goal

The Hybrid Platform Plays an Important Role in Future Production Plans


 

November 2, 2022

By Jeff Olson

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Recently, Porsche completed a 36-hour test of its 963 at Sebring International Raceway, surpassing its overall mark of 6,000 miles of on-track testing of the new car.

 

It isn’t alone. The other three manufacturers planning to enter the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season – Acura, BMW and Cadillac – also are well underway with on-track testing and computer simulations of the new hybrid-based LMDh car in the GTP class for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

 

The deadline approaches, but the work for all four manufacturers is organized and focused, the mood calm and resolute.

 

"(It) is an ongoing process,” said Thomas Laudenbach, Porsche’s vice president of motorsport. “We continue testing our car at different U.S. racetracks. We aim for a perfect preparation for the 2023 Daytona 24-hour race. That said, there is still a long way to go. Not everything is sorted yet.”

 

That’s true for all four manufacturers. The arduous task of assembling and testing a new car and new technology has multiple complications, the main one being a short time frame. 

When asked last month how many miles BMW had completed in on-track testing, Maurizio Leschiutta, project manager for the BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh, said simply, “I would say not enough.”

 

When asked his goals for testing, he was just as brief:

 

“Mileage and keeping the car off the walls,” Leschiutta said, noting a crash involving the BMW M Hybrid V8 in late September during a test at Watkins Glen International. “We experienced an accident … that put the team under stress.” 

 

Stress is something all four manufacturers understand, in part because – even if they’re accustomed to hybrid technology – this particular aspect of it is new to the engineers working to refine it.

 

“It’s such a level of integration that it’s probably beyond anything I’ve seen,” said Kelvin Fu, vice president of Honda Performance Development, which is working on the Acura ARX-06. “It’s pushing HPD, too, which is super exciting. From our point of view, it’s a lot of work to do.”

As testing continues, company executives have noticed an uptick in interest in their brands through the new technology and bold designs of the new cars. Cadillac, which announced in September that it plans an all-electric lineup of production cars by 2030, sees the hybrid racing technology as a suitable fit in its future production plans. 

 

“We’re bringing it to life in a pretty authentic way,” said Meagan Quinn, Cadillac’s product marketing manager. “We’re really bringing people behind the scenes into the development of the program and the car. From that standpoint, everything we’ve seen and heard has been really well received.”

 

Likewise, Porsche, which has been running hybrid systems in motorsports since 2010 – including the successful Porsche 919 hybrid that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – sees the importance of further honing the technology.

 

“The hybrid technology is not new to us, but very important,” Laudenbach said. “Porsche is using a triad of engine technology for the road cars in this important transition era in the automotive industry, with fully electric cars like the Taycan, different hybrid powertrains in our range and the internal combustion engines in our sports cars. We would like to showcase the whole triad in motorsports as well in Formula E, IMSA/WEC and GT racing."

 

The on-track element of preparing the car is just a fraction of the work that’s been done. Computer simulations – and not just the type involving drivers – are important steps in the process. All four manufacturers have logged hours on dynamometers, non-driver computer sims and live driver sims to get to the on-track point.

After the on-track work, the gaps are closed by further simulation. 

 

“Nothing prepares you for getting out on the track,” Fu said. “That’s where you really understand how it all goes together. That’s where the engineers find the gaps in their sim. Having the sim has massively accelerated what we can do, but now that we’re at the track, we’re finding out that some things weren’t quite what we expected them to be or that we have to fix things. This is where you close the loop and then fine-tune in simulation.”

 

And the clock is ticking. Less than three months remain before the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the annual test session before the season opens with the Rolex 24 on Jan. 28-29. 

 

“We’ve got a long mountain to climb before we’re ready for the 24,” Fu said. “The level of sophistication with these cars is incredibly unprecedented.”


 

 

Fill ‘er Up! Bumper Field Expected for 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Increased Interest Shown in Entering the Season Opener Exemplifies the Continuing Growth of the WeatherTech Championship 


 

November 1, 2022

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There are many ways to gauge the continued increase in level of interest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


 

An obvious example is the growth of the field for the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, which exceeded 60 cars in 2022 for the first time in eight years.


 

Entries for the 61st running of America’s classic 24-hour endurance race – set for January 28-29, 2023 – have been open since October 11, and early returns have IMSA officials optimistic that Daytona International Speedway’s pit lane, paddock and garages will be bursting at the seams with a full field of competitors again in January. In fact, based on early conversations, there’s a strong possibility that demand from teams will exceed the finite supply of space available.


 

With that in mind, series and track officials are working overtime to determine the maximum number of entries that can be safely accommodated for the race.


 

“It’s a nice problem to have, frankly,” IMSA President John Doonan said in assessing the boosted buzz surrounding the WeatherTech Championship, especially the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class that will debut at Daytona.


 

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of momentum for the sport – for IMSA and all the fans of IMSA – and I think 2023 is not going to be any different,” Doonan continued. “Even compared to a year ago at this time, we’ve had another lift in interest from competitors wanting to run the Rolex 24 and the WeatherTech Championship season as a whole. New cars aside, it’s a really special time for the sport.”


 

Make no mistake, the new class of cars Doonan refers to is the catalyst for the additional attention IMSA is drawing. The GTP field at Daytona is forecast to include at least eight – and potentially more – of the new hybrid-powered prototypes.

Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche are expected to field two factory-backed cars each in GTP at Daytona, with the possibility of an additional entry from one of those manufacturers.


 

In addition, brand new GT3-specification cars from Porsche and Ferrari, as well as a 2023 EVO2 update for the Lamborghini Huracán, are eligible to join the GTD and GTD PRO categories. That same trio of European marques fielded a combined total of 15 cars in the classes this year at the Rolex 24, and each has hinted at the possibility of increasing their numbers for January.


 

Doonan anticipates a robust entry across all five competing classes at Daytona.


 

“The good news is not one class can be singled out in terms of the momentum and the growth we’re seeing,” he said. “LMP2 has seen a lot of interest in the last couple seasons, in particular some teams that have traditionally competed in Europe are interested in coming to the North American market for corporate partnership reasons. LMP3, in a similar manner, has attracted an entry number that’s in sort of a sweet spot. You add up all of those, and that’s probably half of your Rolex grid, with the other 50 percent GT cars.


 

“The momentum around the GT classes is significant, and around the corner in 2024 comes a Ford Mustang program and the availability of a customer Corvette,” Doonan added. “We’re real pleased with how GTD PRO came off as a category in its first season, and I think you’ll see consistent numbers similar to what you saw in 2022 for that segment of the grid. So, we are in a very fortunate position of having this much interest.”


 

It all means there is likely to be minimal room to stretch out at Daytona, despite the fact that the speedway is one of the most expansive and modern racing facilities in the world.


 

If the size of the field needs to be capped, IMSA’s full-time teams and manufacturers from previous years will be given higher consideration for their entries, followed by new teams intending to field full-season efforts in the WeatherTech Championship. Among part-time entries, consideration will be given to those who have competed previously on a part-time basis – such as the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup or WeatherTech Sprint Cup – followed by new part-time entrants and historical IMSA event participants.


 

The unspoken message to all potential competitors is clear: Get your Rolex 24 entries in as soon as possible.


 

“You can’t create more square footage at a lot of our tracks, and one of the things we need to look at in the case of Daytona entries is the number of garages, the paddock space and, of course, pit lane,” Doonan said. “There are only so many boxes you can fit safely on pit lane. Last year, we had 61 cars, which was tight. With the new GTP cars, obviously there are some items that surround those cars and the hybrid technology that may require us to give them just a bit more space.


