Lindenhurst, New York (July 29, 2016) – After a successful debut weekend in the inaugural FIA F4 United States Championship, Group-A Racing will be adding another full time car for Chinese driver Jackie Ding. Jackie will drive the Huawei Telecommunications, Zone District, EVE Energy, Group-A Racing Formula 4 car.
Ding, an18 year old born in Shenzhen China, currently lives in Potomac, Maryland. He has been part of the Group-A Racing Driver Development program since his career started 3 years ago. He started in Skip Barber race series earning race wins and many podium results. In 2015 he competed full time with Group-A Racing in the inaugural Pirelli Formula Lites season. He earned a win at Virginia International Raceway which was part of a Group-A Racing 1-2 sweep, followed by another 10 podium finishes.
While running full time in the FIA Formula 4 United States Championship, Jackie will also be transitioning to college this fall. He has been accepted into Michigan University studying mechanical engineering.
“Adding Jackie to our driver line-up will be a very good boost for the team” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “We had good podium results during the opening weekend as a single car program and now with Jackie we will have another fast bullet in the gun for us. We will now be able to get twice as much data and car setup information. He and Raphael worked well together when they tested in May and will push each other nicely.”
“I am very happy to be joining the F4 US Championship with Group-A Racing, whom I’ve been with since the start of my racing career. This isn’t the first time I’m driving the Crawford/Honda/Pirelli package, so I’m hoping my previous experience is going to help heading into a weekend when many had already learned the track and the car. The only reason I’m here is because many chose to believe in me and made sacrifices of their own, and I can only repay them with my 110% effort. With the help of everyone at Group-A, as well as my teammate Raphael, I will be ready for the fight come Mid-Ohio!” said Jackie Ding
Jackie will get to sample the Crawford Formula 4 car at Autobahn Country Club the week before making his series debut at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course August 11-13. Group-A Racing is in discussions with numerous drivers to add a third car starting from the New Jersey round August 26-28. Drivers interested should contact the team 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com