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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 Mazda Motorsports Development program which assists young drivers in advancing from the Skip Barber Racing School to USF2000. Dakota Dickerson is the latest winner of the Skip Barber Shootout and will earn a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda to advance to USF2000 in 2016. 

Nico Jamin claimed the 2015 USF2000 title and will advance to Pro Mazda competition in 2016. Matthew Brabham, the 2012 USF2000 and 2013 Pro Mazda champion, became the first driver to advance in succession via the Mazda scholarship system from USF2000 to Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. 

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 

The USF2000 calendar will include 16 races held at eight venues featuring five road course, two street circuit and one oval event. Aside from the oval, all rounds are double-headers with the now traditional tripleheader event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. All races with the exception of the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - which features all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy - are run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series.

 Round               Date                          Track                                                Venue                                
 1/2  March 11-13 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit
 3/4 April 22-24 Barber Motorsports Park 2.38-mile road course
 5/6 May 12-14 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course
 7 May 28 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis    .686-mile oval
 8/9 June 24-26 Road America 4.048-mile road course
 10/11 July 15-17 Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street circuit
 12/13/14 July 29-31 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course 
 15/16 September 9-11 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course

                            

SERIES PARTNERS

Mazda, Cooper Tires, Allied Building Products, Elite Engines, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, RACER, MAXSpeed Group, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Australian Formula Ford Association, VP Racing Fuels, Performance Friction Brakes, Dynamic Suspensions, Cosworth, Tilton, Racing Communications, Replay XD, Stäubli, INDYCAR Ministry.

COVERAGE

All races will feature live streaming shows on indycar.com, usf2000.com and the RoadtoIndy.TV App including pre- and post-race coverage. Additional coverage such as post-race press conferences and special events will be streamed on the series website and the RoadtoIndy.TV App.

RoadtoIndy.TV 

The popular RoadToIndy.TV and RoadtoIndy.TV App will continue to provide behind-the-scenes content, race recap episodes, special features, live streaming and live shows of Mazda Road to Indy on and off-track activities.

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).

In 2014, the traditional 4-speed Hewland H-pattern gearbox was replaced by a new Hewland 5-speed sequential shift gearbox. PFC brake pads also were introduced as a standard component.

VP Racing Fuels is the Official Fuel of USF2000.

In 2017, a new chassis will be introduced. The Tatuus USF-17 is a significant technology leap over the current Van Diemen USF2000 chassis. It is a full carbon monocoque chassis built to the latest FIA F3 test specifications utilizing the current Mazda MZR 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with additional safety features to meet the specific needs of racing in the United States. These features include full Zylon side intrusion panels and reinforced bulkheads to strengthen the chassis for racing on oval circuits. The USF-17 will also feature other upgrades such as a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, four-way adjustable dampers, specific design aluminum American Racing wheels, Cosworth data system, LCD steering wheel and ECU, four piston caliper PFC brakes and IndyCar-specific quick jack and roll hoop attachments. 

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.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will distribute over $470,000 in prizes and awards in 2016. The series champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2017. 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 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis 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  Qualifying: Michael Epps 1:23.009 = 99.748 mph 2/25/2014
  Race: RC Enerson 1:23.456 = 99.214 mph 2/26/2014
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Qualifying: Nico Jamin 1:26.1799 = 101.885 mph 5/8/2015
  Race: Nico Jamin 1:26.4672 = 101.546 mph 5/9/2015
 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 
 Road America Qualifying: Spencer Pigot 2:10.762 = 111.445 mph 8/19/2011 
  Race: Scott Anderson 2:09.656 = 112.396 mph 8/17/2012 
Streets of Toronto  Qualifying: Florian Latorre  1:09.8683 = 90.427 mph 7/18/2014
  Race: Neil Alberico  1:11.181 =   88.760 mph  7/13/2013 
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 
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca  Qualifying: Sage Karam 1:23.959 = 95.961 mph 5/22/2010
  Race: Mikhail Goihberg 1:24.566 = 95.272 mph 5/23/2010

 + = 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  Nico Jamin 13  2015
 Most Poles in a Season  Nico Jamin 13  2015
 Most Podiums  Jake Eidson 22  2014-2015
 Most Podiums in a Season     Nico Jamin 15   2015

                  

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 
 2015  Nico Jamin  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2014  Florian Latorre  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 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

 


1:26.4672 = 101.546 mph