 

“Again, it’s a good problem to have.”


 

The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the three-day test session at Daytona from January 20-22. Rolex 24 at Daytona race week runs January 26-29.

 

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North Americans Race to 3 Wins, 2 Titles in Lamborghini Grand Finals

Nelson Piquet Jr. Claims the Pro Class Crown; Bryan Ortiz and Sebastian Carazo Take ProAm Championship on Tiebreaker


 

November 6, 2022

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

Grand Finals Pro/Pro Am Race 2 Results

 

Grand Finals Am/LB Cup Race 2 Results

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America drivers collected three class race wins and two championships Sunday in the final day of Grand Finals competition pitting North American and European competitors against each other at Portimao, Portugal.


 

Nelson Piquet won the Pro/ProAm race at Algarve International Circuit to secure the Pro class championship. Bryson Lew and John Dubets won the ProAm race but lost out on the class championship in a tiebreaker to Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) teammates Bryan Ortiz and Sebastian Carazo.


 

A third PPM duo, Nikko Reger and David Staab, were the overall and Am class winners in the Am/LB Cup Grand Finals race that preceded the Pro/ProAm race.


 

Piquet Jr., the former Formula One and Formula E driver, started from the pole position Sunday and dominated the 50-minute race in the No. 130 Ansa Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2. He held off a closing Danny Formal, who finished 1.226 seconds behind in the No. 101 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán. Formal and co-driver Kyle Marcelli are the 2022 North American series Pro champions.


 

Coupled with a second-place finish in Saturday’s race, Piquet clinched the 2022 Grand Finals Pro title.


 

“A bit unexpected, to be honest,” Piquet said. “We didn’t have the easiest season in America. When Alain (Nadal, team principal) gave me the call to come over here to Portugal, I said, ‘Look, if we’re going to do it, let’s do it the right way. Let’s test, bring some good engineers, get some tires and do it properly.’ Yeah, we did everything we had to do. We tested, we developed, we got better and better.


 

“We’re here, we won it,” Piquet added. “Thank you to Alain and the whole Ansa Motorsports team for giving me the opportunity. It’s amazing to be racing in incredible cars like these in an amazing championship and at amazing tracks. For sure, it’s a day that I won’t forget soon.”


 

Precision Performance Motorsports Duos Win ProAm Race, Championship

Lew and Dubets started fifth in ProAm in the No. 146 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán. But once Dubets climbed into the car for the final stint, he zoomed to the top of the class, winning by 10.502 seconds.


 

“I can’t say how much fun that was out there today,” Dubets said. “The car was hooked up; PPM gave us an absolute animal. Bryson put it up there in a good spot for me and, man, all I can say is it was awesome! Such a fun race.”

Lew and Dubets’ victory locked them in a tie with teammates Ortiz and Carazo for the Grand Finals ProAm championship, the latter duo winning on the tiebreaker for fastest lap turned in Sunday’s race. The difference? A mere 0.41 seconds for the No. 147 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán drivers who finished seventh in Sunday’s race. It’s the second straight Grand Finals ProAm crown for Ortiz, who shared it with Brandon Gdovic last year.


 

“It feels amazing,” Ortiz said. “I knew we had a good car; we just messed it up in the pit stop with the belts so we lost a lot of time. But Seb came in and did exactly what we needed. He passed as many cars in the class as he could and put us in a position to be tied (for the ProAm championship), and we won it. That’s an awesome, awesome feeling.”


 

Reger, Staab Find Redemption in Am Class Finale


 

Reger and Staab rebounded from the disappointment of a postrace penalty Saturday to win overall in the Am/LB Cup race Sunday. It allowed them to finish second in the Grand Finals Am class standings.

Reger started the race in the No. 148 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán and turned it over to Staab in the lead at the mandatory pit stop. Staab survived numerous challenges from Andrzej Lewandowski in the No. 60 VSR Huracán throughout the final stint, holding off Lewandowski by just 0.244 seconds at the checkered flag for the win.


 

“It was intense!” Staab said. “I just had to go back to the fundamentals that we’ve been working on, all the data that we’ve been watching, all the videos we reviewed. Just prepared to execute every corner out there and keep it in front.”


 

Reger and Staab finished second provisionally in Saturday’s Am/LB Cup race, which would have been enough to give them the Grand Finals class championship coupled with Sunday’s victory. But a postrace penalty for incident responsibility at the start of Saturday’s race dropped them to fourth place and left them three points shy of Lewandowski in the final standings. Reger and Staab used it as motivation for Sunday.


 

“David woke up this morning and just decided to (go for it),” Reger said of his teammate. “He drove an amazing race; this is the best drive he’s had all year. We really deserve the championship but we’ll take this win and we’ll go home winners because we knew we had it in the bank.”


 

Roberts Leads North American LB Cup Finishers, Stewart Just Misses Title


 

Fred Roberts, who won both Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America LB Cup races Friday at the track, was the top class finisher among the North American contingent in Sunday’s Grand Finals. Roberts drove the No. 189 NTE Sport, Lamborghini San Francisco Huracán to a second-place finish – capping a weekend to remember.


 

“I’m elated for many reasons,” Roberts said. “This is my third weekend in the car, and you know what? Put your head down, turn your laps. Head down, don’t get greedy, don’t get stupid, just do your thing. And if someone gets in your way, go around them the best way you can. That’s it. But most of all, have an awesome time, and I did.”


 

Slade Stewart, winner of Saturday’s LB Cup Grand Finals race in the No. 114 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán, finished fourth Sunday to wind up second in class points. Stewart attempted a last-lap pass for second place – which would’ve given him enough points to take the Grand Finals crown – but had contact with another car, suffered a punctured tire and was stranded on course.


 

The 2023 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season opens May 12-14 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

 


 

North American Teams Net 2 Wins in Super Trofeo Grand Finals Openers

Bryan Ortiz and Sebastian Carazo Win in Am Class; Slade Stewart Tops in LB Cup


 

November 5, 2022

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

Pro/ProAm Race 1 Results


 

Am/LB Cup Race 1 Results (*-prior to penalty assessed to No. 148)

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The first races of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Grand Finals at Portimao, Portugal, saw two North American teams claim class victories.


 

Sebastian Carazo and Bryan Ortiz won the ProAm portion of the Pro/ProAm race combining drivers and teams from the North American and European Super Trofeo series Saturday at Algarve International Circuit. In the race for Am and LB Cup competitors, Slade Stewart, who sewed up the North American series championship in LB Cup the day before, was the winner in his class.


 

Starting ninth in class and 21st overall in the No. 147 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2, Carazo and Ortiz methodically moved through the field in the 50-minute Pro/ProAm race. Ortiz passed Antonin Borga (No. 29 Rexal FFF Racing Team Huracán) for the class lead with less than three minutes remaining and pulled away to win by 4.060 seconds.


 

“Being able to win here in the Grand Finals was incredible,” Carazo said. “It was a really hectic start. I kept it mostly clean at the beginning but then Bryan got in the car and he was something else. He was so quick going through the field.”


 

Saturday’s win helped soothe the pain for Ortiz and Carazo from not winning the North American season championship on Friday. They finished seven points behind teammates Bryson Lew and John Dubets.


 

“It was really fun but it was tough,” Ortiz said of his charge to the front. “We were in the back so it was a matter of making every lap like a qualifying run. … I think with like two laps to go, we were able to pass the last one. I’m extremely happy that we were able to stand on top of the podium today. It’s awesome putting Puerto Rico on top, having great competitors not only from the U.S. but from Europe.”

