With Hunter Yeany making the move to the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda, Velocity Racing Development (VRD) would continue their podium performances adding a new name to the list of success within the program. Nick Persing joined Erik Evans on the podium in the second race of the weekend with three of four VRD drivers in the 2020 F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda reaching a podium result throughout the season.
Hunter Yeany turned some heads during the two practice sessions on Friday as he was quickly up to speed in the higher powered and higher downforce Ligier JSF3. Scoring the second fastest lap in the first session and topping the charts in sessions two, things were looking good for Yeany in his FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda debut.
Qualifying in the tenth position and advancing forward two spots to finish eighth in his first career FR event, Sunday would be a much better day for the 2020 F4 Champion. Rolling off the grid in P9 and falling to eleventh in the opening few laps, Yeany put on a spirited drive forward. Scoring the fifth fastest lap of the race and accompanying row three starting position for race three, the VRD driver battled to a solid sixth place result.
Consistently getting better with each passing session, Yeany started sixth and maintained the position for the majority of the race until the yellow flag would fly on lap eleven. Looking to take advantage on the restart, Yeany moved to fourth where he would finish just behind the top three series drivers in the 2020 season.
Coming to grips with the long Circuit of the Americas facility, Nick Persing and Erik Evans struggled in the first wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend. Unfazed by their eighth and ninth place finishes, the duo did what they do best and went to work with their VRD program. Pouring over data and reviewing video, the drivers made significant improvement on the final day of competition in 2020.
With Persing rolling off the grid in seventh and Evans in ninth, the duo marched their way through the field quickly throughout the eleven-lap round seventeen. Moving into the top-five and eventually the top-three, even a late race caution could not hinder their forward progress. With a two-lap sprint to the finish when the race went back green, Persing held on to the second position while Evans kept a host of hungry competitors at bay to put two VRD drivers on the podium.
Race three started well for the VRD duo as Persing slotted into the second position with Evan engulfed in a fierce battle in the top-five. Holding pace with the leader, Persing looked poised to take his second podium until he caught a little too much curb and spun his VRD entry around. Falling back outside the top-ten, Persing showed his speed advancing forward to seventh before the red flag would fly for an incident that stopped the clock. Falling back to eighth, Evans and would take the green flag with eight minutes remaining behind his teammate Persing. With nothing to lose, Persing moved into the top-five with a bold out braking maneuver at the end of the back straightaway. In a hard race that featured several battles, Persing added his second top-five result of the weekend while Evans crossed the line in tenth.
“Great season for VRD and great to have three different drivers stand on the F4 podium throughout the year,” added Team Manager Dan Mitchell. “A huge congrats to Nick and Erik on their podium results as well as to Hunter for solid improvement throughout his FR debut weekend.”
For more information on Velocity Racing Development and to find information on how to be involved with their F4 US Championship Powered by Honda or FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda programs, please feel free to contact Daniel Mitchell via email to Dan@DanMitchellMotorsport.com or by phone to 954.594.2686.
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