Leading Edge F4 will retain all of its personnel, its base in SW Florida and current driver programs in a quest to capture the 2016 FIA F4 United States Championship crown.
"It's with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation for Global GP today," stated John Lewis. "It has become apparent that my involvement with the team has hindered the team's growth and therefore, in order for the team to succeed I have decided that it's best for me to leave the operation. Mark Weida is and will be an excellent General Manager and I wish everybody on the new Leading Edge team the best."
"First off I need to thank Tony Gaples, Ray Sorenson and all the guys at BlackDog Speedshop. We had a great 3 year run in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship, winning 3 championships for BlackDog and Chevrolet. I'll be rooting for them in 2015 for four in a row. Next I'd like to thank John Lewis for this new and exciting program. I've enjoyed sports car racing, but my heart has always been in open wheel. To be reunited with Robbie Pecorari and a new group of young, talented drivers, in a new series is a great opportunity. I can't wait to get the season started."
Mark Weida began his professional racing career in July 1978. He has been a team owner, race engineer, chief mechanic, mechanic, truck driver and gopher.
Mark has worked for racing legends like Dan Gurney, Frank Arciero, John Menard and Dick Simon. Drivers Sarah Fisher, Robby Gordon, Robbie Buhl, Roberto Moreno, Robby Pecorari, Pedro Chaves, Airton Dare, Arie Luyendyk, Mike Groff, Fabrizio Barbazza, Felipe Giaffone, Vincenzo Sospiri, Wally Dallenbach Jr and for 2014 was race engineer for Lawson Aschenbach in the Pirelli World Challenge and was Chief Mechanic for Sage Karam in the 2014 Indy 500, finishing 9th.
Mark has race engineered 3 Indy Lights Championships (1986-Barbazza, 1989-Groff, 1992-Buhl) and 3 World Challenge GTS Championships (2013-2014 Aschenbach, 2015 Michael Cooper).
Mark was our Chief Engineer with rookie Robbie Pecorari in Indy Lights (2007) capturing the victory at Nashville SuperSpeedway.
In the 1997 Indy 500 as Chief Mechanic, Mark won the Snap-On Top Wrench Award and the prestigious Clint Brawner Award for Mechanical Excellence after having rookie Vincenzo Sospiri qualify on the front row next to Tony Stewart and Arie Luyendyk.
As well as winning 6 Championships, Mark was Race Engineer for Sarah Fisher when she became the first woman to win the pole position for an Indy Car Race. (Kentucky 2002)
Drivers interested in racing in the FIA F4 United States Championship should call 1-888-692-5216 or email us at LeadingEdgeF4@gmail.com. Please visit our website at LeadingEdgeGP.com