Competitors in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will have the opportunity to increase their total cash prize earnings by $3,000 during the six-event 2017 season with the new JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award.
The F4 U.S. Championship competitor who passes the most cars during the three-race event weekend will now earn a $500 cash prize from industry leader JRi Shocks. One competitor during each event will be recognized in victory circle at the end of the weekend’s final race.
“With the addition of the JRi Shocks Hard Charger contingency prize we now have the opportunity to offer prize money to more competitors while showcasing their skills throughout the field,” said SCCA Pro Racing CEO and President Mike Collins. “The JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award allows a driver who maybe had a difficulty in qualifying, demonstrate his or her race craft skills by advancing positions throughout the course of the race. This award will allow us to highlight the competitor who demonstrated the best drive of the weekend.”
The ‘new-era of racing shocks’ company based in Mooresville, North Carolina, equipped each of the 17 F4 U.S. fielded cars with double adjustable open-wheel shocks during the Championship’s inaugural season. The 2017 F4 U.S. grid is expected to grow to more than 35 cars in 2017, all outfitted in JRi Shocks.
“We were honored to be a part of the inaugural season of the FIA-certified F4 United States Championship,” states Marty Flannery, JRi Shocks Open Wheel Market Manager. “After seeing the success of the series, there was no doubt that we wanted to be involved as a series sponsor where we, along with the great existing sponsors such as Onroak Automotive, Honda and Pirelli, can help develop talent both on and off the racetrack. We hope that this is the beginning of JRi Shocks being more involved with the SCCA Pro Racing family as a whole.”
JRi Shocks will also be on-location during F4 U.S. events for product demonstration and featured in competitors’ liveries.
The series second season will debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, April 8-9.