Stewart’s LB Cup win came in the race stopped seven minutes before its scheduled finish due to a two-car crash that left debris strewn across the track. The No. 8 Rexal FFF Racing Team Huracán was leading in LB Cup when the red flag came out but was assessed a postrace penalty for speeding in pit lane and dropped to sixth in class. That gave the win to Stewart, who had started third in the No. 114 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán was in second when the race was halted.


 

So, a day after wrapping up the North American LB Cup championship, Stewart collected his fourth win of the season and took the class lead for the Grand Finals title.


 

“It was an awesome race,” he said. “I qualified P3 and got myself up to P2. Had a good fight going on in front of us, fun cars to play with. … We’re really, really excited to be where we are right now. It’s been a rough trip so we’ll take it.”


 

Nelson Piquet (No. 130 Ansa Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward Huracán), in second place, was the top North American finisher in the Pro class of the Pro/ProAm race. He finished 2.823 seconds behind the No. 61 Bonaldi Motorsport Huracán from the European series shared by Loris Spinelli and Max Weering. Spinelli drove in both the North American and European Super Trofeo series this year but elected to race in the European entry for the Grand Finals.


 

David Staab and Nikko Reger, co-drivers of the No. 148 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán initially were scored second in the Am class of the Am/LB Cup race, but a postrace penalty for avoidable contact on the opening lap dropped them off the podium. It moved Shehan Chandrasoma (No. 119 MCR racing, Lamborghini Austin Huracán) into second place, tops among the North American drivers. Alex Au (No. 120 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Las Vegas Huracán) inherited third place to give the North American contingent two podium finishers.


 

The Grand Finals wrap up with the second races on Sunday, at 8 a.m. ET for Am/LB Cup and 10:50 a.m. for Pro/ProAm. Both races stream live on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse YouTube page.

 

 

Battles Go Down to Last Race in Lamborghini Super Trofeo

ProAm, Am and LB Cup Titles Determined, with Grand Finals Still Ahead 


 

November 4, 2022

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

Race 1 Results / Race 2 Results

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While Loris Spinelli and Giano Taurino were speeding away to the Pro class and overall win Friday afternoon in the final race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season, the battles behind them decided championships in the three other classes.


 

When the checkered flag waved at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Bryson Lew and John Dubets (ProAm class), Shehan Chandrasoma (Am) and Slade Stewart (LB Cup) joined Danny Formal and Kyle Marcelli, who had previously clinched the Pro title, as 2022 champions.


 

The final two races of the 12-race North American season were conducted on the same day. Spinelli and Taurino, co-drivers of the No. 188 Taurino Racing by D Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach, Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2, actually crossed the finish line first in both races. Spinelli, however, was assessed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits in the first race, handing the Pro and overall win to Nelson Piquet Jr. in the No. 130 Ansa Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward Huracán.


 

Fired up with extra motivation for the second race, Spinelli took over the No. 188 Huracán from Taurino during the mandatory pit stop and kept the field at bay, winning by 5.512 seconds over Marcelli and Formal in the No. 101 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán.


 

“This morning we missed the victory,” Spinelli said. “I had a problem with the radio, so the communication was off, and I didn't hear that I was (exceeding) track limits so finished P2. But super happy to come back stronger. I was able to keep the pace until the end so really happy for that and how we enjoyed this podium.”


 

Added co-driver Taurino, “I think this race we were hungrier to be able to actually obtain the win and we did, which is amazing. I have to thank the team for all of the hard work. It’s been nonstop with them going through the car, changing a lot of stuff, but in the end, I think it was worth it.”


 

After finishing fourth in ProAm in the morning race, Dubets and Lew had to charge from behind in the second race to hold off Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) teammates Bryan Ortiz and Sebastian Carazo for the class win and championship. Dubets, in the No. 146 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán, passed Carazo, driving the No. 147 PPM Huracán, with just more than three minutes remaining and rolled on to the ProAm win. Dubets and Lew edged Carazo and Ortiz by just seven points in the final standings.


 

“I don’t think we can put this into words,” Dubets said. “Bryson and I came into this (season) not really knowing what to expect. We didn’t know anything about the series, the car, the competitors and we’re with a new team. Everything just felt like a good fit for us. The car worked well and together as a pairing we were able to make good results.


 

“It came down to the last race and to be officially crowned the champion means a lot to not only myself, but I think Bryson would say the same.”


 

In the Am class, Chandrasoma won the second race in the No. 119 MCR racing, Lamborghini Austin Huracán to secure the championship. He benefited from the misfortune of the No. 148 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán shared by David Staab and Nikko Reger. After winning the morning race to build an eight-point lead, Staab and Reger’s car suffered an alternator issue at the start of the afternoon race, forcing them to retire early. Chandrasoma wound up just four points better than Staab and Reger in the final Am standings.


 

“I was just looking to get a podium when I first started this season,” said Chandrasoma, the 19-year-old Super Trofeo rookie who totaled six wins, “and here I am winning the championship in the Am class. Definitely a crazy moment for me.”


 

Stewart figured his chances of holding onto the LB Cup lead were gone when he crashed the No. 114 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán in practice Thursday after spinning in fluid dropped by another car. A sixth-place finish in Friday’s first race trimmed his lead to three points but by finishing third in the second race, he held on by seven points over Charlie Martin and Jason Gagne-Keats (No. 154 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini San Francisco Huracán).


 

“I thought I was done (after the crash),” Stewart said. “I thought the weekend was over for me. My team pulled together and completely repaired that car to get me on the grid today. I can’t thank them enough … it's just been a hell of a season.”


 

Fred Roberts swept both LB Cup wins on Friday, taking the No. 189 NTE Sport, Lamborghini San Francisco Huracán to the top of the podium for the first time.


 

“Just Chapter 2 of the dream,” a giddy Roberts said after the second win. “We’re having a blast honestly; we're really blessed to be out here. It's kind of cool. It's great, it's fantastic!”


 

Lamborghini Super Trofeo competition continues through the weekend with the Grand Finals pitting the European and North American drivers against each other. Saturday’s schedule has the race for Am and LB Cup starting at 10:45 a.m. ET, with the Pro and ProAm race starting at 12:05 p.m. On Sunday, the AM/LB Cup race starts at 8 a.m., with the Pro/ProAm race at 10:50 a.m. All races stream live on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse YouTube page.

 

  FR Americas and F4 U.S 

www.framericas.com

 

 

Raoul Hyman Wins Thrilling Race 3 in Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (November 4, 2022) – Raoul Hyman won a thrilling Race 3 in Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) competition at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) for the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour. The drama began before cars even rolled out for their formation lap, as the clear skies from pre-grid turned to light showers on portions of the track as the formation laps began, and eventually turned to rain in the middle of the event. One car started the race on rain tires, while three others came down pit lane to make the switch from slicks, but it was Raoul Hyman who rebounded from a spin while working lap five to win the race.

“It was awesome,” said Hyman after climbing from the car. “I had my little little pirouette before the other guys pitted. After I spun, I realized that I was catching them on the second half of the lap, so I thought maybe we could overcut them. I thought the slicks were holding up pretty well, and then my engineer said we should stay out, as well. So, we made a decision as a team, and it was the right decision in the end. Holding on to it in the rain—that was a lot of fun out there. It was a nice way to end the season.”

Hyman (No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3) started the race from the pole, but a spin in Turn 11 while working lap five allowed the Mac Clark (No. 25 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F3) to inherit the lead. As the rain picked up just before Hyman’s spin, Clark and Dylan Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) ducked on to pit lane to make the switch to rain tires. Hyman once again took over the lead and worked himself up to a 13-second lead as the race neared the halfway point. By lap seven, the TJ Speed Motorsports teams were once again one-two-three as Jason Alder (No. 77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN Ligier JS F3) overtook Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders Ligier JS F3) for the second position. However, on the next lap, Alder spun and Persing went off track in Turn 11, bringing in a whole new mix of competitors. 

