Will DeLaRosa, 16, dominated the Formula Pro USA Western Championships Presented by Exclusive Racing F4 season opener last weekend at Thunderhill Raceway, winning both races from the pole position.
“Wow! What a great way to kick off the season, we met our goals for the weekend and we’re in a strong position, leading the championship going into the next rounds,” said DeLaRosa, of Pebble Beach, CA. “I learned so much and my team gave me an awesome car, each session Alex (Schutte, driver coach) gave me something to work on, and we were faster every time. Big thanks to my team and my partners for an amazing weekend.”
In addition to winning both races from the pole position, DeLaRosa set a new track record when he set the fastest lap in race one, he was also awarded the Hard Charger award, earning four additional championship points for the accomplishments. The Hard Charger award recognizes the driver who gained the most positions in the race. DeLaRosa finished eighth overall after he passed five cars from faster classes.
Driving for Margraf Racing in the #13 Del Monte Aviation/Ligier in his first full season of competition, DeLaRosa leads the series championship by 16 points. “We’re really impressed by Will’s speed, his technical astuteness and ability to immediately apply and adapt to changes to the car or track conditions. In addition, he did a nice job of managing his track position in traffic in both races with the Pro Mazda’s to strengthen his lead. It’s easy to forget he is just 16!” said Margraf Racing Team Owner, Bill Margraf.
The F4 championship consists of 12 events at world-class racetracks on the west coast. Each event is a double-header, featuring two 30-minute races. Rounds two and three were scheduled for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in two weeks-time but have been postponed due to the Covid 19 virus, “We send our best wishes to everyone in the racing community and beyond,” said DeLaRosa. “Obviously our priority needs to be to participate in isolation to help flatten the curve of this virus, but you can bet I will be spending my days working-out and iRacing! We will be 100% ready to continue the quest for the championship as soon as we are able!”
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