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Matt Christensen won his first race in Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) competition on Saturday afternoon in Race 1 at Road America.
After rolling off second in his No. 45 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4, Christensen initially fell in line behind Lochie Hughes in the No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4. Christensen kept the pressure on Hughes and was able to overtake the top spot before the completion of lap 1.
After a brief safety car period, the field was restacked to give another chance at the top spot. Christensen held the lead early, but a four-way battle ensued and it was Hughes who overtook the point position before completing lap 4.
As the laps ticked by, Christensen continued to apply the pressure on Hughes. It all came down to the last lap as the two raced side-by-side and Christensen ultimately made the pass on Hughes in Turn 13 to lead the field to the checkered flag.
“It was a really good fight with Lochie,” said Christensen as he climbed from the car. “I got him at the start in Turn 5 on lap 1, and then he passed me back. Then he pulled a little gap, then like he said he started to make mistakes and I just bounced him on the mistakes and caught him and then made that last lap pass.”
Alex Berg (No. 08 Doran-Kroll Competition Ligier JS F4) finished third, earning his second podium finish of the season, followed by Nicholas Rivers (No. 24 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) in fourth and Louka St-Jean (No. 98 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4) in fifth.
Full results are available here: F4 U.S. Official Results – Race 1 at Road America
F4 U.S. returns to the track tomorrow for Race 2 at 10:40 a.m. CT, followed by Race 3 at 4:20 p.m. CT. A live feed of the Road America Jumbotron is available on SpeedTour TV’s YouTube page at YouTube.com/SpeedTourTV, and will air both races on Sunday.
Raoul Hyman earned his second-career Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda win this afternoon at Road America. After leading practice and qualifying with his No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited / Solomon Capital Enterprises / Oaklands / Kinross Ligier JS F3, Hyman continued his weekend with a dominating performance in Race 1.
“It wasn’t easy; it definitely wasn’t easy,” said Hyman following the race. “I’m really happy to come away with a win. I can’t take any of the credit; the team has done an amazing job. The pace we’ve had all weekend—you can see it across all three cars—but I can’t do that if they don’t put in the work and do an amazing job in terms of the setup. A huge thanks to TJ Speed [Motorsports] and I hope we can keep going.”
The race got off to a rocky start as Nico Christodoulou (No. 22 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F3) stalled from the second position. With cars scrambling to the left and right, Hayden Bowlsbey (No. 3 Save22 / Southern Linac LLC / IGY6 Motorsports Ligier JS F3) made contact with Christodoulou to bring out the safety car.
The race returned to green on lap 3 with the field restacked. Hyman and Dylan Tavella (No. 14 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsports Ligier JS F3) took off, while Jason Alder (No. 77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN / TJ Speed Motorsports Ligier JS F3), Ryan Yardley (No. 78 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) and Mac Clark (No. 25 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F3) jockeyed for the third position. Clark pushed his Hankook Tires to the limit, ultimately leaving Yardley and Alder to battle it out.
At the checkered flag, Hyman led Tavella, Yardley, Alder and Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders / TJ Speed Motorsports Ligier JS F3) to the finish line.
Full results are available here: FR Americas Official Results – Race 1 at Road America
FR Americas returns to the track tomorrow for Race 2 at 9:05 a.m. CT, followed by Race 3 at 1:55 p.m. CT. A live feed of the Road America Jumbotron is available on SpeedTour TV’s YouTube page at YouTube.com/SpeedTourTV, and will air both races on Sunday.
Extreme E is delighted to have secured the inaugural Environmental Sustainbility Award at this year’s coveted Sport Industry Awards.
The Sport Industry Awards, which took place on Thursday 12 May 2022 at Evolution London, included nominees from the highest echelons of the global sports industry. The occasion celebrated the immense work carried out across the sector towards social change and producing campaigns with ingenious creative spark while delivering world-leading events.
As a sport that is built around social purpose, but with racing at its core, Extreme E utilises its platform to promote electrification, sustainability, and gender equality with the aim of driving real change.
The electric off-road racing Championship was crowned the first winners of Sport Industry’s Environmental Sustainability Award. New for 2022, this award recognises organisations that are delivering environmental benefits through sport.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “It is a tremendous honour to be the recipient of the first ever Environmental Sustainability Award. It gives real recognition to everyone who has helped to play a part in launching and delivering our pioneering series – it is great to see our visions from the very beginning become a reality. We cannot wait to go even further in raising awareness of the climate crisis and how to deliver environmental change.
“To be among such inspiring finalists demonstrated the level of hard work that Extreme E, our teams, and partners have all put into raising awareness of environmental issues, promoting sustainable solutions and gender equality, whilst delivering world class sporting entertainment.”
Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, added: “Receiving the Environmental Sustainability Award is a proud moment for our championship. We could not have achieved this without the support of our drivers, teams and partners so I must pay tribute to them upon receiving such an accolade.
“I am looking forward to Extreme E growing even further in the years to come as we continue to raise awareness across the world of the critical environmental issues facing our planet.”
The sport for purpose series was also shortlisted for prestigious honours in both the Cutting Edge and Sport Organisation of the Year awards, alongside industry leaders such as SailGP, the ECB, Sky Sports and Vodafone.
Racing in remote locations damaged by climate change or human interference, the Extreme E strives to maximise awareness around critical issues, whilst minimising the environmental impact. In February, the innovative series published its Season 1 Sustainabilty Report in conjunction with Official Innovation Partner EY, which outlines the details of the series’ journey to becoming net zero.
Building on the success of its inaugural season in 2021, Extreme E Season 2 ‘The Race for the Planet’ kicked off in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, on 19-20 February. Working with Aurora and other creative partners, Extreme E will continue to deliver a graphical storytelling concept that combines sport and scientific stories to highlight the planet's situation.
The upcoming double-header in Sardinia, Italy, this July will bring to viewers double the racing and ultimately, double the impact in Extreme E’s race to protect the planet.
To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
Following the announcement that 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not be running in the 147th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby issued the following statement:
“We applaud the Rich Strike team for putting the welfare of the horse first and choosing not to run in the 147th Preakness Stakes. Their decision to 'give him more recovery time and rest' is refreshing to see, and we have no doubt that Rich Strike will go down in the history books as one of the most famous American racehorses of all time."
"In addition, we were elated to learn the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission saw the blood test results of both Rich Strike, and the Kentucky Oaks winner came back clean, free from any illegal drugs, and that's a tremendous step in the right direction. We hope to see a safe and drug free Preakness in Baltimore."
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)