Oliver Westling (No. 2 Jensen Global Advisors Ligier JS F3) was the only car to start the race on Hankook’s rain tires. As the rain picked up, he was able to put himself in positions that other drivers couldn’t, as he dove to the inside to overtake second while Alder and Persing went off track. From there, Westling set his sights on Hyman and began chipping away at his lead at a rate of two to three seconds a lap. With the clock winding down, Westling ran out of time and had to settle for second. 

As they crossed the line, Hyman led Westling, followed by Ryan Yardley (No. 78 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3). 

After the race, Persing, who had been under the weather all weekend, was named the Omologato Perfectly Timed Move of the Race award winner, and was presented with a bespoke Omologato timepiece for a consistent performance throughout the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour event.  

A full rundown of the official results from Race 3 are available, here

FR Americas will kick off its 2023 season March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. For updates over the off-season, follow FR Americas on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Drivers wanting to learn more about FR Americas and how to get involved for the 2023 season should visit FRAmericas.com.

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship, Powered by Honda:

The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship & Formula Regional Americas Championship are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success.

 

 


 

2022 F4 U.S. Champion Lochie Hughes Caps Season with Win at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (November 4, 2022) – Lochie Hughes, the 2022 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) Drivers Point’s Champion, finished the championship weekend at Circuit of The Americas with a win in Race 3 of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour. With his championship confirmed late Saturday evening as the results of Races 1 and 2 went official, Hughes’ Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) team changed his car number this morning, and the Australian native pulled into victory lane on Hankook tires, driving the No. 1 JHDD / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4. 

“That was awesome,” said Hughes after climbing from his car. “We already wrapped up the championship, so I wasn’t worried about that; I was just focused on getting the win. It was tricky conditions. It had been raining all morning, but the track was a lot drier than I thought. We all went out on wets, but the track was dry. I did the best I could, and we pulled away from everyone. All thanks to the team for the great car, and what a great season. I can’t ask for more. [Winning the championship] means a lot. I didn’t race the last two years. I was stuck at home during COVID and didn’t have the budget to go racing. To win the championship is unbelievable.”

With rain showers throughout the morning, the race director declared Sunday’s Race 3 a “wet weather race,” so rain tires were mandated for the entire field. Starting from the pole, Hughes immediately took control of the race as soon as the lights went out, but an incident on the backstretch led to an early full-course yellow. A quick cleanup and clean restart allowed the race to remain green once it got restarted. After the restart, Hughes continued to pace the field, keeping Jacob Loomis (No. 24 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) in his rearview mirror. Meanwhile, Andre Castro (No. 8 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F4) had to fight back from the fifth position after falling back from his second-place starting spot. 

As the checkered flag waved, Hughes led Loomis, with Castro finishing third. 

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport teammates Gabriel Fonseca (No. 76 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) and Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) rounded out the top five, and helped Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport secure the 2022 Team Championship.

After the race, Artie Flores (No. 22 Gonella Racing / Flexi Ligier JS F4) was awarded a bespoke Omologato timepiece as the winner of the Omologato Perfectly Timed Move of the Race for a great weekend and a successful end to the season. 

A full run-down of the official results from Race 3 are available, here

F4 U.S. will kick off its 2023 season March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. For updates over the off-season, follow F4 U.S. on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Drivers wanting to learn more about F4 U.S. and how to get involved for the 2023 season should visit F4USChampionship.com.  

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship, Powered by Honda:

The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship & Formula Regional Americas Championship are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success.

 


 

Raoul Hyman Wins, Clinches FR Americas Championship in Race 1 at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (November 3, 2022) – Raoul Hyman opened the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour weekend with a win in Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) to clinch the 2022 Driver’s Points Championship. The race did not come without adversity for the driver of the No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3, as he lost the lead on the first lap and had to fight from behind for nearly the entire 30 minutes before finally taking the win. 

“I’m so grateful to be able to be here; winning the race was our target,” said Hyman in the winner’s circle. “We didn’t have new tires in that race, so we didn’t give ourselves the best opportunity to win. We were focused on the rest of the weekend, as well. To come away with the win and clinch the championship is the culmination of all the work and prayers for the last three years. I wasn’t racing two-and-a-half years ago. To be here now and have something in place for next year is such a blessing. Dylan [Tavella] did an amazing job. He positioned the car really well and was fast in the places he needed to be. Dylan’s extremely clean and it was a pleasure to race against him.”

Dylan Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) put up a solid fight, overtaking Hyman in Turn 12 on the opening lap and continuing to lead for the first 12 laps. It wasn’t until lap 13 when Hyman was finally able to catch Tavella in Turn 12 and pull side-by-side. After racing that way around the circuit for an entire lap, Hyman finally completed the pass as they came back through Turn 12 on their way to the white flag. Once again side-by-side exiting Turn 20, Tavella tried to put the power down to get traction out of the corner, but oversteered to spin just before the flag. With momentum on his side, Tavella rolled across the finish line, backwards, in the second position. 

Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders Ligier JS F3) was initially scored third, but a stewards decision for causing a collision resulted in a five-second penalty, which relegated him to sixth on the official results. Instead, Ryan Yardley (No. 78 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) officially finished third to secure his sixth podium of the year.

A full run-down of the official results from Race 1 are available, here.  

 

Jason Alder Returns to Victory Lane at COTA in Race 2 of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour Weekend

AUSTIN, Texas (November 3, 2022) – Jason Alder returned to victory lane at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) for the second year in a row with Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas). The victory in Race 2 of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour marked his third win of the season. 

“That was tricky, especially being on the older tires,” said Alder after climbing from the car. “The track’s getting warmer and it’s getting greasy. Keeping it on the racetrack was the name of the game, and I’m glad we were able to do exactly that—even with that restart in there. There were definitely challenges to overcome, but it was a good race.”

With the fastest lap in Race 1, Alder started from the pole position in his No. 77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN Ligier JS F3. His teammate, Raoul Hyman (No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3), started second, but quickly took over the lead. Alder settled in behind, but had an opportunity to regain the lead when a mechanical failure struck Hyman’s machine on lap five. 

The race restarted with just over 10 minutes to go, leaving Alder with one last restart to endure as Dylan Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) applied pressure. With Alder able to pull a gap, the battle soon became between Tavella and Nick Persing (No 29 OPI Commercial Builders Ligier JS F3). Running third, Persing was able to study Tavella’s braking zones and began plotting his attack. On the white flag lap, he went for it, overtaking the second position and sailing off toward the checkered flag. 

As they crossed the line, it was Alder in first, followed by Persing in second and Tavella in third. Ryan Yardley (No. 78 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) and Oliver Westling (No. 2 Jensen Global Advisors Ligier JS F3) rounded out the top five. 

With only four of 11 laps completed, Hyman was not classified in Race 2, marking only his second non-podium finish of the season. 

A full run-down of the official results from Race 2 are available, here

Tomorrow at 11:55 a.m. CT, the lights will go out for the final time of 2022, as FR Americas competes in Race 3 at the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour. Follow FR Americas on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates, or watch Race Monitor for live timing and scoring.  

 

Noah Ping, Lochie Hughes win Saturday's F4 U.S. Races at COTA; Hughes Locks In Championship

 

AUSTIN, Texas (November 3, 2022) – Noah Ping kept his Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) championship hopes alive with a last-lap pass for the win in Race 1 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). 

