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GENERAL

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is the first official step on the Mazda Road to Indy - a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the series champion will earn a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the ladder system. The series is also part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development program which assists young drivers in advancing from the Skip Barber Racing School to USF2000.

Scott Hargrove claimed the 2013 USF2000 title and will advance to Pro Mazda competition in 2014. Matthew Brabham, the 2012 USF2000 and 2013 Pro Mazda champion, becomes the first driver to advance in succession via the MAZDASPEED scholarship system from USF2000 to Pro Mazda and now Indy Lights. Sage Karam, the 2010 USF2000 champion, captured the 2013 Indy Lights title and Rookie of the Year honors becoming the youngest champion in series history.

HISTORY

USF2000 has served as a formative step for drivers dating back to 1990. Drivers who have honed their skills in the series include Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice, rising stars JR Hildebrand and Charlie Kimball, and sports car talents Andy Lally, Memo Rojas and Memo Gidley.

SCHEDULE (download schedule pdf)

All 14 races on the 2014 calendar will be in support of Verizon IndyCar Series events. Two street circuits, four road courses and one oval event ensure the proper blend for aspiring drivers. Highlights of the schedule include doubleheader rounds at all road and street circuits, and one tripleheader road course event.

 Round               Date                          Track                                                Venue                                
 1/2  March 29/30 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit
 3/4 April 26/27 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
 5/6 May 9/10 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.434-mile road course 
 7  May 24  Lucas Oil Raceway  0.686-mile oval 
8/9  July 19/20   Streets of Toronto  1.755-mile street circuit 
10/11/12  August 2/3   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course 
13/14  August 23/24  Sonoma Raceway  2.385-mile road course 

                            

SERIES PARTNERS

Mazda, Cooper Tires, Allied Building Products, Analytic Systems, Peninsula Pipeline, Marlin CNG Services, Elite Engines, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Sunoco Race Fuels, Van Diemen Élan, Performance Friction Brakes, Dynamic Suspensions, Cosworth, Tilton, Racing Communications, Replay XD, Stäubli, INDYCAR Ministry.

TELEVISION

Television coverage of the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will include four highlight shows produced by the award-winning IMS Productions team. The shows will air on the NBC Sports Network and MOTORS TV in Europe.

The shows will be hosted by veteran play-by-play and radio announcer Kevin Lee, reporter for the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the IndyCar Series. Adding color commentary will be Anders “The Viking” Krohn. Krohn made 16 Indy Lights starts during the 2010 - 2012 seasons and is now active on the racing front with CoForce International, which provides racing and corporate development services.

Highlight Show Schedule (all time Eastern)

 Date         Time          Featured Race Pro Mazda                 Featured Race USF2000                   
 May 24 1:30 am  Barber Motorsports Park Streets of St. Petersburg
 June 13 2:00 am  Indianapolis Motor Spwy (RC) Indianapolis Motor Spwy (RC)
 Aug. 24 2:00 am  Streets of Houston Streets of Toronto
 Sept. 5 2:00 am  Sonoma Raceway Sonoma Raceway

 

RoadtoIndy.TV 

In 2014, Andersen Promotions is launching RoadtoIndy.TV – a web-based television channel to take viewers behind the scenes and showcase the personalities of its drivers and teams.

DRIVERS

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is open to drivers age 15 and up (with 14-year-olds eligible pending review and acceptance of a driving resume by the series and approval by INDYCAR).

CARS

USF2000 features open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit cars with front and rear wings. As a cost constraint, the rules package requires a one-make chassis. Only Van Diemen Elan cars manufactured from 2001 on are eligible to compete. This allows teams to amortize their purchase over multiple years. The cars are low-budget, easy to work on mechanically and offer multiple tuning adjustments with cornering speeds matching the next level car (Pro Mazda).

Sunoco is the Official Fuel of USF2000.

ENGINES

The USF2000 Van Diemens are powered by the Mazda MZR 2-liter powerplant – a four-cylinder, double-overhead cam, fuel-injected engine generating approximately 170 horsepower and capable of powering cars to speeds of 150 mph. All Mazda MZR engines are prepared and sealed by Elite Engines of West Bend, Wis.

