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Robinson Returns With Momentum!

Momentum Motorsports Celebrates Win

With the 2017 F4 US Championship season quickly approaching Momentum Motorsports has solidified their driver line up, re-signing race winner and Top 5 Championship finisher Skylar Robinson.  Robinson 20, an Augusta GA native,  competed under the Momentum banner in 2016 joining during the second F4 US event. “The conclusion of the 2016 championship was a bit bitter sweet for us, we saw the positives of finishing in the top 5 in championship points, but kept thinking about what could have been had we competed in every round.  We’re looking forward to even more success in 2017”  said team owner Phil Picard Sr .

The 2017 season promises much stiffer competition then what was seen in 2016, with the addition of new teams and field sizes expected to exceed 30 cars. The Momentum team has been hard at work during the off season, furthering the development of their Honda powered Crawford F4 chassis. With Momentum finding the podium 5 times in 2016 the team has the bar set high for 2017, expecting to win the overall championship. When asked about 2016, team manager Phil Picard Jr is quoted as saying, “We learned a great deal last year, every round we made the car better and better with  some of our biggest engineering strides of coming at the season finale at Homestead.”  The team carried the 2016 momentum into off season testing, finding more speed each time out.

Robinson, who will be returning in the #2 Momentum Motorsports entry, will have multiple roles within the team in 2017.  Not only will he be the senior driver on the team, he will also  act as series new comer and teammate Kent Vaccaro’s driver coach.  The two have been working together closely during the offseason in efforts to  sharpen skills, improve race craft, while continuing to develop the car. “ I’m hyped to be back with Momentum this year,” said Robinson. “Kent’s super easy to get along with which is always a nice quality to have in a teammate. He listens well and I’ll be relaying my experiences from what I learned last year. We are all putting in the hours to make this a successful season and develop as a unit. It’s going to be tough field but we will be ready.”

Both Robinson and Vaccaro will be on track this weekend, at NOLA Motorsports Park for the first official 2017 test.  With the inherent talent and proven team expertise already in place, an excellent opportunity is still available for a qualified driver to fill the third and final Momentum Motorsports entry.  The team is currently interviewing parties interested in competing with a proven championship contender.

Interested candidates should email driving resumes to MomentumMotorsportsLLC@Gmail.com

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Mid Ohio F4 Recap

The 2nd Weekend of the 2016 F4 US Championship was one Momentum fans will not forget.It was full of ups, downs, birthdays, celebrations, and even a little blood. Going into the weekend, Momentum Motorsports added Skylar Robinson onto their dynamic roster that included Argentinian native Baltazar Leguizamon.

After opening weekend, Momentum was anxious to show Leguizamon’s full potential during round 2, knowing that he was capable of a lot more than was shown in the last round.  Momentum, having raced against Robinson in other series knew what he was capable of. “We’ve seen Skylar race, he’s fast and poised behind the wheel. And after wanting to work with him for many years we were excited about his interest in this new series and eager to see what he could do and add to our team dynamic”, Team Principal Phil Picard Sr.

After finishing Practice on Thursday with excellent pace, the drivers and team were ready for Qualifying and eager to start the weekend. Due to overnight weather, the track conditions changed significantly. Due to this qualifying did not go as hoped for either driver. Leguizamon car wasn’t coming off the corner with the speed needed to set him up for a competitive lap time. Robinsons’ car wasn’t gripping the track as seamlessly as it had during practice causing him to start P7.

Eager to start the first race of the weekend, the cars lined up on false grid while all eyes were on the sky. Everyone wondered if it would stay dry and for how long. Original set up of dry tires were switched to wets after mother nature decided to open the sky’s up during the formation lap.  Once the race started, Leguizamon’s race came to an end during an opening lap collision with another driver whose rain light was not functioning. Robinson, during his debut race managed to fight his way from P7 to earn a spot on the podium at finishing second!

The team worked hard to get Leguizamon’s car ready for race 2. After a competitor’s withdrawal Robinson started on the pole! Race 2 of the weekend was an exciting race as Robinson battled with competitor Jackie Ding to maintain first. Falling back to second in lap 7 Robinson maneuvered his way around the track to claim his spot at first in the last lap. Excited to have won his first F4 US Championship event, Robinson and the team headed to the podium for the second time of the weekend. Ecstatic over his win, Robinson went on the podium and celebrated with his competitors until an accident with a sparkling grape juice bottle caused him to need medical attention. Not to be held back Robinson glued his wound and displayed his bruise proudly ready to take on race 3!Robinson F4 injury

With the damage from race 1 repaired Leguizamon took to the track once more anxious for a chance to shine, but it was not to be.  While cornering speeds and techniques seemed to be very similar to his teammate, the lap times did not match with the number one car falling further and further behind.  With concerns growing about the health and performance of the Honda racing engine, the HPD engineers were quick to respond and eager to help.  After careful consideration and much deliberation the conclusion was reached for Leguizamon to withdraw from the final race of the weekend.

Race 3 of the weekend was spent with a majority of it under a yellow flag. A glitch in Robinsons car caused him to pit and drop back from his spot in fourth. He quickly caught up to the back of the pack and was eager to restart and battle his way forward. However, race three of the weekend was finished under a yellow flag and saw him finish P12.

If the worst thing about the weekend for Robinson was having a visit from the medics after a podium celebration gone awry, we are eager to see what this young man and his teammate have in store. Catch Robinson and Leguizamon at NJMP for the third event of the F4 US Championship on August 26-28!