“I had a good teammate,” said Ping after climbing from the car. “He really won this race. Luckily, I’m back in this championship. I was told Lochie [Hughes] finished sixth, and he needed to finish fifth or worse in every race [to keep me in the battle]. We still have hope. I have a great teammate. He must’ve made a mistake; but still, he’s a great guy. I love ‘em. I want to thank Jacob Loomis and the Velocity Racing Development boys. Our cars are quick here. We’ll go race for Race 2 and Race 3, and see what happens. All we can do is do our best.”

Ping (No. 65 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) started Race 1 of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour weekend from the fourth position, but quickly set his sights forward. With his championship rivals all around him, the Buford, Ga. native first picked off Bryson Morris (No. 39 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) to take over the third position before they completed the second lap. By lap four, he passed Lochie Hughes (No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4) to overtake second. From there, he set out to chase down Loomis (No. 24 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4). Loomis, making his first F4 U.S. start since 2018, was clear sailing in front of the field after starting from the pole position, but a mistake in Turn 13 on the final lap allowed Ping to sneak by for the win. 

After the race, the F4 U.S. Driver’s Points Championship battle was provisionally down to just three contenders, as Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) was eliminated from contention. It appeared as though Ping would be 27 points back, with Hughes and Morris tied for the lead. 

However, a series of post-race stewards decisions had big impact, as Morris was ruled to have exceeded track limits and issued a five-second penalty. As a result, he was officially scored sixth and earned only eight points, giving Hughes the points lead. 

With the decision, Ethan Barker (No. 12 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) was moved into the third position on the official results. 

A full run-down of the official results from Race 1 are available, here

 

Lochie Hughes Fights Back in Championship Battle with a Win in Race 2 at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (November 3, 2022) – With the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) Driver’s Points Championship title on the line, Lochie Hughes (No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4) took the win in Race 2 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on Thursday afternoon. Fighting back from a sixth-place finish in Race 1, Hughes scored maximum points to enter the final race of the weekend in control of the standings.

“That was a pretty fun race,” said Hughes recounting the event. “We started p6, so we just chipped away at it one-by-one, trying to get to the front. I was surprised with the pace we had. We made a few changes on the car after Race 1 and they worked quite well. The car felt really well. We were able to just hit our marks and work our way forward. I caught up to Bryson [Morris] and passed him into Turn 1, and then led the rest of the race from there.”

Rolling off sixth, Hughes was on a mission from the drop of the green flag. Picking up two positions on the opening lap, Hughes moved into third by the completion of lap two and into second one lap later. All that was left in front of Hughes was championship rival Bryson Morris (No. 39 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4). Hughes caught Morris entering Turn 1 while working lap five, completed the pass and never looked back. 

Meanwhile, Noah Ping (No. 65 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4), the other driver still in contention for the championship, faced adversity in Race 2 despite starting from the pole position. As the field worked lap seven, Ping had dropped to the fifth position before contact sent him into a gravel trap. Unable to continue or complete 90% of the laps, his finish was not classified in the event.

The provisional results showed Hughes leading Morris to the checkered flag, followed by Andre Castro (No. 8 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F4). However, in a stewards decision after the race, it was determined that Morris crossed the blend line at pit exit to gain a position. A five-second penalty was assessed, which dropped Morris to seventh in the final running order. As a result, Castro moved up to second on the final results, and Alex Berg (No. 08 Penn Elcom / Lordco / Cedar Coast / Kirby Studios / L.A. Prep Ligier JS F4) finished third. 

The decision also affected the championship standings, as Morris dropped to 30 points behind Hughes, which locked Hughes in as the 2022 F4 U.S. Driver’s Points Champion. 

A full rundown of the official results from Race 2 are available, here

F4 U.S. will contest their final race of 2022 tomorrow morning with Race 3 of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour. Lights out is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. CT. For updates, follow F4 U.S. on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, or use Race Monitor to follow live timing and scoring.  

 

 

Austin Olds To Join Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School

Nomination from Will Power Kart Secures Invite for Indiana Native to Drive an F4 U.S. Car

Left to right: Will Power, Austin Olds and Chase Jones. Photo courtesy of Will Power Kart.

INDIANAPOLIS (November 23, 2022) – In just a few short weeks, some of the best karters from around the world will travel to Chandler, Ariz., for a joint venture between Radford Racing School and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.)—the Radford Racing School F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School. Designed to help drivers transition from karts to racecars, nominations are rolling in from the top karting programs around the world. The latest driver announced to the program is Austin Olds, a Terre Haute, Ind. native, who was nominated to the program by Will Power Kart.

“We’re delighted to have a driver from Will Power Kart included in the Radford Racing School F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School,” said Scott Goodyear. “It’s thrilling to see a champion like Will Power so involved in the grassroots level of motorsport, helping young drivers begin and build their careers. If Austin Olds caught the attention of Will Power, a two-time INDYCAR Series Champion, and Chase Jones, an accomplished racer in his own right, I am certain he will be an excellent addition to the program with Radford Racing School.”

"Karting is the purest form of motorsports,” said Will Power, the 2022 and 2014 INDYCAR Series Champion and owner of Will Power Kart. “To be able to tie the grassroots of racing into the higher level of motorsports is something I believe will benefit future drivers and motorsports as a whole. I am thankful to Scott Goodyear and F4 U.S. Championship for partnering with WPK to provide our drivers another avenue in motorsports."

Will Power Kart’s purpose is to offer a top-of-the-line chassis that serves as a stepping stone to help kids progress through the top levels of the motorsport ladder. Working in conjunction with Kart Republic, two unique chassis have been created to race under the Will Power name to take drivers through the junior and senior classes of karting.  

“This is an incredible opportunity for us at Will Power Kart,” said Chase Jones, part owner of Will Power Kart and MPG Motorsports. “Radford Racing School and F4 U.S. Championship have been great to work with throughout this process. We are pleased to be able to select one of our team’s junior drivers each year to attend the winter test. For me, growing into a bigger role in motorsports and developing drivers has been a blast and an honor. I look forward to seeing our drivers grow into the next step of motorsports."

A third-generation racer, Austin Olds has been karting for more than half his life. Since competing in his first race in August 2014, the Indiana native has steadily climbed the go-kart ranks, while turning the heads of some of the most influential people in the sport. 

"I am very thankful to the whole MPG Motorsports and Will Power Kart crew for providing me this incredible opportunity and experience,” said Austin Olds. “Without the belief in me from Chase Jones, Billy Vincent and Will Power, this would have never been possible. Thank you to Radford Racing School and the F4 U.S. Championship for putting together such a great program to give karters, like myself, an opportunity to experience the next step in motorsport. I cannot wait to see what we can do in the future!"

Scheduled for December 2-3, with an optional third lapping day on December 4, Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. program is designed to help scholarship winners transition from karts to racecars. Nominated by some of the world’s best karting programs, scholarship recipients will travel to Radford’s facility to participate in the program that utilizes the same combination that F4 U.S. uses in competition—a Ligier JS F4-16 chassis, a Honda 2.0-liter engine and Hankook tires. With ground school, skid control, lead-follow sessions, braking, shifting and handling drills, the program is uniquely designed to account for the fact that participants are some of the top karters in the world. 

Additional details about the school will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. 

 

Eli Warren and Logan Adams to Participate in Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School

Karters from New Castle Motorsports Park Named as Scholarship Recipients

Eli Warren (left) Logan Adams (right). Photo Courtesy of New Castle Motorsports Park..

INDIANAPOLIS (November 18, 2022) – In a joint venture between Radford Racing School and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.), two more scholarship recipients of Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School have been announced, as Eli Warren and Logan Adams have been selected by New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) to participate in the program.  

