Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course- Day 1 Track Report

Schedule of Friday’s Events (All Times Local)

Friday, June 29

7:00 am - F4 U.S. Registration Opens

7:00 am- F4 U.S. Pre-event Tech Opens

7:45 am – F4 U.S. Drivers Meeting Starts

8:00 am- F4 U.S. Pre-event Tech Closes

8:15 am-  F4 U.S. Drivers Meeting Ends

8:30 am- F4 U.S. Tech and Scales Open

9:05 am- F4 U.S. Practice Session 1 Starts

9:35 am- F4 U.S. Practice Session 1 Ends

10:00 am- F4 U.S. Tech and Scales Open

12:00 am- F4 U.S. Tech and Scales Closes

11:55 am- Lunch Starts

12:05- F3 Americas Demo Laps Start

12:30- F3 Americas Demo Laps End

12:55 am- Lunch Ends

2:10 pm - F4 U.S. Practice Session 2 Starts

2:40 pm- F4 U.S. Practice Session 2 Ends

3:00 pm- F4 U.S. Tech and Scales Open

3:00 pm- F4 U.S. Tire Marking at Series Trailer Starts

5:00 pm- F4 U.S. Tech and Scales Closes

5:00 pm- F4 U.S. Tire Marking at Series Trailer Ends

5:00 pm- Registration Closes       

5:00 pm- Track Walk Starts

6:00 pm- Track Walk Ends 

 

Entry List

Car #:

Driver:

Hometown:

Team:

Engine:

Sponsors:

4

Teddy Wilson

Holbeach, UK

Jay Howard Driver Development

Honda

Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One

Cure / Lucas Oil

5

Wyatt Brichacek

Johnstown, CO

Jay Howard Driver Development

Honda

Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One

Cure / Lucas Oil

6

Christian Rasmussen

Copenhagen, DK

Jay Howard Driver Development

Honda

Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One

Cure / Lucas Oil

7

Braden Eves

Gahanna, OH

Jay Howard Driver Development

Honda

Community Choice Financial / Addison Holdings / Cambox Meca

8

Angela Durazo

Los Angeles, CA

Global Racing Group

Honda

Setpoint Medical

9

Dakota Dickerson

San Diego, CA

DC Autosport w/Cape Motorsports

Honda

RoxBalden LLC  Stress Engineering Services

Inc

11

James Goughary

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

Honda

Primus Racing Parts

12

James Raven

Portsmouth, UK

DEForce Racing

Honda

 

14

Dylan Tavella

Massapequa, NY

Miller Vinatieri Motorsports

Honda

Diversified Private Wealth Advisor

15

Chandler Horton

Zionsville, IN

Alliance Racing

Honda

 

16

Kent Vaccaro

Plattsburgh, NY

Skip Barber momentum F4

Honda

Momentum Motorsports / Skip Barber

Racing

17

Vincent Khristov

Delray Beach, FL

Century Auto Racing

Honda

Counter Pressure Casting Machines

19

Blake Upton

Seattle, WA

Global Racing Group

Honda

 

21

Jacob Loomis

Corinth, TX

Abel Motorsports

Honda

Optima Anesthesia / Abel Motorsports

22

Jacob Abel

Louisville, KY

Abel Motorsports

Honda

 

24

Benjamin Pedersen

Copenhagen, DK

Global Racing Group

Honda

Dirtfish / Bell Helmets

26

Sam Paley

Cincinnati, OH

Group-A Racing

Honda

Sam Paley / Group-A Racing

28

Will Edwards

Greenwood, IN

Alliance Racing

Honda

 

30

Arthur Leist

Novo Hamburgo, BR

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

Honda

CIMED

31

Conrad Clark

Taupo, NZ

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

Honda

 

 

32

Jose Blanco

San Juan, PR

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

Honda

Art-Draft Authority, INC

33

Joshua Car

Sydney, AU

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

Honda

Wright Drilling & Exploration / Crosslink Powder Coating / LVP Powder & Paints

34

Austin Kaszuba

Burleson, TX

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

Honda

LESA / SRT Equipment Rental / GUNK / Liquid

Wrench

35

Chris Archinaco

Pittsburgh, PA

Century Auto Racing

Honda

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

40

Jack William Miller

Westfield, IN

Miller Vinatieri Motorsports

Honda

Diversived Private Wealth

51

Oliver Clarke

King’s Lynn, UK

Team Benik

Honda

 

57

Justin Gordon

Lake Worth, FL

Primus Racing

Honda

Vagabundus / Justin Gordon Racing

66

Parker Locke

San Antonio, TX

Global Racing Group

Honda

 

77

Matthew Cowley

Manchester, UK

Century Auto Racing

Honda

The Shaw Mind Foundation

91

Eduardo Barrichello

Sao Paulo, BR

DC Autosport w/Cape Motorsports

Honda

 

93

Cameron O’Connor

Jahannesburg, ZA

Group-A Racing

Honda

Repro Supplies

06

Jake French

Royse City, TX

Skip Barber Momentum F4

Honda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teams started arriving at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio around 7:00 a.m. Skies were clear and the temperature was 73 degrees with 79 percent humidity. 

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The driver’s meeting started promptly at 7:45 a.m. Competitors reviewed important track information including safe-haven locations, towing instructions, safety concerns and flags. The Code 40 flag will be implemented for the 2018 season. Similar to the yellow flag, the Code 40 flag signifies a safety vehicle on course with an extraction in progress, however, unlike the yellow, competitors are not allowed to close gaps and are limited to 40 miles per hour.

