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US F4 grid grows, FDevelopment gets closer, rival USF Juniors tests

by Ida Wood

Photo: Road to Indy / Gavin Baker Photography

There has been lots of advancements in the Formula 4 landscape in the United States in the last month, the most recent being the first official test of USF Juniors.

The new championship is part of the Road to Indy and will use first-generation F4 chassis for its inaugural season. It ran its first test at Barber Motorsports Park this Tuesday (March 22), and DEForce Racing’s Mac Clark was fastest.

Sam Corry headed Velocity Racing Development team-mate Nikita Johnson by 0.047 seconds in session one, with 12 of the 16 entered cars moving a wheel. One driver who failed to run at all during the day was Jason Pribyl, who has signed with the new IGY6 Motorsports team that will also move into Formula Regional Americas with US F4 regular Hayden Bowlsbey. Pribyl, 16, raced in Formula Enterprise cars in 2021 and also has sportscars and F1600 experience.

Corry topped session two of the USF-J test too, 0.283s ahead of Johnston, while Clark moved to the top in session three with a 1m27.942s lap. Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Elliot Cox was in second place, putting him third overall for the test as a poorly contested final session ran at a slower pace with International Motorsport’s Alan Isambard setting the pace after Velocity’s Alessandro De Tullio had been on top for much of the running.

Slowest was DC Autosport and Cape Motorsports’ recently signed Earl Tucker IV.

US F4’s grid meanwhile has grown to 14 cars for the season opener. Velocity has signed YACademy Winter Series runner-up Noah Ping and 2020 US F4 racer Nicholas Rivers for round one, Future Star Racing will field Rivers’ fellow returnee David Burketh and Jay Howard Driver Development retains Joe Ostholthoff after his 2021 part-time campaign.

Gonella Racing has added Thai-American Carl Bennett and Tyke Durst to its line-up, Jensen Global Advisors has signed F4 Western Winter Series racers Oliver Westling and Jake Nelson, Brazilian karting graduate Lucas Fecury has joined Kiwi Motorsport after a year of testing in F4 and International Motorsport will run run Maite Caceres who comes from the non-FIA Uruguayan F4 championship.

US F4’s new feeder series Formula Development, which will use the same Crawford chassis and is aimed at 14-year-olds, has dropped its Lime Rock and Utah Motorsports Campus rounds in favour of turning test events at Mid-Ohio and Virginia International Raceway into points-scoring rounds and going to New Jersey Motorsports Park on July 29-31 so all of its weekends support US F4.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Mac Clark DEForce Racing 1m27.942s 44
2 Sam Corry Velocity Racing Development 1m28.026s +0.084s 25
3 Elliot Cox Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 1m28.223s +0.281s 57
4 Nikita Johnson Velocity Racing Development 1m28.309s +0.367s 18
5 Noah Ping Velocity Racing Development 1m28.472s +0.530s 24
6 Alessandro De Tullio Velocity Racing Development 1m28.514s +0.572s 42
7 Alan Isambard International Motorsport 1m28.634s +0.692s 62
8 Andre Castro International Motorsport 1m28.669s +0.727s 66
9 Nicholas d’Orlando DC Autosport w/ Cape 1m28.711s +0.769s 65
10 David Burketh Future Star Racing 1m28.719s +0.777s 71
11 Ethan Ho DC Autosport w/ Cape 1m29.011s +1.069s 71
12 Jake Bonilla DEForce Racing 1m29.115s +1.173s 39
13 Bianca Bustamente IGY6 Motorsports 1m29.363s +1.421s 51
14 Maxwell Jamieson DEForce Racing 1m29.458s +1.516s 69
15 Earl Tucker DC Autosport w/ Cape 1m30.903s +2.961s 21