It was a crazy weekend that started off with a bang announcing a new sponsor for Dakota Dickerson. And what a great way to take care of the sponsors than by giving Stress Engineering Services a “win”. Despite many trips to the podium so far this season, this was Dickerson’s first victory in Saturday’s Round 7 of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The young Californian was all smiles when he jumped on the top step of the podium. “We’re all very excited”, he said. The start and re-starts were critical to keep a gap between myself and the other drivers. It’s a shame we finished on yellow though as it would have been a great race. I hope whoever crashed in Turn 9 is okay.”
“I think if we’d had more green time, he added, it would have been a good battle between Christian (Rasmussen) and I. But, I’ll take the win, I’ll take the points. I also can’t thank my sponsors enough, RoxBalden LLC, Stress Engineering Services, and Sabelt. Without them I wouldn’t be here.”
On Sunday morning, Dickerson started on pole for Round 8, but after a fierce battle with the #6 car of Christian Rasmussen, he lost the lead to the Danish driver, and finished 2nd. Another podium and another great run with a well-prepared car by his DCAutosport team.
In Round 9, Dickerson drove another solid race. As soon as the green flag flew, he had a great start and went from second to first place. The San Diego native was on fire as he drove his #9 Honda machine around the 12-turn 2.25-mile track until Lap 5, when Christian Rasmussen took the lead from him. A few laps later, after a short full-course yellow, on the re-start, Dickerson was hit off track by a competitor and caused his #9 car to be airborne off track. Needless to say, Dakota went from 2nd to 5th. He managed to keep his position after another full course yellow and ended the race in 5th place. A disappointing way to end the weekend, however, the goal to collect more points was successfully achieved. And Championships are won on points.
“All in all, it was a good weekend for us, said Dickerson. We got our first win, scored some good points, and took over the championship lead. The end of the weekend was disappointing to say the least as we could’ve been on the podium but we will focus forward going into the next race weekend. The team and I have put a lot of effort to get where we are currently and we will continue to focus on what we can control to grab the championship.”
Be sure to join us for the next F4 U.S. Championship’s official race on August 2-5 2018 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Photo: Joseph Bierschbach – Red Case Photography