“We are thrilled to have Eli [Warren] and Logan [Adams] join us for Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School,” said Scott Goodyear. “New Castle Motorsports Park is one of the finest karting facilities in the country, with every major karting series visiting the track. Just like their facility, I’m certain the selected drivers will be top caliber.”

“On behalf of myself and NCMP manager, Mike Adams, I would like to sincerely thank Radford Racing School, F4 U.S., Tony Parella and Scott Goodyear for putting this opportunity together—and for including NCMP,” said NCMP owner and accomplished racer, Mark Dismore. “It is a great step for young drivers to be able to experience a real race car. Both drivers selected from NCMP are very excited and will no doubt showcase the amount of talent that NCMP has to offer.”

Located in New Castle, Ind., NCMP is home to the Kart Racers of America, a club kart racing organization with 14 races a year and events averaging over 200 entries. Owned by Mark Dismore, an INDYCAR race winner and the winner of IMSA’s 1993 24 Hours of Daytona, the facility hosts many National Karting touring events with groups like United States Pro Kart Series, SuperKarts! USA, World Karting Association National, Cup Karts Grand Nationals and Divisional Karting Championships, as well as local club races and special events every year. 

“Becoming a professional racer is a very hard task and having this opportunity is a very big step toward that,” said Eli Warren, a 14-year-old selected to the program. “I am thankful for everyone who has helped me get to this point, including New Castle Motorsports Park for choosing me to represent them, and to F4 U.S. and Radford Racing School for this program.”

“I am very honored to receive this nomination,” said Logan Adams, who has been karting for more than half a decade. “I have hoped to end up in an open wheel car since I began racing. I am looking forward to representing New Castle Motorsports Park to the best of my ability. I would like to thank Mark Dismore, Parella Motorsports Holdings and Radford Racing School for this amazing opportunity.”

Scheduled for December 2-3, with an optional third lapping day on December 4, Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. program is designed to help scholarship winners transition from karts to racecars. Nominated by some of the world’s best karting programs, scholarship recipients will travel to Radford’s facility in Chandler, Ariz., to participate in the program that utilizes the same combination that F4 U.S. uses in competition—a Ligier JS F4-16 chassis, a Honda 2.0-liter engine and Hankook tires. With ground school, skid control, lead-follow sessions, braking, shifting and handling drills, the program is uniquely designed to account for the fact that participants are some of the top karters in the world. 

Additional details about the school, including more scholarship recipients, will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. 

 

 

Patrick Woods-Toth Named to Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School

Three-time Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Champion Given Opportunity to Drive F4 U.S. Car

Woods-Toth with Lynda Fellows. Photo Courtesy of Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship.

INDIANAPOLIS (November 11, 2022) – Scholarship recipients are being announced for the upcoming joint venture between Radford Racing School and the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) to help transition young drivers from go-karts to racecars. Patrick Woods-Toth is the first driver to be announced to the Radford Racing School F4 U.S. Scholarship Award School through a nomination from the Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship. 

“We’re excited to have Patrick attend the F4 U.S. Scholarship Award school with Radford Racing School,” said Scott Goodyear, F4 U.S. Race Director. “I’ve known Ron [Fellows] for a long time and have watched the quality drivers that come out of the Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship program—I’m certain Patrick will be no different.”

“The Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship is thrilled to have one of its deserving kart drivers chosen to be included in the scholarship provided by Formula 4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda,” said Ron Fellows. “Patrick Woods-Toth is a terrific talent and we’re excited to help provide him this three-day opportunity to drive an F4 car at the Radford Racing School.”

A 19-year-old from Montreal, Woods-Toth was the 2022 Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship Champion, the Motomaster Canadian Karting Championship Champion and the Canadian Open Champion. When he’s not on the track, Woods-Toth keeps busy with his studies in sciences at John Abbot College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in Quebec. 

“I am as excited as I am grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Woods-Toth. “A lot of hard work and dedication has come together preparing me for an opportunity like this one. I am so thankful to everyone who made this possible, and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”

Scheduled for December 2-3, Radford Racing School’s F4 U.S. program is designed to help scholarship winners transition from karts to racecars. Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship will also provide Woods-Toth with the optional third day of school, lapping day, on December 4. Nominated by some of the world’s best karting programs, scholarship recipients will travel to Radford’s facility in Chandler, Ariz., to participate in the program that utilizes the same combination that F4 U.S. uses in competition—a Ligier JS F4-16 chassis, a Honda 2.0-liter engine and Hankook tires. With ground school, skid control, lead-follow sessions, braking, shifting and handling drills, the program is uniquely designed to account for the fact that participants are some of the top karters in the world. 

Additional details about the school, including more scholarship recipients, will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

 

 

Raoul Hyman Crowned FR Americas 2022 Driver Champion 

TJ Speed Motorsports Earns Second-Consecutive Team Championship

Raoul Hyman with TJ Speed Motorsports Team Owner Tim Neff.

AUSTIN, Texas (November 8, 2022) – With the 2022 Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) season officially in the books, Raoul Hyman was crowned the champion on Friday evening at the year-end FR Americas’ Championship Awards Reception. TJ Speed Motorsports earned their second-consecutive team championship.

“It was an awesome year,” said Hyman of his championship season. “TJ Speed Motorsports supported me from the start. I’m grateful that we were able to sign with them and have this opportunity in the first place. It was two and a half years that I was out of a car; I didn’t even go to a track. To have the opportunity to come and race—knowing that the scholarship was at the end of the championship if I could do the job—was such a privilege. It’s been an awesome year. I’m grateful to be part of the championship and to come away with the scholarship, as well.” 

Hyman joined the 2022 FR Americas Championship after thinking his racing career may be over. Selected to the PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship program, Hyman, 26, joined TJ Speed Motorsports to drive the No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3 in what has been a storybook season. Drawing on his experience from the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, FIA F3 Championship, GP3 Series, Euroformula Open Championship, Toyota Racing Series, and as the 2018 FIA F3 Asian Champion, the Englishman was able to pick up right where he left off after hanging up his helmet nearly two and a half years prior. Throughout the course of the 18-race season, Hyman drove his Hankook tires to 16 podiums, including 11 wins, to earn the 2022 Driver Championship. 

Raoul Hyman celebrates at COTA.

In the battle for the Team Championship, it was TJ Speed Motorsports who went back-to-back after an impressive season with drivers Hyman, Jason Alder (No. 77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN Ligier JS F3) and Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders Ligier JS F3). With their first podium sweep in the final race of the weekend at Road America, it was clear the group had something special, and then they reinforced it the next time the lights went out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In 18 rounds this season, TJ Speed Motorsports has secured 14 wins, nine runner-up finishes and four third-place results. 

“One of the highlights of the year was being a part of the TJ Speed team,” Hyman added. “Everyone just really gets on well; it’s like an extended family. We worked together extremely well. The engineers were brilliant and all of the guys on the team, too—every single one of them works hard. You can see it every day; all of them pitch up and they’re ready to give their best. No one is slacking, they aren’t taking days off; it’s 100% all the time. You can see what it does in the results. There were a few weekends where TJ Speed won all the races and pole positions. They’ve been a cut above, I think. It’s almost sad to be at the end of the championship because we got along so well. I’m grateful to have had time here and to be able to come away with wins as well is an added bonus. It’s been amazing.”

TJ Speed Motorsports celebrates a team podium sweep at Road America, May 2022.

