2012 U.S. F2000 National Championship

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2012 U.S. F2000 National Championship season
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The 2012 U.S. F2000 National Championship is a season of the U.S. F2000 National Championship, an open wheel auto racing series that is the first step in IndyCar's Road to Indy ladder. It is the third full season of the series since its revival in 2010. Rookie Australian/American driver Matthew Brabham, son of Geoff Brabham, captured the title over is Cape Motosports teammate, second-year American Spencer Pigot by seven points in the final pair of races at Virginia International Raceway. Even though Pigot won the final two races of the season, Brabham's lead was large enough and his finishes in the final two races were high enough to capture the championship. Brabham only won four races compared to Pigot's eight wins. However, Brabham only failed to finish in the top-10 once with a single DNF while Pigot finished outside the top-10 three times in what would ultimately decide the championship. The only other driver to capture a race win during the season was Belardi Auto Racing's Scott Anderson.

Norwegian Henrik Furuseth captured the National Class championship over American R. C. Enerson in the final race of the season when Enerson was involved in an incident in the first lap of the race after passing Furuseth. The crash dropped Enerson to third in points as Mark Eaton finished second in class in the race and edged out Enerson for second place in National Class by four points.

One notable driver to compete in the championship was Michael Johnson of Flint, Michigan who is a paraplegic, having lost use of his legs in a motorcycle racing accident.[1] Johnson finished 15th in points with a best finish of tenth at Road America.

Drivers and teams[edit]

Team No. Drivers Notes
United States Cape Motorsports
w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
2 United States Spencer Pigot[3]
3 United States Trent Hindman[4]
13 Norway Henrik Furuseth[5] National Class
83 Australia Matthew Brabham[6]
United States Belardi Auto Racing 4 Australia Roman Lagudi[7]
9 United States Luca Forgeois[8] Skipped Baltimore and VIR
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd Baltimore and VIR only
11 United States Colin Thompson[9]
14 United States Scott Anderson[10]
United States Pabst Racing Services 5 Canada Dalton Kellett[11]
6 United States J. R. Smart[11] National Class; skipped Sebring
18 United States Shannon McIntosh[12]
United States Andretti Autosport 7 Canada Thomas McGregor[13]
8 United States Shelby Blackstock[14]
United States ZSports Midwest w/ Team E Racing 10 United States R. C. Enerson[15] National Class
United States Robinson Motor Sports 12 United States Eric Filgueiras[16] National Class; Sebring only
25 United States Joel Janco National Class; skipped Sebring
92 United States Mark Eaton National Class
97 United States Paul Alspach[17] National Class; Sebring and Mid-Ohio only
United States Genoa/Primus Racing 13 United Kingdom Isaac Lyons Sebring only
United States ArmsUp Motorsports 15 United States Luigi Biangardi[18]
16 Canada James Dayson National Class; Road America, Baltimore and VIR
59 United States Bobby Kelley National Class; Sebring only
United States Afterburner Autosport 17 United States Timmy Megenbier[19] Sebring through Indianapolis
United States Brian Tomasi Mid-Ohio and Road America
21 South Korea Heamin Choi[20] Skipped Baltimore and VIR
United States JDC Motorsports 19 United States Neil Alberico[21]
38 Canada Scott Hargrove[22] Skipped Indianapolis and Mid-Ohio
54 United States Michael Johnson[23]
85 United States Chris Miller Sebring through Mid-Ohio
United States Luca Forgeois VIR only
93 United States Zac Silver[24] Sebring and St. Pete only
United States JAY Motorsports 23 United States Jason Wolfe[25]
91 United States Patrick Gallagher[26] National Class
65 United States Michael Geldart National Class; Sebring only
98 United States Jim Libecco National Class; skipped Road America
United States AcceleRace Motorsports 28 United States Ardie Greenamyer National Class; St. Pete only
United States Special Addition Racing 41 United States Wally Osinga National Class; Sebring and St. Pete only
United States PRL Motorsports 48 Poland Patryk Tararuj National Class; Baltimore only
United States Patrick Linn National Class; skipped Baltimore
99 National Class; Baltimore only
Canada MDL Racing 56 Canada Matthew Di Leo
United States Alliance Autosport 71 United States Scott Rettich[27] National Class; Sebring, St. Pete and Mid-Ohio only
United States One Formula Racing 77 United States Colette Davis National Class; Sebring and St. Pete only
United States Cruzinc Racing 86 United States Eric Cruz National Class

Race calendar and results[edit]

The race schedule was announced on January 11, 2012. Fourteen races were announced, all at venues that hosted the series in 2011.[28] The final race weekend's location and date were announced on January 17, 2012.[29]

Rnd Circuit Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team Supporting
1 Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 15 United States Luigi Biangardi Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham United States Cape Motorsports ALMS
2 March 16 Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports
3 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida March 24 United States Spencer Pigot Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports IndyCar Series
4 March 25 Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports
5 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Clermont, Indiana May 26 Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports USAC Midgets
6 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 4 Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports IndyCar Series
7 August 5 Australia Roman Lagudi United States Scott Anderson United States Scott Anderson United States Belardi Auto Racing
8 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 17 United States Scott Anderson Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot
Australia Matthew Brabham
Australia Matthew Brabham United States Cape Motorsports ALMS
9 United States Scott Anderson Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham United States Cape Motorsports
10 August 18 United States Spencer Pigot United States Scott Anderson United States Scott Anderson United States Belardi Auto Racing
11 Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland September 1 Qualifying abandoned Australia Matthew Brabham United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports IndyCar Series
12 September 2 Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham Australia Matthew Brabham United States Cape Motorsports
13 Virginia International Raceway Danville, Virginia September 14 United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports ALMS
14 September 15 United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Cape Motorsports

