Formula 4

Group-A Racing Pass 27 Cars To End The Weekend with 4th

Lindenhurst, New York (April 18, 2017) – The season opener for the 2017 FIA F4 United States Championship powered by Honda came to a close this past weekend. While the weekend got off to a slow start, Group-A Racing capped it off with a hard charge fight to the front earning a 4th place finish.

The team entered one car for this weekend with Jonathan Scarallo getting behind the wheel despite having not been in a car to race for 5 years. That along with the last minute nature had the team starting off a bit behind, but had constant improvement in the incredibly competitive 33 car field.

Qualifying was interrupted with red flag stoppages only allowing the team to put a time in good enough for 19th, only 1.061 off pole in the very tight field.

“Qualifying certainly did not go to plan” said Jonathan Scarallo. “We made a change to the car which was good but unfortunately never really got to put in a lap with the stoppages and no draft help. I think we can move forward in the race though.”

Scarallo got a good jump from the standing start to move up a few spots before a full course yellow came out only a handful of laps into the race. Restarts proved to be a strength for Jonathan despite not having racing in the past 5 years. He gained 3 more spots on the initial restart before passing New Zealander Brandon Leitich for 11th. Unfortunately yet another full course yellow came out and the race would end under that safety car period.

Race 2 saw Group-A Racing’s Jonathan Scarallo starting 15th and he would yet again get a good jump off the line to gain a few spots before a full course yellow coming out on lap 3 just like in race 1. Jonathan got yet another great restart to jump up to 8th and chasing down the cars in front to then quickly move up to 6th. The next lap he would get caught in a 4 wide scenario, which wisdom prevailed in the long run to back out, but pushed him back to 9th. Unfortunately, the full course yellow came out right after this and the race never got restarted again and had to settle for 9th.

More changes and work were done to the car to improve for the final race which was needed, since Scarallo was starting 18th for the final race of the weekend. As he did in the previous two races, a good jump off the line saw him gain 4 spots on the start and avoiding an opening lap crash allowed the Group-A Racing driver to move up to 10th in the opening two laps before the full course yellow came out. Yet again Scarallo got past a car on the restart, moving him up to 9th and made a 3 wide pass a few laps later to move up to 6th. Scarallo made quick work to catch the top 5 cars but was running out of time. He passed Brandon Leitich for 5th with three laps to go and got around Cape Motorsports Mathias Soler-Obel on the final lap for 4th just coming up short to get Forcier as well for the final spot on the podium.

“All-in-all this weekend has been very good. Naturally the competitor has taken over inside of me and I want better results, but I’m pleased with how everything went this weekend. I was worried that my driving and race craft would be very rusty since I have not raced since 2011, but I got over that very quickly and everybody with the Group-A Racing team did a great job, making the car better for me every single race. Were all going to do our homework and come back stronger for the next one at Indianapolis.”

Group-A Racing will see 2016 F4 U.S Championship runner up Konrad Czaczyk join them for the races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) and Circuit of the Americas. Drivers interested in testing and racing with Group-A Racing in the other 2017 F4 events contact them via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com

Group-A Racing Commits to F4 United States Championship With 4 Cars

Lindenhurst, New York (October 1st, 2015) - This time last year Group-A Racing was making preparations to compete in the inaugural season of the Formula Lites Series. The Formula Lites cars are built by Crawford composites, powered by Honda engines, run on Pirelli tires and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Twelve months later Group-A Racing is pleased to announce the expansion of operations into the new F4 United States Championship. The F4 United States Championship is a new FIA sanctioned international series, with the cars built by Crawford Composites, powered by Honda engines, run on Pirelli tires and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing with the FIA affiliation. The series will serve as a starting point for drivers making the transition from karts to cars. It will also serve as a feeder series to the Formula Lites Series after drivers have competed in the F4 Championship and are ready to move up.

Group-A Racing has already purchased four cars from Crawford and will have some of the first cars coming out of the factory. The aggressive approach is to make sure the team can be ‘first in best dressed’ for the inaugural season. This same approach was used for them with Formula Lites in 2015, which allowed the team to have a lot of success winning races, including a 1-2 sweep at VIR.

F4 is a global concept created by the FIA being used around the world. All the series are spec series with carbon chassis cars, paddle shift, and engines making 160HP. The concept is brought in to make economical equipment and operating cost while still giving all the latest technology and safety to the drivers. The series will be the only junior category in the United States at the moment that a driver can earn points to one day achieve a FIA super license to race in the pinnacle of motorsports - Formula 1.

“Formula 4 is the perfect introduction class for our program as a team,” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “We are all about driver development and we have been missing a proper introductory series to transfer the drivers from karts to cars. Formula 4 gives the drivers all the tools they need, with modern state of the art cars and fantastic commercial partners such as Honda, Pirelli, Crawford, SCCA, FIA etc. On top of that, it’s an economical series to run in creating a lot of value for the drivers. It will be a great training platform for drivers to get their start in cars and then move up the ladder with us to Formula Lites.”

The team is already in deep negotiations with numerous drivers to fill the four seats they are offering. Interested drivers can contact the team via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com.