Coalwell named new US F4; FRA Technical Director

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Parella Motorsports Holdings, in conjunction with SCCA Pro Racing, has appointed Aaron Coalwell as the new Technical Director of the Honda-powered Formula 4 US Championship and Honda-powered Regional Formula Americas Championship.

Buddy Fey, who served as technical director of both junior series for three full seasons, announced his retirement earlier this year and has assisted PMH and SCCA Pro Racing in the search for his successor.

In an effort to ease the transition, Coalwell supported Fey in the decision-making process last month and will officially assume the full-time position following the combined Brainerd International Raceway event July 16-18.

“I am grateful to have received the confidence of Parella Motorsports Holdings to lead the FR Americas and F4 US technical department now that Buddy Fey retires,” said Coalwell. “Having worked with the F4 US Championship for a few events in 2017, I look forward to working with the staff at SCCA Pro Racing and PMH to continue to develop both series and make both series an integral part of the PMH organization. . I would like to thank Buddy Fey for his help in ensuring a smooth transition between CTOs. “

Coalwell has been a mainstay of the Sports Car Club of America officiating since the late ’90s, holding several technical leadership roles throughout his veteran career, most notably as Technical Director of the World Challenge for six seasons (2002-2008 ).

He served as a technical official for two F4 US events in 2017 before taking on his full-time role as Technical Series Director for the Trans Am Series. Coalwell will continue his responsibilities with Trans Am.

“Although the majority of my motorsport career has been spent in GT and touring cars, early in my motorsport career I spent a few years designing and building formula cars with the ‘Formula SAE team at my university,’ he said.

“Then, with SCCA Club Racing, as Deputy Technical Director, one of my main tasks has been the approval of the design and the homologation of all the new formula cars and the sports racers of the club. During this time, for fun, I would go to a local club team that ran several formula cars for customers and helped install the cars and make custom aero parts. I can’t wait to work with formula cars again. “

Fey was instrumental in improving and executing new technological practices in F4 US and in developing technical regulations for the new FR Americas Championship. He will be retiring to his home in Memphis to spend more time with his wife, Ruthie.

“As a career professional racer, I was unsure when I took over the Tech Directory job almost four years ago,” said Fey. “As runners we don’t understand the level of effort, commitment and heart that I now understand from being behind a successful series of races.

“It was indeed a start, which turned out to be surprisingly rewarding. It has been a pleasure working with our technical staff, teams, partners and suppliers, and everyone at SCCA Pro Racing. Thank you to each of you, but especially to those who tolerated and accelerated my learning curve. Best wishes to Aaron Coalwell. I will do my best to facilitate the transition. “

While Coalwell fulfills other planned duties, Fey will work at this weekend’s event at Road America as Senior Technical Director, the duo will share the reigns at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 25-27) and to Brainerd before Coalwell stepped into the role of Official Championship Technical Director.

“Aaron (Coalwell) was the right fit for the job,” said SCCA Pro Racing President Dan Helman. “He’s been with the SCCA for decades and has the right pedigree to help develop the series. During his short period of working with Buddy (Fey), Aaron has already shown that he can blend in well with our existing team of stewards and officials. While we were disappointed that Buddy left us this season, we are extremely happy that Aaron is joining us.

F4 US and FR Americas return to action for a triple-headed weekend at Road America May 14-17, joining the Road America Vintage Racing Festival.

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