Championship standings[edit]

Championship Class[edit]

Pos Driver SEB STP LOR MOH RAM BAL VIR Points
1 Australia Matthew Brabham 1* 2* 2 2 2 3 25 1* 1* 3 2 1* 4 8 339
2 United States Spencer Pigot 3 1 1* 1* 1* 1* 23 16* 3 2 1 24 1* 1* 332
3 United States Scott Anderson 5 8 28 10 4 2 1* 3 2 1* 5 2 26 6 256
4 Canada Matthew Di Leo 12 4 18 3 8 7 2 2 4 5 3 6 7 21 220
5 United States Trent Hindman 36 30 5 4 5 4 3 4 6 8 25 12 8 3 189
6 Australia Roman Lagudi 2 3 3 5 3 5 16 7 9 28 7 27 173
7 United States Neil Alberico 9 5 17 34 16 19 6 5 5 6 13 5 2 5 170
8 United States Shelby Blackstock 7 32 6 8 18 6 5 21 8 4 21 8 6 7 153
9 Canada Thomas McGregor 4 7 7 7 12 27 10 23 28 21 9 9 9 9 134
10 United States Luigi Biangardi 35 9 4 33 11 29 4 6 7 7 4 27 24 22 129
11 Canada Scott Hargrove 11 11 30 32 8 13 9 6 3 5 4 128
12 United States Colin Thompson 8 10 31 13 14 8 28 9 10 20 12 4 10 10 103
13 United States Jason Wolfe 14 34 19 9 10 12 29 26 14 23 10 10 25 13 84
14 Canada Dalton Kellett 10 19 33 14 20 9 7 10 16 22 26 21 11 26 78
15 United States Michael Johnson 18 27 13 25 17 13 24 11 29 10 14 26 12 11 72
16 United States Luca Forgeois 33 26 26 6 6 10 22 24 12 27 23 12 66
17 South Korea Heamin Choi 16 18 10 12 15 26 15 12 27 12 55
18 United States Shannon McIntosh 15 23 11 24 13 21 18 25 21 14 24 15 16 20 54
19 United States Timmy Megenbier 6 6 32 11 9 53
20 United States Chris Miller 26 15 8 26 19 11 13 22 11 25 52
21 United States Zac Silver 13 12 34 19 20
22 United Kingdom Isaac Lyons 31 35 2
Guest entries
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd 26 11 3 2
United States R. C. Enerson 7
United States Brian Tomasi 17 DNS 13 15 DNS
United States J. R. Smart 21
Pos Driver SEB STP LOR MOH RAM BAL VIR Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
In-line notation
Championship Class only
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
(1 point)
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
Not awarded if more than
one driver leads most laps

National Class[edit]

Pos Driver SEB STP MOH RAM BAL VIR Points
1 Norway Henrik Furuseth 21 13 12 23 16 8 27 17 11 8 23 13 14 205
2 United States Mark Eaton 17 14 29 16 30 14 15 19 15 15 7 15 15 191
3 United States R. C. Enerson 29 17 9 15 14 11 14 18 13 11 28 14 25 187
4 United States Jim Libecco 28 22 20 20 20 9 22 13 18 16 98
5 United States Patrick Gallagher 22 33 15 17 18 26 17 20 24 27 14 95
6 United States Patrick Linn 23 31 21 22 23 17 DNS 23 17 17 16 17 19 95
7 United States J. R. Smart 22 21 24 20 28 22 16 16 17 19 17 85
8 United States Scott Rettich 19 16 14 18 15 27 79
9 United States Eric Cruz 32 25 25 28 25 21 18 24 18 19 18 20 24 56
10 United States Joel Janco 23 27 28 19 19 26 26 18 22 22 23 42
11 Canada James Dayson 20 19 21 18 24
12 United States Ardie Greenamyer 16 30 11
Guest drivers ineligible for points
United States Paul Alspach 30 21 22 12
Canada James Dayson 20 25 19
United States Bobby Kelley 20 20
Poland Patryk Tararuj 23 20
United States Michael Geldart 25 24
United States Collete Davis 24 29 27 31
United States Wally Osinga 27 DNS 24 29
United States Eric Filgueiras 34 28
Pos Driver SEB STP MOH RAM BAL VIR Points

Teams'[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 United States Cape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing 491
2 United States Belardi Auto Racing 310
3 United States JDC Motorsports 165
4 United States Andretti Autosport 144
5 Canada MDL Racing 135
6 United States ArmsUp Motorsports 77
7 United States Afterburner Autosport 41
8 United States Pabst Racing Services 40
9 United States JAY Motorsports 40
10 United States ZSports Midwest 26
11 United States PRL Motorsports 14
12 United States Alliance Autosport 6
13 United States AcceleRace Motorsports 2

References[edit]

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