Puerto Rican Racer Jose Blanco Snags First F4 Win (Race Recap)
Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport pilot Jose Blanco survived two restarts in Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park to claim his first Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda win of the season. Blanco started off pole-position beside Nico Christodoulou (DEForce Racing) in Row 1 and was leading the pack of 31-F4 U.S. cars by the end of Lap 1. Working as a team, Jay Howard Driver Development rookies Bijoy Garg and Sam Paley swarmed Blanco in the opening laps, trying to throw the Puerto Rican pilot off his game, but, Blanco stayed cool under pressure. Paley, who started the race in fifth, advanced to second as Garg lost steam in the second half of the race. The Kentucky native fended off a challenging Spike Kohlbecker (Crosslink/Kiwi) to finish Race 2 on the podium in second, earning a pair of second-place finishes for the day. Dicing for position, Kohlbecker was stuck to Paley's gearbox the entire 30-minute session, but his efforts went unfruitful as the track switched to yellow and ended under caution before he could pass. This was the first podium of the season that didn't feature either Hunter Yeany (Velocity Racing Development) or Dylan Tavella (Crosslink/Kiwi). The pair still finished in points-scoring position with Tavella placing fourth and Yeany in sixth. Garg ended the day in fifth, his best result of the season. Nick Persing (JHDD), Nicholas Rivers (Group-A Racing), Cade McKee (Iron Rock Motorsports) and Varun Choksey (Crosslink/Kiwi) rounded out the top-10.
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