INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda car will be on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Indianapolis 500 weekend.
Starting on Carb Day, the freshly wrapped, red, black and metallic blue No. 14 Jay Howard Motorsports Driver Development F4 U.S. Championship car will be on exhibit in the Honda Fan Zone, located in the Fan Midway inside IMS.
“Having my car displayed for hundreds of thousands of people to see is one of the most exciting feelings I’ve had in my racing career,” said Max Peichel, 15, pilot of the No. 14 F4 U.S. car. “One day I want to travel around the world racing, and F4 is the first step in fulfilling that dream.”
The Honda Fan Zone will include a variety of Honda and Acura street and racing vehicles, including Alexander Rossi’s IndyCar, the Red Bull GRC Civic, the all-new Acura NSX, Honda Motorcycles and Honda Performance Development-powered karts. Race fans can also partake in activities like experiencing high-speed racing in the Honda racing simulators, play virtual reality games or test their racing knowledge during Honda stage contests. The Honda Fan Zone will also host several guests like Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti, F4 U.S. team owner and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indy 500 driver Jay Howard, Oriol Servia and other Honda Racing personalities.
“The F4 car at Indy shows the depth and diversity of our open-wheel racing programs,” Honda Performance Development Commercial Motorsports manager Jeff Barrow said. “F4 is an affordable step into motorsports and what a perfect place to showcase that accessibility with other Honda-powered racecars at the center of speed during the Indy 500.”
HPD supplies all F4 U.S. Championship cars with Honda Civic Type R engines detuned to meet FIA-regulations. HPD offers teams like Jay Howard’s MDD the ability to lease engines with option to buy after the first year. The objective is to make the F4 U.S. Championship an attainable and affordable race series with the competitor and race team in mind.
Spectators attending race weekend can take pictures by the Jay Howard MDD F4 U.S. Championship car on Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and on race day starting at 6 a.m. For fans unable to attend the festivities, follow live updates on Twitter (@F4Championship) or Instagram (@F4USChampionship). Photos from each day will be available on F4USChampionship.com.
About the SCCA Pro Racing F4 U.S. Championship:
FIA F4 is designed as entry-level open-wheel racing for participants, around a contemporary, modern, cost conscious formula. SCCA Pro Racing and its chosen partners that embrace these ideals and support this vision with appropriate technology and products. The selected F4 powerplant is a production based engine currently powering the Honda Civic® Type R® recently launched in Europe, tuned to meet FIA-mandated output of approximately 160 Hp. The engine and the ECU are sealed to provide parity and compliance.
About SCCA Pro Racing:
SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. — a 65,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanctioning for numerous professional racing series such as the Pirelli World Challenge and Trans Am®.