TEAM VRD Commits to 2020/2021 YACademy Winter Series

17 September 2020

2020/2021 YACademy Winter Series

“F4 Championship leading team set for YACademy Winter Series”

September 10, 2020 – Always striving to stand atop the podium and train their drivers against the best competition possible, Velocity Racing Development (VRD) has committed to and is looking forward to the 2020 / 2021 YACademy Winter Series. Taking part in the inaugural program earlier this year, VRD will look to bring a crop of new and returning drivers to the growing Winter Series program as they look forward towards the 2021 season.

“We are halfway into our 2020 racing calendar, but the best teams never get ahead by looking in the rear-view mirror,” explained Team Boss Dan Mitchell. “Gustavo (Yacaman) and his crew at the YACademy Winter Series did a tremendous job in putting all of our rookie drivers through the paces and that helped with our first national event of the season. We will focus on days and days of testing through the winter months before getting back into the racing action in February with Gustavo’s efforts.”

The all-rookie F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda team has had great success this season including multiple race wins, podium results and with all drivers finishing in the top-ten in several races this year. Hunter Yeany, who has scored race wins at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Virginia International Raceway and Barber Motorsports Park, leads the Atlanta Motorsports based program as the current Championship point leader.

“From the standing starts to the planned yellow flag and safety car period to the restarts, the entire set of events at the YACademy program was well thought out and planned,” added Mitchell. “Combining several different open wheel series in test days leading up to the championship decreased the costs for all involved, a valuable benefit to the overall program.”

The 2020/2021 YACademy Winter Series Schedule
December 2-3 – Testing – NOLA Motorsports Park
December 8-9 – Testing – Circuit of the Americas
December 14-15 – Testing – Homestead-Miami Speedway
December 17-18 – Testing – Sebring International Raceway
January 2-28 – Testing – Sebring International Raceway
February 15-16 – Race Event – Sebring International Raceway
February 18-19 – Race Event – Homestead-Miami Speedway

“VRD’s support in the first ever YACademy Winter Series in 2019/2020 was invaluable. Now, for 2020/2021 having them commit this early is very humbling for myself and the whole YACademy staff,” expressed Gustavo Yacaman. “It means we did things the correct way right off the bat. We are already working with sponsors and partners to take the 2020-21 Winter Series to the next level, including LIVE streaming with We are working hard on the background and keeping up with our “graduates” and supporting them through the season any way we can. We look forward to more big teams, as well as the smaller ones, to join the Winter Series for the coming season and we welcome rookies and veterans alike.”

The 2020/2021 YACademy Winter Series will commence in December with four days of testing between Sebring Raceway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway before a two event, six race championship will take place at the same venues in February of 2021.

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 or by phone to 954.594.2686.

F4 U.S. and FR Americas Returns to Television with Strong Broadcast Package

02 September 2020

Amplifying the strength of the Honda-Powered Formula 4 United States and Formula Regional Americas Championships during the 2020 season, SCCA Pro Racing, through its continued partnership with Formula Americas Network, secured a significant broadcast package that will start in September (check local listing for official air dates and times).

Six episodes will be dedicated to each championship, featuring one-hour race recaps from each track.

“The live streaming that FAN has produced over the first half of the season has really elevated our global footprint,” said SCCA Pro Racing President Dan Helman. “We understood that our program was missing television coverage and we are really excited that FAN is able to provide that for our series. This is added value for all of our partners, teams and drivers.”

Introducing streaming at the start of the season, FAN made F4 U.S. and FR Americas accessible to a global audience, reaching over 22 countries with active participation over its real-time interactive platform.

The full season with multiple re-broadcasts will air on a variety of national cable and broadcast networks like MAV TV, REV’N, Altitude Sports Network, Eleven Sports and on a number of regional CW and NBC affiliates, reaching more than 80 million North American households.

In addition, the programming will also be available through most digital on-demand carriers such as ROKU and AppleTV.

Additional networks, airdates and times will be added at a later date.

With Results Now Official From Mid-Ohio, Hunter Yeany and Velocity Racing Development Have Three Wins and Five Podium Results in Five Races

27 July 2020

Velocity Racing Development Eagerly Approaches the First Race of the Revised Season at Mid-Ohio

25 June 2020

June 24, 2020 – With the revised 2020 season start about to kick off, Velocity Racing Development hasn’t eased up on the gas pedal. This Georgia-based team is continuing momentum from their recent test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and carrying it into the first race of the season.

Team Manager Dan Mitchell seemed very pleased with the overall performance stating, “It went really, really well; all the cars were quick, and all the drivers performed as expected.”

Mitchell was particularly pleased with Mathias Soler-Obel’s performance. Soler-Obel returns for his sophomore year in the FR Americas series powered by Honda with VRD in hopes to claim this year’s championship title. Mitchell has high expectations for his FR Americas driver given Soler-Obel “tested well and performed super consistent throughout, having not been in a car in over six months.”

As for comments on his F4 US Championship drivers Mitchell says, “Erik Evans performed well in the wet weather conditions and Kyffin Simpson drove well all around.” Unfortunately, there was a crash on day one of testing with F4 US Championship driver Hunter Yeany, who had been running in an FR Americas car. Dan Mitchell states, “Hunter had a difficult session considering a mishap on day one with some confusion on a yellow flag,” leaving Yeany without a car to drive on the second day of testing.

Velocity Racing Development, being the only co-owned British and American team in the FR Americas and F4 US Championship series, claims their approach to the racing world is a rarity you won’t be able to find with any other team in this league. They bring the best fusion between British Formula racing and American racing to the arena of F4 and FR. Their recent development of VRD Academy offers intense training for kart drivers who are looking to make the transition from karts to cars in the F4 US Championship series. Many of their current drivers have graduated from this program, and they aim to pull their future F4 US Championship and FR Americas drivers from it as well.

As the opening race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is now upon us, VRD feels confident with their overall test at the track and is looking forward to being able to show that in a competitive environment. It’s safe to say fans can expect an exciting season from Velocity Racing Development.

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 or by phone to 954.594.2686.