After rookies dominated the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda opening rounds at Virginia International Raceway, the series veterans rose to reclaim their ranks during the second event at Road Atlanta last month.
Global Racing Group veteran driver Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, claimed one win, a podium and a fourth place at Road Atlanta, knocking rookie and fellow Dane Christian Rasmussen from first down to fourth in standings. After collecting a pair of wins in his F4 U.S. debut event in Virginia, Rasmussen went scoreless at Road Atlanta.
“I’m super happy to be leading in points going into Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course,” said Pedersen. “I look forward to showing our speed again at such an iconic track. Regardless of being first in points, our preparation will not change, and I will continue to push hard.”
S Sophomore F4 U.S. driver Dakota Dickerson of San Diego maintained his second-place points’ standing, scoring two podiums and a top-5 finish. In six rounds, the DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports pilot finished on the podium five times, delivering the most consistent top results of any F4 U.S. driver on the grid. Dickerson now trails Pedersen by just six points. Pedersen and Dickerson are the only two F4 competitors to score points in all six rounds.
James Raven of Portsmouth, England, made a significant jump in the standings, moving from ninth to third. The DEForce Racing rookie’s first win was bookend by a pair of second-place finishes. Raven was the only competitor to achieve three podiums at Road Atlanta.
Jose Blanco of San Juan, Puerto Rico, also showed a tremendous amount of improvement from VIR to Road Atlanta. Blanco only scored nine points at VIR, but heads into Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with 59 points after celebrating his maiden win during the last round at Road Atlanta. Before Blanco’s weekend crescendo, he added a top-five and third place finish to the board. The Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport rookie rounds out the top-five in season rankings.
Joshua Car of Sydney, Australia, only added six points to his overall score, however, the drive to get those points won him the Sabelt Hard Charger Award. A DNF in Round 5 forced Car to start the final round in nearly last place. However, the setback didn’t hinder the rookie from making a remarkable comeback. With an amazing 19 overtakes, Car finished the race in seventh.
Justin Gordon of Lake Worth, Florida, Eduardo Barrichello of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Conrad Clark of Taupo, New Zealand, found speed at Road Atlanta’s technical 2.54 mile, 12-turn road course, recording their first points of the season.
Austin Kaszuba of Burleson, Texas, Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas, Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, and Jacob Abel of Louisville, Kentucky, also scored points at Road Atlanta.
At the end of the season, the top seven eligible drivers will be awarded FIA Super License Points to aid in their racing career advancement to Formula 1. The F4 U.S. Championship is one of the only junior racing series in the United States to offer its competitors Super License Points.
The F4 U.S. drivers return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Rounds 7-9 July 29-July 1. Fans can visit F4USChampionship.com for full team and driver standings.