“Formula 4 is the right thing to do for
young drivers, especially those that are
coming right from karting. It’s at a budget
level that they can afford, maybe even
less than what they are spending on
karts,” says SCCA Pro Racing president
Derrick Walker on the U.S. debut of the
open-wheel formula that’s already
proving a cost-effective and popular
entry-level series around the globe.
Walker, of course, is a veteran of
American open-wheel racing. He took the
helm of SCCA Pro Racing as its president
in the autumn of 2015, just after the
announcement that the FIA’s Formula 4
platform would be introduced into the
U.S. in 2016. Since then, he’s been tasked
with getting the series off the ground for
its American debut, June 10-12 at
New Jersey Motorsports Park, N.J.
The F4 United States Championship
certified by FIA, powered by Honda, as it’s
officially known, is the same platform that
the FIA launched in 2014 to offer young
racecar drivers around the world the
opportunity to take their first step from
karting into open-wheel car racing.
Presently, there are 11 championships
throughout Europe, Asia, Central America,
the Middle East and Oceana, in addition to
the new U.S. Championship.
Cost for a brand new F4 car is
$51,600, including the engine lease. Fill it
with fuel and you’re ready to go racing.
When you add in the operating cost of
Pirelli tires, spares, travel and other costs
The cost-effective, entry-level open-
wheel series that’s proving a global
hit makes its U.S. debut in 2016.
To learn more about the 2016 F4
United States Championship certified
by FIA, powered by Honda, including
how to get started and a team finder,
go to F4uschampionship.com
WORDS George Tamayo