INDIANAPOLIS - The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is adding another first for open-wheel fans with the reveal of the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda SCCA Pro Racing F4 car.
Starting on Friday during Miller Lite Carb Day, the freshly wrapped, black and yellow Momentum Motorsports F4 U.S. Championship car will be on display in the Honda Fan Zone, located in the Fan Midway inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Honda Fan Zone will include a variety of vehicles and activities for race fans. These include Honda and Acura street and racing vehicles featuring the Honda IndyCar Two-Seater, Graham Rahal’s 2015 IndyCar, the 2015 SCCA National Championship Civic and Honda Performance Development-powered racing karts. The Honda Fan Zone will also host several guests like Indy 500 winners Mario Andretti and Gil de Ferran, and Dale Coyne Racing team drivers Conor Daly, Gabby Chaves, Bryan Clauson and Pippa Mann.
“We’re excited to be part of such an important step in the development of young drivers,” said Jeff Barrow, Manager HPD Commercial Motorsports. “The F4 Honda engine will be the foundation for our future grassroots racing programs, and we’ve already seen how well it works during F4 tests.”
HPD supplied all the F4 U.S. Championship cars with FIA-certified Honda engines and offers teams like Momentum Motorsports the ability to lease engines for one 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.
“Honda and SCCA Pro Racing have offered Momentum Motorsports a fantastic opportunity to share the new F4 U.S. car with the public before its debut weekend,” team manager Phil Picard Jr said. “I can’t imagine a more perfect place to reveal the F4 U.S. car than the Indy 500. Hundreds of thousands of fans are coming together to celebrate the 100th running, and Momentum Motorsports and the F4 U.S. Championship get to be part of that. Honda and SCCA Pro Racing have seriously made my year.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is expecting more than 250,000 fans to attend the historic Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Spectators attending race weekend can take pictures by the Momentum Motorsports F4 U.S. Championship car on Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on race day starting at 6 a.m. For fans unable to attend the festivities, follow live updates on Twitter (@F4Championship, @MomentumMRacing) or view photos from each day on F4USChampionship.com.
Photo- Travel Wraps in Indianapolis worked hard to have the Momentum Motorsports car ready for 500 weekend. Pictures provided by Momentum Motorsports.