During the annual Sports Car Club of America National Convention in Las Vegas on Sat., Jan. 20, SCCA Formula F National Runoffs champion Matt Cowley of Manchester, England, confirmed his transition from club competitor to junior professional driver with SCCA Pro Racing’s Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The three-time national champion will campaign for his first international title under Century Auto Racing. The announcement comes just one week after Cowley completed a successful test with the newly-formed F4 U.S. three-car team at MSR Houston.
“I am really excited to join the F4 U.S grid with Century Auto Racing,” said Cowley. “The series offers great competition with consistently large grid sizes, and extremely close racing.”
While Century Auto Racing and Cowley are new to the F4 U.S field, their winning track record together began in 2017 with Formula Race Promotion’s F1600 Championship. Under Geoff Bushor, the owner and operator of Century Auto Racing and Team Pelfrey, Cowley claimed his first national title in the United States driving a Honda-powered F1600. The crescendo to his 2017 season with Bushor was during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earning a national title in his first Runoffs attempt.
“It is great to be able to continue my relationship with Geoff and his new Century Auto Racing team,” said Cowley. “Geoff and his team have developed a culture of winning and I’m honored to be part of their new venture into F4 U.S.”
Cowley was presented the President’s Cup at the SCCA National Convention Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony Saturday evening, joining a prestigious list of recipients like Roger Penske, Skip Barber and Bobby Rahal. First presented in 1954 by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the President’s Cup is awarded to the SCCA driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The winner is selected by the Stewards of the Meeting and the Chief Steward of the National Championship Runoffs.
Century Auto Racing still has two seats available for the 2018 season.