With an impressive rookie season that included eight wins and seven podiums under the Velocity Racing Development banner, Yeany locked up the season championship three rounds early, setting a new global FIA record as the youngest driver to win an F4 title. The major achievement earned Yeany a scholarship valued at $230,000 to advance to FR Americas in 2021. Locking up the championship early, Yeany will choose to sit out the final rounds of F4 competition. (Driver Standings)
“It was a great season in F4, but this is just the starting point of my racing career,” said Yeany. “I still have a long way to go before I reach my final goal of F1. Right now we are regrouping to focus on FR Americas in 2021.”
With Yeany shifting focus to 2021, 75 points are still up for grabs in the three-way battle for the Vice Championship between Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport teammates: Jose Blanco, Dylan Tavella and Spike Kohlbecker.
Blanco found his stride in the final stages of the season, achieving his most successful weekend of his F4 career at Homestead-Miami Speedway with two victories and a second-place finish. The showing was just enough to catapult the Puerto Rican pilot into second place heading into the finale, holding a narrow three-point lead over Tavella. But, Tavella maintains a more consistent record than that of his teammate’s, earning top-10 finishes in 13 of the 15 rounds.
With one win and four podium finishes so far this season, Kohlbecker is the top rookie campaigning for the Vice Championship. He trails Blanco by 33 points.
Rookie Cade McKee is the lone driver in the paddock piloting for a single-car effort. With two podium finishes for the season, the Iron Rock Motorsports driver has an outside chance of finishing in the top three for the season (109 points). But, as the only driver inside the top-five who hasn’t topped the podium, the Texas-native is looking for the victory that has illuded him all season to cap off his rookie season.
“I am very excited for this weekend, CoTA is an awesome track practically in my backyard,” said McKee. “When we started out this season our goal was to make every lap of every race, to race smart and clean. Now, with multiple podium results and fast pace, our expectations have changed, we are set for a win.”
Drivers like Erik Evans (VRD) could also play a major role in the championship chase. Building off his winning momentum from the most recent round at Homestead, Evans is the only driver not campaigning for a final championship position to have scored a win this season, and has the potential to slot into podium position, stealing valuable points from the top contenders.
“Coming out of Miami with the success we had there, I have been laser focused on finishing strong, being mentally and physically prepared for COTA,” expressed Evans. “To be a part of the success that VRD has had in 2020 is amazing. The goal this weekend is to earn as many points as possible to see how high I can finish in the series title chase.”
David Barringer and Viktor Andersson will get a jump on their 2021 seasons this weekend.
Successfully moving through the ranks of development driver to junior open wheel pilot in the DEForce Racing program, hometown driver Barringer will make his F4 U.S. debut this weekend in front of his family and friends on the legendary F1 circuit.
“I am very excited to make my debut in F4 U.S. with DEForce Racing at CoTA, my home racetrack,” said Barringer. “We’ve been working together all year and I am ready for this weekend.”
Andersson made his first appearance with F4 U.S. virtually during the KCR Simulators Esports F4 U.S. Championship when the regular 2020 season was shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Andersson finished second in the online competition, earning a set of Hankook Tires that he will utilize this weekend as he slides into a real-life Crosslink/Kiwi Ligier JS F4.
F4 U.S. kicks off its season finale on Friday with a pair of 30-minute practices. On Saturday the day opens at 8:00 a.m. with qualifying followed by Race 1 at 12:40 p.m. Central. The weekend culminates with Race 2 slated for 8:00 a.m. Central and the season finale at 12:40 p.m. Central. All races will be live streamed globally at FanRacing.Live.