After a long winter working toward the 2018 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda opening weekend, Group-A Racing confirmed its first of three season-long drivers. In his F4 U.S. debut, Cameron O'Connor of Johannesburg, South Africa, will pilot the No. 93 Repro Supplies car in the iconic Group-A Racing red and yellow colors.
O’Connor got his first taste of the F4 U.S. Championship machinery, testing with the team in the off-season at its MSR Houston winter-base. He completed two successful trouble-free days, logging a lot of valuable miles and learning more with every lap completed.
“I immediately felt very comfortable and welcome with the whole team at Group A Racing," O'Conner said. "They made me feel confident that they will give me the best performance and support me 100 percent. I am grateful for my family for the sacrifice and tremendous effort they put in for me to follow my dream. I’m extremely excited and looking forward to my first race.“
The 15-year-old South African comes from a successful background of karts and F1600 in his home country. In 2015, O'Conner won the Maxterino National Karting title along with finishing second in the regional Junior Max class. In 2016, he went on to win both regional and national titles in Junior Max class, earning a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals. Most recently, O’Connor stepped up to cars in the South African F1600, where despite being the youngest series entrant was consistently on the podium.
“I am very happy to welcome Cameron to our team for full season effort this year” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “He has had a lot of success in South Africa, and this will be a new challenge for him to continue his development. He has had a lot thrown at him in short notice with all the extra technology we have in the F4 U.S. cars in comparison to what he is used to, but he has been a sponge throughout the whole thing. He is working hard, wants to learn, has a great attitude and we are looking forward to developing him this season."
The 2018 season debut for the F4 U.S. Championship is April 27-29 at Virginia International Raceway. Group-A Racing will continue to release more driver announcements leading up to opening weekend, along with training more drivers in their driver development program.