Juju Noda joins F4 US with JHDD and ROKiT
Japan's superstar Juju Noda moves to F4 US in 2021 together with JHDD, with support of her new sponsor ROKiT. At only 15 years of age, Noda gets ready for her second F4 season after scoring 3 pole positions and a victory in her rookie Danish F4 campaign last year.
After her last year's debut in Europe, Juju Noda will start her new Formula 4 adventure across the Atlantic. The young Japanese sensation will team-up with Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) and will welcome a new sponsor, as she partners with ROKiT - a telecommunication and mobile phones manufacturer that has been heavily supporting women in motorsports lately, together with her historic sponsors Miki House and T-Point.
At only 14 years pf age, Noda joined the Danish F4 last year, scored three pole positions and a victory at the opening round of the season at Jyllandsringen. She will now face a new set of challenges: a new country, new tracks, a bigger field of drivers and a new car.
Noda Racing will team-up with JHDD - an outfit focused to be the best in the junior series of open wheel racing and led by Jay Howard. With the team's knowledge and experiences, Juju Noda has all it takes to build on the foundations laid last year and continue her climb into the echelons of motor racing.
At the beginnig of 2022, Juju will turn 16 years old and will reach the minimum age for every F4 and F3 series; at that point, she might make her comeback in European racing series to pursue her dream and reach Formula 1.
But who is Juju Noda?
Juju Noda is the daughter of former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Hideki Noda and already a star in Japan. At the age of 9 she drove a F4-car for the very first time. Only a year later she broke the lap record in a F4-car at Okayama for the under-17 class. In doing so, her lap was just 0,7 seconds slower than the pole position time in the national F4 race on the same year.
At the age of 3 she sat in a kart for the first time and at 4 she won at her debut. One year later, Juju was crowned champion in the classes 30cc and 40cc. At the age of nine she got the chance to test a Formula 4 car and jumped into race cars. And the journey isn´t over yet - Juju Noda was 11 when she first drove a Formula 3 car on the Okayama Circuit.
One year after making her European racing debut - albeit in a heavily disrupted season in Danish F4 due to the coronavirus pandemic - Juju will now also focus on off-track activities, as she works in the simulator to analize all the data available to her team, as part of her father's NODA Racing Academy.
Her biggest dream? To win a Formula 1 race. Only time will tell if she can indeed continue her groundbreaking path, but the move to F4 US is certainly an important step.
The 2021 F4 US calendar
April 23-25 Sonoma
April 29-May 1 Laguna Seca
June 25-27 Mid-Ohio
July 16-18 Brainerd
September 24-26 VIR
November 5-7 Circuit of The Americas