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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.
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.
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.
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.
+ = two lap average
7th............................... 14 14th.............................. 7
One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap.
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
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.
Mazda Road to Indy Links
USF2000 - www.usf2000.com
PRO MAZDA - www.promazdachampionship.com
Indy Lights - www.indylights.com
Indy Car Series - www.indycar.com