Cool Texas Temperatures Put F4 U.S. Drivers To The Test

Jacob Abel
Jacob Abel

Cold winds and unseasonably low temperatures challenged the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers during the morning portion of their first official series test day at MSR Houston in Angleton, Texas, on Saturday. The just-above-freezing morning temperatures were ideal for top-speeds from the Honda Civic Type R engine, however, it was less than ideal for tire grip.

“I’ve never driven the F4 car in this cold of weather. It was a battle keeping the car on the track this morning, but the more challenging the practice is, the better I become at handling tough situations during a race." said second-year driver Chris Archinaco of Pittsburgh. “MSR Houston is a very technical track, and conquering it with weather conditions like today makes me more confident that I will be able to obtain my season goals like consistently qualifying in the top-10, capturing a podium and earning points for my team."

Temperatures for the second half of the test day hit above 50, allowing the track to warm-up. As the tires started to grip the 2.38 mile, 17-turn technical track, the entire field beat their personal best lap times from the morning session.

“Today was my very first time in a car," said 14-time national karting champion Dakota Pesek of Louisville, Kentucky. “The F4 car is a big machine, but the fundamentals from karting really carried over which made the transition into the F4 car seamless. That’s not to say that it was easy. Today, I learned the importance of breaking areas on the track, where to slow down, how to hit all my marks smoothly and that the temperature impacts the way the car handles. I would like to thank the whole team from Abel Motorsports for giving me this opportunity."

MSR Houston marks the first of three official tests of the 2018 F4 U.S. season. Seventeen drivers, nine of whom are rookies, on seven teams participated Saturday with 18 drivers expected for Sunday. Teams return to testing on Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. CT. Fans are welcome to get a sneak peak of the cars in action at no cost. A schedule of on-track activities can be found at

MSR Houston Test Entry List





Jordan Dempsey

Mullingar, Ireland


Momentum Motorsports

Kent Vaccaro

Plattsburgh, New York


Momentum Motorsports

Wyatt Brichaek

Denver, Colorado


Jay Howard's Driver Development

Christian Rasmussen

Dragor, Denmark


Jay Howard's Driver Development

Teddy Wilson

Holbeach, England


Jay Howard's Driver Development

Braden Eves

Gahanna, Ohio


Jay Howard's Driver Development

Vincent Khristov

Delray Beach, Florida


Century Auto Racing

Chris Archinaco

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Century Auto Racing

Matt Cowley

Manchester, England


Century Auto Racing

Sam Paley

Cincinnati, Ohio


Group-A Racing

Dylan Tavella

Long Island, New York


Miller Vinatieri Motorsports

Jack William Miller

Westfield, Indiana


Miller Vinatieri Motorsports

Will Edwards

Greenwood, Indiana


Alliance Racing

Jacob Abel

Louisville, Kentucky


Abel Motorsports

Dakota Pesek

Louisville, Kentucky


Abel Motorsports

James Raven

Portsmouth, England


DEForce Racing

Kory Enders

Sugar Land, Texas


DEForce Racing

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