As the 2022 Driver Champion, Hyman has secured a 2023 Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division (HM-MS). Valued at up to $600,000, the scholarship covers a substantial portion of the cost to run a full season, as well as an engine supply to run with a Honda-powered team selected by HM-MS. As a Honda and HPD brand ambassador, Hyman will have the opportunity to participate in Honda-sponsored events such as tours of the Honda Museum at Motegi, Aoyama HQ and Honda Thanks Day. Additional prizes include a Bell Athlete contract, a carbon Bell helmet, a custom OMP Racing Suit, a bespoke Omologato timepiece, Haas F1 Team guest experience at the Miami Grand Prix, and an invitation to the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony at the conclusion of the season. Last, but not least, Hyman will be awarded 18 FIA Super License points—the most awarded in any North American developmental series.  

“It’s been a pleasure to have Raoul in our paddock this season,” said Scott Goodyear, Race Director for FR Americas. “His level of dedication, preparedness and focus both on and off the track was the reason for his success. He understands how hard a racing driver has to work both on and off the track to succeed in this business. I know this level of dedication will bring him success in the 2023 Super Formula Championship.”

The 2023 FR Americas season will kick off March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. Drivers wanting to learn more about FR Americas, including how to get involved for the 2023 season, should visit FRAmericas.com.

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. 

Lochie Hughes Crowned F4 U.S. 2022 Driver Champion 

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Earns Fourth Team Championship; Bryson Morris Most Improved Driver

2022 Driver Champion Lochie Hughes with his Jay Howard Driver Development team..

 

AUSTIN, Texas (November 8, 2022) – With the 2022 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) season officially complete, Lochie Hughes was crowned the Driver Champion with Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport awarded the Team Championship at the annual F4 U.S. Awards Reception on Friday night. Bryson Morris took home the Catherine Crawford Most Improved Driver Award. 

“It’s been incredible,” said Hughes of his season. “Winning a championship is what you dream of. We couldn’t have won it in any better style than winning the last two races, and that’s all thanks to the team. When I came over [to America] this season, I knew no one. The team welcomed me like family, and for us to win this championship—I can’t thank them enough. It’s been a great year.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with Lochie,” said Jay Howard, Owner of Jay Howard Driver Development. “I couldn’t ask any more from him. He was all-in. His parents aren’t here; he lives by himself. He’s dedicated and it shows every time he goes on track. I really appreciate all the hard work from the whole team this year; it really was a team effort. Lochie’s a well-deserved champion.”

Moving from his native Australia to America, Hughes was tagged by Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) to compete in the 2022 F4 U.S. season. After being out of the car for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hughes was announced as one of the JHDD drivers just days before 2022 season began. In his debut season racing in America, Hughes led the F4 U.S. field with six wins on Hankook tires, and tied championship rival Bryson Morris for the most podium finishes of the year with 10 podiums.

As the 2022 Driver’s Champion, Hughes has secured a scholarship to compete in the 2023 FR Americas season. Valued at $215,000, the prize package includes an engine lease from Honda Performance Development (HPD), a chassis lease from Ligier Automotive, tires from Hankook Motorsports for all official sessions, entry fees and a marketing package from Parella Motorsports Holdings, as well as $25,000 from HPD. Other prizes include a Bell Athlete contract, a carbon Bell helmet, a custom OMP Racing suit, a bespoke Omologato timepiece, Haas F1 Team guest experience at the Miami Grand Prix, and an invitation to the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony at the conclusion of the season. In addition, the Australian has earned 12 FIA Super License Points to assist in his journey on the Road to F1. 

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport took their fourth Team Championship this season. Averaging 5.5 F4 U.S. entries per race, and with two drivers in the championship hunt through the final event, it was no surprise to see the Dallas-based organization take the team honors. Their win, however, didn’t come without its challenges. In fact, they had to battle back from being ranked second at the season’s halfway point to take the title with their stable of drivers. Throughout the course of 2022, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport drivers have secured five wins, seven runner-up finishes and six third-place results, for a total of 18 podiums. The award was accepted by team co-owners Garry Orton, Teena Larsen and Gill Kaszuba.

"That was probably the toughest one to earn in the years that we've been doing this," said Orton at the banquet. "It went down to the last race, which is actually bloody good. It could have easily gone either way, so I'm proud of the team. Just a fantastic result."

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport F4 U.S. team.

“We have such deserving champions this season,” said Scott Goodyear, Race Director for F4 U.S. “The battle that our F4 U.S. competitors put on all season was nothing less than impressive. We had remarkable side-by-side racing, clean passing and a tight championship battle. I’m sure Lochie [Hughes] will be an excellent representative of the talent that F4 U.S. develops, and I look forward to seeing where he goes from here.” 

Bryson Morris was awarded with the Catherine Crawford Most Improved Driver Award. Selected by Ligier Automotive North America, Morris received not only a trophy, but also a $5,000 credit from Ligier. 

“It was definitely unexpected, but I’m happy to receive the Most Improved Driver Award,” Morris said at the conclusion of the evening. “Thank you to Ligier for selecting me. It was a good season; we were second at the end, so I’m happy for the recognition and to get whatever help is available.”

Bryson Morris (center) with Catherine Crawford and her husband Russ.

F4 U.S. will kick off its 2023 season March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. Drivers wanting to learn more about F4 U.S. and how to get involved for the 2023 season should visit F4USChampionship.com. 

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. 

 

 

 

Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour Event Preview: FR Americas and F4 U.S. Championship at COTA

Track Facts: 

Circuit: Circuit of The Americas

Length: 3.41 miles / 20-turn road course

Race Direction: Counter-Clockwise

Podium: FR Americas & F4 U.S. series trailer in the Main Paddock, near Media Center

FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda

Practice:                       Wednesday, November 2 at 1:50 p.m. CT

Qualifying:                   Wednesday, November 2 at 3:40 p.m. CT 

Feature Race 1:           Thursday, November 3 at 11:50 a.m. CT

Feature Race 2:           Thursday, November 3 at 4:15 p.m. CT

Feature Race 3:           Friday, November 4 at 11:55 a.m. CT

F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda

Practice:                       Wednesday, November 2 at 2:45 p.m. CT

Qualifying:                   Wednesday, November 2 at 4:20 p.m. CT

Feature Race 1:           Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. CT

Feature Race 2:           Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. CT

Feature Race 3:           Friday, November 4 at 9:15 a.m. CT

FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda

Driver Championship to Be Decided at COTA

It all comes down to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) to crown the 2022 Driver Champion in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas). With 15 of 18 rounds complete, two drivers remain in the hunt for the championship. Raoul Hyman (No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3) leads Dylan Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) by 70 points, and with only 75 points available throughout the weekend, Hyman could lock up the title as early as Race 1 on Thursday morning. It’s a tight battle on Hankook Tires for third place in the championship, with only 14 points separating Jason Alder (No. 77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN Ligier JS F3), Ryan Yardley (No. 78 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) and Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders Ligier JS F3), who currently rank third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The full Driver’s Points Championship standings are available here

Teams Battling for 2022 Title

The Team Championship battle is also narrowed down to two organizations with TJ Speed Motorsports looking to become back-to-back team champions, and Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport looking to earn their first FR Americas team championship after being three-time F4 U.S. Team Champions. With a 97-point lead, TJ Speed is favored to take the title, but with 129 points available throughout the course of the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour, anything is possible. The full 2022 Team Point Championship standings are available here.  

Winning History at COTA

One year after winning in his FR Americas series debut, Jason Alder returns to the track where it all happened—COTA. The 19-year-old from Cooksville, Md., is currently ranked third in the driver championship standings, and hopes to hold the position to receive 12 FIA Super License Points at the conclusion of the season. Drivers entered this weekend with previous FR Americas experience at COTA also include Dylan Tavella, Ryan Yardley, Nick Persing, Cooper Becklin (No. 91 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) and Kevin Janzen (No. 24 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3). In addition, Hayden Bowlsbey (No. 3 Save22 / Southern Linac LLC Ligier JS F3) and Mac Clark (No. 25 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F3) raced at COTA with F4 U.S. last season. Meanwhile, both Raoul Hyman and Oliver Westling (No. 2 Jensen Global Advisors Ligier JS F3) will compete at COTA for the first time in their careers this weekend. 