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The first practice session began at 9:05 a.m. and lasted 30 minutes. Twenty-nine of the 32 F4 U.S. competitors tested. Shortly after the session started, flaggers threw the new purple Code 40 flag after Cameron O’Connor of Johannesburg, New Zealand, and the No. 34 of Austin Kaszuba of Burleson, Texas, made incidental contact in Turn 11. O’Connor continued on his own power to the pits, however, Kaszuba needed extracted. Both drivers did not return for the duration of the session. Some teams used the opportunity to make adjustments to their cars, and others used the time to complete their required two-standing start practices. Jim Goughary of Jupiter, Florida, retired to the pits with mechanical issues after three laps.  Christian Rasmussen of Copenhagen, Denmark, finished the session with the fastest lap (1:27.039). Dakota Dickerson of San Diego and Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, finished second and third with only one hundredth of a second separating the pair. The top-eight laps were less than an eighth of a second apart.

         

Pos

No.

Name

Best Tm

Diff

In Lap

Hometown

Team

1

6

Christian Rasmussen

1:27.039

 

15

Copenhagen DNK

Jay Howard Driver Development

2

9

Dakota Dickerson

1:27.169

0.130

12

San Diego Calif.

DC Autosports w/ Cape Motorsports

3

7

Braden Eves

1:27.170

0.131

15

Gahanna Ohio

Jay Howard Driver Development

4

12

James Raven

1:27.674

0.635

13

Portsmouth GBR

DEForce Racing

5

24

Benjamin Pedersen

1:27.746

0.707

12

Copenhagen DNK

Global Racing Group

6

22

Jacob Abel

1:27.752

0.713

11

Louisville Ky.

Abel Motorsports

7

5

Wyatt Brichacek

1:27.755

0.716

14

Johnstown Colo.

Jay Howard Driver Development

8

33

Joshua Car

1:27.846

0.807

12

Sydney AUS

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

9

91

Eduardo Barrichello

1:28.087

1.048

13

Sao Paulo BRA

DC Autosports w/ Cape Motorsports

10

31

Conrad Clark

1:28.105

1.066

15

Taupo NZL

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

 

Full Results

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During lunch hour Andretti Autosport IndyCar rookie Zach Veach debuted the F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda car for a few demonstration laps. It was the first time the new car was on track in North America.

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Abel Motorsports driver Jacob Loomis of Corinth, Texas, hosted Morrow County Day Camp. Loomis toured the F4 U.S. paddock, provided an up close look of the F4 U.S. car and gave them pace car rides in the new Honda Civic Type R pace car.

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The second F4 U.S. testing session started after lunch at 2:00 p.m. Thirty drivers participated in the session. On the opening lap, Jose Blanco of San Juan, Puerto Rico, made contact with the tire wall in the Carousel. The damage to Blanco’s car was too extensive to finish the session. Jay Howard Motorsports Driver Development drivers turned the top fastest lap times, exchanging places for first several times, until Jacob Abel of Louisville, Kentucky, slid into third on the penultimate lap. Late in the session, Dylan Tavella of Massapequa, New York, hung up his white No. 14 car on the curbing after spinning. Missing the first practice session, Primus Racing Team drivers Justin Gordon of Lake Worth, Florida, and Goughary both finished the second practice round in the top-10. Teddy Wilson of Holbeach, England, clocked the fastest lap of the session (1:27.569). The top-16 drivers were separated by less than a second.

Pos

No.

Name

Best Tm

Diff

In Lap

Hometown

Team

1

4

Teddy Wilson

1:27.569

 

9

Holbeach GBR

Jay Howard Driver Developme

2

7

Braden Eves

1:27.803

0.234

9

Gahanna Ohio

Jay Howard Driver Developme

3

22

Jacob Abel

1:27.842

0.273

9

Louisville Ky.

Abel Motorsports

4

6

Christian Rasmussen

1:27.870

0.301

7

Copenhagen DNK

Jay Howard Driver Developme

5

24

Benjamin Pedersen

1:28.080

0.511

10

Copenhagen DNK

Global Racing Group

6

12

James Raven

1:28.141

0.572

8

Portsmouth GBR

DEForce Racing

7

57

Justin Gordon

1:28.145

0.576

9

Lake Worth Fla.

Primus Racing

8

34

Austin Kaszuba

1:28.147

0.578

10

Burleson Texas

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport

9

9

Dakota Dickerson

1:28.177

0.608

5

San Diego Calif.

DC Autosports w/ Cape Motor

10

11

James Goughary

1:28.288

0.719

7

Jupiter Fla.

Primus Racing

 

Full Results

 

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Quotes from Practice

James Goughary Jr, Primus Racing Team- It is so nice to be back behind the wheel of the F4 U.S. car. I am encouraged with our speed this afternoon, considering we missed most of the first practice this morning and the promoter test day yesterday.

Blake Upton, Global Racing Group- Practice today went well for me. I am working up to speed and continuing to learn the track with every lap. My times kept dropping and I’m finally starting to feel competitive. The crew has put together a great car, and I can’t thank them enough. I can’t wait for qualifying tomorrow.

Jacob Loomis, Abel Motorsports- It was tons of fun giving people an up-close perspective of what we do. The kids really enjoyed every moment of it, and I really did too. Hopefully, we helped change their lives today and gave them a reason to love racing.

Justin Gordon, Primus Racing Team- With all the preparation we’ve done coming into this weekend is really paying off.

 

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