Konrad Czaczyk dominates F4 U.S. Championship debut weekend

Konrad Czaczyk
Konrad Czaczyk

Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida, dominated the inaugural race weekend of the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda, winning all three races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday and Sunday.

“We had a rough start to the weekend after placing fifth during qualifications Friday," Czaczyk said. “The weekend quickly improved by winning the entire race weekend, sitting on the pole and successfully completing my first standing start. This is my first time competing in a car, and my team and I couldn’t have asked for a better start of the season."

Czaczyk, driving the black 47 Leading Edge Grand Prix car, sat on the pole for the first time during race three, pacing a fast lap time of 1:26.463 during race two. Grid position for the second and third event of the weekend was decided by the fastest lap finished during the previous race.

Czaczyk quickly took a substantial lead over front-row contender Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, and never conceded his first-place position.

In the third race, with four minutes left in the 30-minute session, Austin Kaszuba of Burleson, Texas, lost a front wheel, causing him to go off course. In an unrelated incident, Kaszuba’s teammate, Michael Goodyear of Carmel, Indiana, had an unaided accident near Kaszuba causing double-yellows to be thrown and safety vehicles sent.

The green flag did not return for the duration of the race, and Czaczyk seized the top podium spot under double-yellow conditions, capturing his third win of the weekend. Kirkwood finished second for the third time during the event weekend with Raphael Forcier of Montreal rounding out third.

In the second race of the weekend Sunday morning, Darren Keane of Boca Raton, Florida, started on the pole after finishing 10th during the first race Friday. Though Keane finished 10th in standings, he captured the fastest lap of the race, which bolted him to the first row. Czaczyk completed the first grid row with Kirkwood and Cameron Das of Brooklandville, Maryland, capping off the second row.

Double-yellow flags were out before the first lap of race two was completed. Baltazar Lequizamon of Buenos Aries made contact with the wall and lost a wing. Lequizamon was towed from the track and did not return to the race.

After the safety car intervention, 17 minutes remained in the session before the grid went green. Czaczyk made his move on Keane to overtake first place at turn two and led the rest of the race after capitalizing on the single-file rolling restart. Czaczyk took first, Kirkwood was second and Keane fell to third.

The F4 U.S. Championship will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for its second event weekend on Aug. 12-13 during the Nationwide NASCAR weekend. Full results and photos from the inaugural F4 U.S. Championship weekend can be found at F4USChampionship.com.

Race 3 Results

Pos

Driver Name

Number

Hometown

Team

1

Konrad Czaczyk

47

Loxahatchee, FL

Leading Edge Grand Prix

2

Kyle Kirkwood

5

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

3

Raphael Forcier

62

Montreal, Quebec, CAN

Group-A Racing

4

Cameron Das

28

Brooklandville, MD

JDX

5

Benjamin Pedersen

24

Carmel, IN

Leading Edge Grand Prix

6

James Goughary Jr

11

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

7

Baltazar Lequizamon

1

Bueno Aries, Argentina

Momentum Motorsports

8

Blake Mount

7

Littleton, CO

JDX

9

Davis Durrett

10

Indianapolis, IN

Primus Racing

10

Moises de la Vara

12

San Antonio, TX

Leading Edge Grand Prix

11

Michael Goodyear

10

Copenhagen, Denmark

GMV Motorsports

12

Austin Kaszuba

34

Burleson, TX

GMV Motorsports

13

Steve Bamford

77

Bangor, ME

Bamford Racing

14

Darren Keane

25

Boca Raton, FL

JDX

Race 2 Results

Pos

Driver Name

Number

Hometown

Team

1

Konrad Czaczyk

47

Loxahatchee, FL

Leading Edge Grand Prix

2

Kyle Kirkwood

5

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

3

Darren Keane

25

Boca Raton, FL

JDX

4

Cameron Das

28

Brooklandville, MD

JDX

5

Raphael Forcier

62

Montreal, Quebec, CAN

Group-A Racing

6

Moises de la Vara

12

San Antonio, TX

Leading Edge Grand Prix

7

Austin Kaszuba

34

Burleson, TX

GMV Motorsports

8

Steve Bamford

77

Bangor, ME

Bamford Racing

9

Benjamin Pedersen

24

Carmel, IN

Leading Edge Grand Prix

10

James Goughary Jr

11

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

11

Davis Durrett

10

Indianapolis, IN

Primus Racing

12

Blake Mount

7

Littleton, CO

JDX

13

Michael Goodyear

10

Copenhagen, Denmark

GMV Motorsports

14

Baltazar Lequizamon

1

Bueno Aries, Argentina

Momentum Motorsports

Race 1 Results

Pos

Driver Name

Number

Hometown

Team

1

Konrad Czaczyk

47

Loxahatchee, FL

Leading Edge Grand Prix

2

Kyle Kirkwood

5

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

3

Cameron Das

28

Brooklandville, MD

JDX

4

Benjamin Pedersen

24

Carmel, IN

Leading Edge Grand Prix

5

Michael Goodyear

10

Copenhagen, Denmark

GMV Motorsports

6

Raphael Forcier

62

Montreal, Quebec, CAN

Group-A Racing

7

James Goughary Jr

11

Jupiter, FL

Primus Racing

8

Baltazar Lequizamon

1

Bueno Aries, Argentina

Momentum Motorsports

9

Austin Kaszuba

34

Burleson, TX

GMV Motorsports

10

Darren Keane

25

Boca Raton, FL

JDX

11

Steve Bamford

77

Bangor, ME

Bamford Racing

12

Blake Mount

7

Littleton, CO

JDX

13

Moises de la Vara

12

San Antonio, TX

Leading Edge Grand Prix

14

Davis Durrett

10

Indianapolis, IN

Primus Racing

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