Traveling the furthest North in its history, Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda made its official debut on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway for the Ryan Companies US presents the Jed Copham Tribute Weekend.
Nico Christodoulou was fastest in qualifying with a 1:30.338-second flyer in the No. 22 Velocity Racing Development machine, edging out fellow Canadian Mac Clark by 0.039-seconds for his first pole position start of the season.
The top five times were only separated by a mere.326-seconds, and the top 11 by 0.927-seconds.
"I am extremely happy with the result today," said Christodoulou. "The team did such a good job with the car and assisted with a strategy to secure myself to the top for qualifying. For now it’s full focus on the races to come!"
Driving the No. 26 Gonella Racing Ligier JS F4, Clark set his fastest lap of 1:30.377-seconds on his fourth circuit, topping championship leader Noel Leon's quickest time (1:30.468-seconds) set the lap before. Leon will head Row 2 for the opening F4 U.S. race at Brainerd with Jay Howard Driver Development pilot Bijoy Garg starting on the outside.
Series newcomer Bryson Morris, who was fastest in practice, rounded out the top five.
The stacked 25-car field will take the Green for Race 1 after the lunch break at 1:35pm Central followed by Race 2 at 3:50pm Central. The races will be live streamed on the SVRA App: https://bit.ly/36FhASz