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Skylar Robinson to compete for Momentum Motorsports!

Momentum Motorsports is excited to announce the signing of Skylar Robinson. 20 year old Georgia native Robinson will be joining Momentum at the second F4 US Championship event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11-13th.

Starting his career out in WKA, Robinson found success winning multiple karting championships, paving the way for successful entry into open wheel racing. Since then Robinson has seen much success across Skip Barber Series, F1600, F2000. 2014 and 2015 saw Robinson taking home 2nd in the F2000 and F1600 Championships. Having already won a British Formula Ford Triple Crown Championship, Robinson has proven he has what it takes to seriously compete in this new championship.

Robinson is excited for the opportunity to join Momentum Motorsports, “The Picards are great people and I want to do the best job I can for them. They aren’t afraid to work and I think together, we’ll be able to accomplish a lot.”

With dreams of one day competing and winning the pinnacle of endurance racing Daytona, Le Mans, and Sebring; Robinson is excited to see how the F4 US Championship can help advance his career on the path to making those dreams a reality.

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Momentum Motorsports F4 Driver Signing

Momentum Motorsports LLC is excited to announce the signing of 15 year old Argentinian Native, Baltazar Leguizamon for the 2016 Inaugural F4 US Championship season.

Leguizamon started out racing Karts at 9 years old. By the age of 15 he has won 4 Championships.  In 2015 Leguizamon joined F4 South America winning his first F4 race with 3 podium finishes. Leguizamon is excited to come compete in the F4 US Championship, he believes this is the next step in his career to becoming a professional Formula driver.  “The F4 US Championship Series is a very good chance for me. With the championship starting now, I have the possibility to fight for the title. It is going to be an amazing experience.”

“With Leguizamon’s experience in the international F4 series the team looks forward to working with him and growing together. This looks to be a very promising and exciting inaugural season” says team principle Phil Picard Sr.

Leguizamon will be piloting Momentum Motorsports #1 Crawford Composites F4 US car powered by Honda Racing/HPD at the inaugural race at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Complex on July 1, 2016.

Leguizamon would like to thank his sponsors for helping make his International debut possible; TODOCHILLER, ACA, HANKAR, ALBOSA.

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Momentum Motorsports hosting factory supported F4 driver test.

Momentum Motorsports will be conducting a factory supported F4 driver test. On hand will be Crawford Composites engineering staff, Honda Racing Performance Development and GEMS Performance Electronics.

This test is an opportunity to expose potential F4 US Championship drivers to this exciting new international formula. Drivers will be competing for a spot on the Momentum Motorsports team for the 2016 F4 Championship season.  This test will be done at a discounted rate on a first come first serve basis so contact Momentum Motorsports now, to reserve your spot as spaces are filling!

845.457.7737  or Phil@MomentumMotorSportsLLC.com

Lalls Take on Road Atlanta

The 2015 F2000 Championship Series season opener at Road Atlanta had its share of ups and downs for Quinlan Lall.   Lall coming into his sophomore year in the series, is fresh off a dominating performance at the series exhibition at P.B.I.R last month. He had high hopes for the weekend stating, ” we were able to be quickest in both sessions on friday; one in the wet, and one in the dry”
Saturday morning saw Lall qualify 6th in a tight group where the first 10 cars were all less than a second apart.  “We felt good about qualifying,  we knew we had more time left in the car and were in a good position to compete for a podium. When the green flag dropped I had a great start. However, few laps later we experienced an internal engine failure; but, that’s racing and we move forward and take away the positives.” Quinlan said.
The Momentum Motorsports crew got right to work, replacing the engine to ensure Lall wouldn’t miss a minute of qualifying the next morning. “I would like to thank Allegra Motorsports for the engine that they loaned us, as our spare was still being built.” Going into qualifying on Sunday morning a strategy was in place, however, a crash abruptly ended the day.
“As a team we wanted more out of the weekend but there were a lot of positives to draw on. I am looking forward to the next race at Watkins Glen, where we were strong last year and aim to build on the pace we exhibited at Road Atlanta”

Teixeira debuts at Road Atlanta

Jonathan Teixeira successfully completed the F2000 Championship Series season opener at Road Atlanta. The 17 year old Brazilian was faced with his first drive since August in both a new chassis and a track he hadn’t yet encountered.  “At first, I was having trouble adjusting to the major temperature difference between the Northeast and South, which led to some struggles that unfortunately took away precious track time.  After getting through that, getting in the Van Diemen felt great”

Friday, saw the Massachusetts native displaying great car control in very wet conditions as he continued to learn the famous venue. Saturday’s focus was on consistency and chipping away at lap times.  “He got better every session” said team principal Phil Picard Sr.  Teixeria’s improvement continued throughout Race One on Saturday gaining 5 positions by the end of the race. On Sunday the positive trend continued.  Teixeira’s best lap times of the weekend, came on his last five laps. “I definitely enjoyed being back in the car after 8 months and having an eventful weekend… After  an awesome weekend under the Momentum Motorsports tent, I am very excited to see how the rest of the season will play out. My goal is to be in the top 10 pushing for a top 5 finish by the end of the season”

Teixeira’s marked improvement is exactly what the team was expecting to see.  “We knew he had talent after the way he handled the RFR last year in his two outings.  We are excited to see how he will do in a competitive car as he accrues more track time” the team said. Teixeira’s next race will be at V.I.R June 5th-7th with the F2000 Championship Series, as an age restriction will keep him sidelined for Watkins Glen.