ormula 4 burst onto the motorsports
stage in 2013, filling a gap between
karting and Formula 3 racing around the
world. The FIA’s goal was to introduce an
affordable stepping-stone for racers,
enabling them to climb an open-wheel
ladder to the professional ranks.
In 2015, it was announced SCCA Pro
Racing had partnered with the FIA to bring
the F4 Championship stateside. Soon,
Crawford Composites, Honda, Pirelli, and
other partners joined in, bringing a North
American series to reality in 2016.
Extensive testing was undertaken with
the chassis and Honda’s Civic Type-R-
based engine , and the series was set to
take the green. But, as with many new
racing series, there were stumbling
blocks, and the scheduled opening
weekend was delayed. However, when the
cars did hit Mid-Ohio on the first weekend
on, Cameron Das, winner of Round 6 at
Mid-Ohio in August, crushed the
competition. Yet his isn’t a traditional story.
“Racing was new to me as I didn’t grow
up karting,” says the 16-year-old Das, who
plans to compete in European Formula 3
in 2017. “But, I seemed to have a natural
ability to find speed as I had success in
racing school and at a few SCCA National
events within several different classes.”
With the ultimate goal of Formula 1
sparkling in his eye, Das was quickly
attracted to the Formula 4 U.S. series.
“F4 seemed the best fit, given my
experience level and aspirations to race in
F1 someday,” he says. “I saw the
championship as a great opportunity. F4
was the first full season of racing I’ve ever
taken part in. I hoped to be near the top
of the field, but being on the top step
seemed a bit optimistic for someone of
Cameron Das clinches the 2016 SCCA Pro Racing Formula 4 United
States Championship inaugural season with serious dominance.
WORDS Philip Royle
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84 WINTER 2016/17
“The win proved to me that
I was capable of competing
against guys with many
more years of experience”
(MAIN and ABOVE
LEFT) Once Cameron
Das unlocked the
secret of winning,
there was no
stopping him, with
nine out of the final
10 2016 F4 United
races falling to him.
of July, it became obvious the drivers and
teams who’d signed up were there to win.
From the get-go, Konrad Czaczyk was
the guy they were all chasing, taking
three wins in the opening triple-header.
“This [was] my first time competing in a
car, and my team and I couldn’t have asked
for a better start of the season,” Czaczyk
noted that weekend.
Unfortunately for the Polish-American
phenom, those would prove to be his only
wins of the season, with the next four races
won by four different drivers. But from then