Twenty-three drivers are registered this season in the American Formula 4 series, which begins this weekend in Louisiana. Alex Berg (pictured above), the son of former Canadian Formula 1 driver Allen Berg, will be one of two Canadians at the start, as he makes his series debut in a car entered by the stable of Quebecer François Doran, Doran-Kroll Competition.
“We are delighted to compete in F4 and Formula Regional in the United States and we are ready for the weekend,” explained François Doran. « While this is our first foray into this level of competition, we have set reasonable goals for the weekend and will look to develop them as the season progresses, » he added of his team’s debut. . As for Alex Berg, 15, he impressed in the Mazda series last year. Its primary purpose is to gain experience.
The second registered Canadian driver, Quebecer Louka St-Jean comes to the first event with higher ambitions, having been hired by the Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) team. Last year, the now 16-year-old Ville de Lorraine driver scored a pole position, a podium and also set a fastest lap. He was then playing as Justin Arseneau’s teammate in the newly created ICAR team (which is not back in the American series) and was in his rookie season in F4.
Quickly acclimating to single-seaters after having started in karting, St-Jean is entering this second season in the series convinced that the experienced American team JHDD has the tools and resources necessary to enable it to do even better than in 2021. « My first experience with Jay Howard Driver Development last week in testing was amazing, » said St-Jean. “Thanks to the team, we were able to achieve results far beyond our testing expectations. I am determined to win the first race of the season at NOLA,” he added.
Team owner, former IndyCar driver (2010 to 2018) Jay Howard, is also optimistic about the chances of seeing Louka St-Jean (portrait photo below) shine this season: « I couldn’t not be happier to see Louka join the team. I had the chance to work with him in a recent test and his pace was very good. We have high expectations from the season opener at NOLA and I’m sure he will deliver.”
The US F4 series kicks off the season this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. As always in this series, three races are on the program for the weekend. Road America (May 20-22), Mid-Ohio (June 24-26), New Jersey Motorsports Park (July 29-31), Virginia Raceway (October 7-9) and Circuit of the Americas in Austin (November 4-6 ) are the other events on the calendar for the 2022 season. For the complete list of participants, click here.
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