F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda

Championship Battle Down to Four Drivers 

Four drivers remain in contention for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) title as the series enters its final round of the 2022 season at COTA. Lochie Hughes (No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4) currently holds a seven-point lead over second-place Bryson Morris (No. 39 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4). With Hughes’ four wins and eight podiums versus Morris’ three wins and 10 podiums, the two have been close all season. Although a bit further back, Noah Ping (No. 65 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) and Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) remain in the championship hunt after their victories on Hankook Tires last month at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Ping is currently 44 points out of the lead, while Shehan is 57.5 points back, but anything can happen with 75 points available this weekend. A full list of the 2022 F4 U.S. Driver’s Points Championship standings is available, here.

Three Teams Compete for Team Championship Title

The team championship points battle is down to three organizations, as Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport leads the charge with Velocity Racing Development (VRD) just 46.5 points behind, and Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) trailing by 93 points in third. After winning the 2018, 2019 and 2020 team championship titles, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport is hoping to earn their fourth team championship trophy, while VRD is hoping to make it back-to-back titles after earning the team championship in 2021. If JHDD is able to pull off the upset, it would be their first team championship. With up to 129 points available at COTA, any of the three teams could take home the hardware. The full 2022 Team Point Championship standings are available here.

Welcome Back, DEForce

Finishing the season strong with an entry list comprised of 26 F4 U.S. drivers, fans may notice several new names on the starting grids this weekend. Some of those new names will be DEForce Racing and their trio of Texan drivers. After winning last year’s F4 U.S. Driver’s Championship, DEForce Racing will make their 2022 F4 U.S. debut this weekend. With three cars entered, the team is known for their strength and fast cars in F4 U.S. competition. In addition to last year’s championship with Noel Leon, DEForce also fielded the 2018 and 2019 driver’s vice champions with James Raven and Kiko Porto, respectively. Austinites Brady Golan (No. 16 MSR Houston / Valkyrie Ligier JS F4) and Kory Enders (No. 19 MSR Houston / Valkyrie Ligier JS F4), as well as Houstonian Maxwell Jamieson (No. 18 MSR Houston / Valkyrie Ligier JS F4), will race for the Angleton, Texas-based team this weekend.

New Drivers for Velocity Racing Development 

Immersed in the battle for the team championship, VRD will enter three drivers in the Mission Foods Austin SpeedTour to maximize their points-earning opportunities. With Noah Ping contending for the driver’s championship, he will be joined by new teammates Jacob Loomis (No. 24 VRD Ligier JS F4) and Ethan Barker (No. 12 VRD Ligier JS F4) for this weekend’s event at COTA. You have to look back to 2017 for the last time Loomis competed in an F4 U.S. race. With four podiums that season, the 22-year-old from Alpharetta, Ga., now spends most of his time working as a race engineer for VRD. This week, he will still provide the team with some engineering assistance, but his main focus will be on racing and securing points toward the team championship. Barker, a rookie, has competed in three F4 U.S. weekends in 2022, but all of those starts have been with his family-owned Barker Racing. This weekend, the Houston native will make his first start under the VRD banner.  

Seven Drivers Repping Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport at COTA

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport has consistently had one of the biggest footprints this season in the FR Americas and F4 U.S. paddocks; this weekend at COTA, they’ll field an even bigger contingency of cars than usual. With 11 entries overall, including seven entries in F4 U.S. competition, it will be Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport’s biggest effort of the year. In addition to their full-time F4 U.S. drivers, which include Bryson Morris, Ryan Shehan, Lucas Fecury (No. 55 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4), Gabriel Fonseca (No. 76 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) and Maddie Aust (No. 09 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4), the Dallas-based team will also have two series newcomers on their roster – Cole Kleck (No. 11 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) and Titus Sherlock (No. 31 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4).  

Future Star Racing Enters Maite Cáceres

Maite Cáceres will make the long trip from Spain to compete in the F4 U.S. season finale at COTA. Earlier this season, she was normally seen driving the No. 21, but this weekend she’s partnering with Future Star Racing to pilot the No. 88 ANCAP / Abitab Ligier JS F4. Cáceres, a Uruguay native, is currently in her first semester studying chemical engineering at University Ramon Llull in Barcelona. 

Texans Take On COTA

Nine drivers in this week’s field hail from the Lone Star State, including three from Austin’s greater-metropolitan area. Ryan Shehan, Brady Golan and Kory Enders will all have the privilege of racing in their hometown while at COTA.  Making his F4 U.S. debut this weekend, Cole Kleck will only need to travel about 80 miles north from his home in San Antonio to reach COTA. After a successful debut at VIR in the series’ previous round, Daniel Cará (No. 10 Tenuta Foppa / Ambrosi Wines Ligier JS F4) from The Woodlands, Texas, will get a chance to showcase his skills in his home state. Houston’s Ethan Barker and Maxwell Jamieson will have the chance to come back to COTA—Barker has several National Auto Sport Association Super Touring wins at COTA, whereas Jamieson raced on the circuit with F4 U.S. last year. In addition, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport teammates Maddie Aust (Mansfield, Texas) and Titus Sherlock (Prosper, Texas) will make the trip from their Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex suburbs to race at COTA. 

Photos by Gavin Baker Photography. Download full-size images, here.

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda: The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. 

 
 

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2022 Provisional Schedule

April 29-May 1 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Date TBD – Track TBD
June 23-26 – Watkins Glen International
August 5-7 – Road America
August 26-28 – VIRginia International Raceway
Date TBD – World Final, Track TBD

 

2022 SVRA/SpeedTour Schedule

 

1.     Auto Club-February 4-6

2.     Sebring-February 24-27

3.     Charlotte-March 17-20

4.     Road Atlanta-March 24- 27

5.     NOLA-April 8-10

6.     Laguna Seca-April 21-24

7.     Sonoma-April-28-May 1

8.     Road America-May 19-22

9.     Lime Rock-May 27-30

10. Ridge-June 10-12

11. Indianapolis Motor Speedway-June 16-19

12. Mid-Ohio-June 23-26

13. Portland-July 2-4

14. Watkins Glen-September 7-11

15. VIR-October 6-9

16. Utah Motorsport Campus-October 14-16

17. CoTA-November 3-6

 

2023 SPORTSCAR VINTAGE RACING ASSOCIATION PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE

Feb. 3-5         Auto Club Speedway (tentative)

Feb. 23-26     Sebring International Raceway
Mar. 3-5         Thunderhill Raceway Park
Mar. 9-12        NOLA Motorsports Park
Mar. 23-26     Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Apr. 27-30     Sonoma Raceway
May 4-7         WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
May 18-21     Road America
May 26-29     Lime Rock Park
June 9-11     Ridge Motorsports Park
June 15-18     Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 22-25    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 13-16     Portland International Raceway
July 28-30     New Jersey Motorsports Park
Aug. 18-20     Summit Point Motorsports Park
Sept. 1-3        Willow Springs Int'l Raceway
Sept. 6-10     Watkins Glen International
Sept. 22-24    World Wide Technology Raceway
Oct. 5-8         VIRginia International Raceway
Oct. 12-14     Chattanooga Motorcar Festival
Oct. 13-15     Utah Motorsports Campus
Nov. 2-5        Circuit of The Americas

 

 
 
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