U.S. F2000 National Championship

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U.S. F2000 National Championship
USF2000 Logo.png
Category Single seaters
Country United States United States
Inaugural season 1990
Drivers 20
Teams 11
Constructors various (1990-2006)
Élan (2010-present)
Engine suppliers Mazda, Ford
Tyre suppliers Cooper Tires
Drivers' champion France Florian Latorre
Teams' champion United States Cape Motorsports
Official website usf2000.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

Cooper Tires presents the U.S. F2000 National Championship powered by Mazda is an American racing series using the American variation of the Formula Ford formula, "F2000", that resumed operation for the 2010 season. It is sanctioned by IndyCar,[1] and is a part of the Mazda Road to Indy.

History[edit]

The series was initially founded by Dan Andersen and Mike Foschi in 1990, and regularly fielded over 60 entries per race. In 2001, the series was sold to Jon Baytos who introduced a number of controversial rule changes that brought the series out of alignment with similar Sports Car Club of America classes. This ultimately led to a sharp reduction in participation, and the end of the series in 2006. F2000 Pro Series racing continued under the F2000 Championship Series with a rules package which realigned competition rules with SCCA rules and thus allowed multiple chassis makes.

For 2010, the U.S. F2000 National Championship returned under the leadership of Dan Andersen, who then owned professional racing teams in Star Mazda and Indy Lights. The intent was to return F2000 to its status as a stepping stone to higher calibers of professional open wheel racing in the United States. The car rule package includes two sub-classes: the Championship class requires a Van Diemen chassis with a league mandated aerodynamics package, and a sealed Mazda MZR engine. The National class was from 2010 to 2012 for a Ford Zetec or Pinto powered car using any Formula Ford or Formula Continental chassis. Those National class cars, though allowed more open suspension and aero tuning, ran with a ~30 hp deficit as compared to the Mazda powered cars to ensure slower lap times. In November 2011 it was announced that SCCA Formula Enterprise cars would be eligible to compete for the National Championship from the 2012 Season onward.[2] At the end of the 2012 season, it was announced that the 2013 National Class would consist only of Formula Enterprise cars.[3] After the 2013 season, the National class was discontinued. In November 2009, Cooper Tires announced the signing of a 4-year deal as a presenting sponsor and exclusive tire supplier for the series.[4]

Starting in 2011, organisers added a winter series of five races, organised in a short span in January or February, all held in southern Florida. The Winterfest series prepares F2000 drivers for their opportunities to race in F2000 in the main season.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion B-Division Oval Crown Eastern States Triple Crown Western States Triple Crown
1990 United States Vince Puleo United States Paul McKee
1991 United States Craig Taylor United States Danny Ragland
1992 United States Chris Simmons United States Victor Calderone
1993 United States Chris Simmons United States Rick Brunner
1994 United States Clay Collier United States Jeff Beck
1995 United States Jeret Schroeder United States Jon Groom
1996 United States Steve Knapp United States Jon Groom United States Allen May United States Steve Knapp Australia Jason Bright
1997 Brazil Zak Morioka Brazil Zak Morioka
1998 Australia David Besnard Australia David Besnard
1999 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
2000 United States Aaron Justus United States Tom Dyer
2001 United States Jason Lapoint United States Scott Rubenzer
2002 United States Bryan Sellers United States Kip Meeks
2003 United States Jonathan Bomarito United States Chris Dona
2004 United States Bobby Wilson United States Greg Pizzo
2005 United Kingdom Jay Howard
2006 United States J. R. Hildebrand
2007–2009, series not held Team Champion National class Winterfest Winterfest National class
2010 United States Sage Karam United States Andretti Autosport United States Ardie Greenameyer
2011

W

Finland Petri Suvanto United States Andretti Autosport United States Luca Forgeois United States Zach Veach
2012

W

Australia Matthew Brabham United States Cape Motorsports Norway Henrik Furuseth United States Spencer Pigot Canada James Dayson
2013

W

Canada Scott Hargrove United States Cape Motorsports United States Scott Rettich United States Neil Alberico Canada James Dayson
2014

W

France Florian Latorre United States Cape Motorsports United States R. C. Enerson

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Constructors championship[edit]

Between 1997 and 2002 a constructors championship was contested. Only constructors who were Associate Members of the USF2000 championship were eligible to score points.

Constructor Years active 1997[6] 1998[7] 1999[8] 2000[9] 2001[10] 2002[11]
Van Diemen 1990-2006 1 1 1 1 1 1
Tatuus 1997-2001 2 2 4 N.C.1 N.C.1
Mygale 1999-2003 2 3 3 2
Bowman 1998-1999 3 4
Vector 2000 4
Carbir 1999-2001 2 2 2
Nemesis 1997 3
Swift 1997 4 N.C.1
Constructors active in USF2000 in years without a constructors championship
Fast 1990
Reynard 1990-1996; 2010
Élan 2010-present
SCCA Enterprises 2012-2013

^1 These manufacturers were not Associate Members of the USF2000 championship and thus were not eligible to score points.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Series Confirmed for 2010". eformulacarnews (Holbi). 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "USF2000 Opens National Class to SCCA Formula Enterprises Cars". usf2000.com (USF2000). 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ USF2000 Makes National Class Changes For 2013, PaddockTalk, September 19, 2012, Retrieved 2012-10-08
  4. ^ "USF2000 Series Names Cooper Tire Official Tire and Presenting Sponsor" (PDF). usf2000.com (Andersen Promotions, LLC). 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  5. ^ "US F2000 Archives". usff2000.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "1997 Manufacturers/Engine Builders Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "1998 Manufacturer Points Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "1999 Final Manufacturer's Point Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "US F2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "US F2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "FF2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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