TIRES

Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

NEW FOR 2014

A change from a 4-speed Hewland H-pattern gearbox to a new Hewland 5-speed sequential shift gearbox, and the introduction of new PFC brake pads.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will distribute over $480,000 in prizes and awards in 2014. The series champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2015. Additional champion’s awards include a Cooper Tires Award for tires and series award for race entries.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The Mazda Road to Indy Summit and Oval Clinic is a three-part educational and promotional program held during the season. The platform provides valuable education on a variety of topics including marketing/business, media training, career growth and development, fitness and wellness, social media and a comprehensive introduction to oval track racing led by industry experts. It also features activities such as high-profile autograph sessions and fan Q&As, networking reception, team owner meet-and-greets, race shop tours and pace laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. Additionally, the winner of the “Night Before the 500” will pace the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field on Carburetion Day and be interviewed in front of the Indianapolis 500 crowd only minutes before the race.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 
Streets of St. Petersburg                Qualifying: Spencer Pigot                 1:13.284 =   88.423 mph            3/23/2012 
  Race: Matthew Brabham 1:13.064 =   88.689 mph 3/24/2012 
Barber Motorsports Park   --  --  --
Indianapolis Motor Speedway   --  --  --
Lucas Oil Raceway  Qualifying: Bryan Sellers  21.134 = 116.854 mph  5/25/2002 
  Scott Hargrove+  42.833 = 115.313 mph  5/25/2013 
  Race:  Bryan Sellers  21.016 = 117.510 mph  5/25/2002 
Streets of Toronto  Qualifying:  Neil Alberico  1:11.540 =   88.314 mph  7/12/2012 
  Race: Neil Alberico  1:11.181 =   88.760 mph  7/13/2012 
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  Qualifying:  Matthew Brabham  1:20.250 = 101.293 mph  8/4/2012 
  Race: Spencer Pigot  1:21.328 =   99.951 mph  8/4/2012 
Sonoma Raceway   --  --  --

 + = two lap average

MILESTONES

 Most Starts   Scott Rubenzer          72               1992-2006
 Most Wins  Chris Simmons 13    1992-1994
 Most Wins in a Season  J.R. Hildebrand 12  2006
 Most Poles  Chris Simmons 12  1992-1994
   Aaron Justus 12  1999-2000
 Most Poles in a Season  Sage Karam 11  2010
 Most Podiums  Spencer Pigot 19   2011-2012
 Most Podiums in a Season     J.R. Hildebrand 13   2006

                  

POINT SYSTEM

1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1

7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

 

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

Past Champions:

 Year          Champion                                  Team 
 2013  Scott Hargrove  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2012  Matthew Brabham  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2011  Petri Suvanto  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2010  Sage Karam  Andretti Autosport
 2006  J.R. Hildebrand  Cape Motorsports
 2005  Jay Howard   Aiken Racing
 2004  Bobby Wilson  Cape Motorsports
 2003  Jonathan Bomarito   PR1 Motorsports
 2002  Bryan Sellers  Cape Motorsports
 2001  Jason Lapoint   Richard Morgan Racing
 2000  Aaron Justus  Cape Motorsports
 1999  Dan Wheldon  Primus Racing
 1998  David Besnard  Primus Racing
 1997   Zak Morioka  Hayes Motorsports
 1996  Steve Knapp  Miller Motorsports
 1995  Jeret Schroeder   Schroeder Racing
 1994   Clay Collier  Ruyle Race Service
 1994*  Mike Borkowski   Falcon Racing
 1993E  Chris Simmons  SOTARE Racing
 1993W  David DeSilva  Pfeiffer Ridge Racing
 1993*   Ernest Sikes  Primus Racing
 1992E  Chris Simmons  SOTARE Racing
 1992W  Greg Moore  Team Viper
 1992*   Greg Ray  Primus Racing
 1991   Craig Taylor  Craig Taylor
 1990   Vince Puleo  Fast Forward Racing

 Note:
 1990-1994              USAC FF2000
 1992-1993   Separate East and West Championships
 *1992-1994  SCCA American Continental Championship
 1995  USAC/SCCA FF2000
 1996-2006  USF2000
 2010-  USF2000