U.S. F2000 National Championship

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U.S. F2000 National Championship
USF2000 Logo.png
Category Single seaters
Country  United States
Inaugural season 1990
Drivers 23
Teams 11
Constructors Élan Motorsport Technologies
Engine suppliers Mazda, Ford
Tyre suppliers Cooper Tires
Drivers' champion France Nico Jamin
Teams' champion United States Cape Motorsports
Official website usf2000.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Cooper Tires USF2000 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 the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy.

History[edit]

Andersen/Foschi era[edit]

The series was initially founded by Doug Powell in 1990, and regularly fielded over 60 entries per race. In the first seasons the series was mainly based in the western part of the United States sanctioned by the United States Auto Club.[2] For 1992 the series started an Western Division and an Eastern Division, the Eastern Division being headed by Dan Andersen and Mike Foschi. In the 1992 season the race at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Night before the 500) and the race at Heartland Park Topeka (East-West Shootout) counted towards both championships and attracted huge fields. It was a regular site at Indianapolis that drivers had to qualify on time to make the grid for the race. In the same year the Sports Car Club of America founded the American Continental Championship. All three classes utilized the same set of rules, based on the SCCA Formula Continental regulations. In 1994 both USAC series were merged into one national championship.

For 1995 the SCCA series merged with the USAC series. Creating one national championship co-sanctioned between the SCCA and USAC. The series ran on the same tracks as high ranking series such as the Indy Racing League, NASCAR Winston Cup and Trans-Am Series. Many drivers graduated into the higher ranking series such as Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

Jon Baytos era[edit]

In June 2001 the series promotor, Formula Motorsports, Inc. (headed by Andersen and Foschi), was sold to Primus Racing, Inc. (headed by Jon Baytos).[3] Jon Baytos introduced a number of controversial rule changes that brought the series out of alignment with similar Sports Car Club of America classes. The two liter Ford NEA engine was replaced by a two-liter Ford Zetec engine which produced ten horsepower more. The shock package was also upgraded.[4] The series also ran under Grand-Am Road Racing sanctioning. The number of competitors dwindled and the series folded at the end of the 2006 season.[5] For 2004 until the series folding in 2006 SCCA Pro Racing was the sanctioning body for the series.[6]

IndyCar era[edit]

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. 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.

The USF2000 champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2017. 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.

Timeline[edit]

1990s 2000s 2010s
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
USAC West USAC National US F2000 National Championship Formula Ford 2000 Zetec USF2000 (INDYCAR)
USAC East
American Continental USF2000 Winterfest

Sub-championships[edit]

Throughout the years the USF2000 series featured a number of sub-championships competitors could be eligible for.

Oval Crown[edit]

In 1996 the series introduced the Road to Indy Oval Crown. Races at Walt Disney World Speedway, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and other ovals counted towards the Oval Crown. The championship was continued until the 2002 season.

American Continental Championship[edit]

Named after the former SCCA F2000 series, the American Continental Championship, was introduced in 1999. The second tier class was open for Formula Ford 2000 cars manufactured between 1990 and 1996 and also Van Diemen chassis built in 1997.[7] The class continued until the 2003 season. As only three drivers competed the class in 2003, the class was dropped for 2004.[8]

National class[edit]

With the re-introduction of USF2000 in 2010, the National class was introduced. For 2010 and 2011 the national class was open to every Formula Continental spec car.[9] For 2012 and 2013 the Formula Continental cars were outlawed. The cars allowed were the SCCA Formula Enterprises cars. The Formula Enterprises had their own pro series in 2010 and 2011, a number of the cars joined the USF2000 field for 2012. For 2012 and 2013 the Formula Enterprises cars were not allowed at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Due to low car counts, the National Class was discontinued for 2014 and 2015. The class returns in 2016, open to all Sports Car Club of America-legal FC (Formula Continental) cars, from any chassis manufacturer, dating back to 2000. The season champion garners an invitation to the $200,000 Mazda Scholarship Shootout, which earns the winner entry into the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Champions[edit]

Year USAC West USAC East American Continental
1990 West United States Vince Puleo, Jr.
1991 West United States Craig Taylor
1992 West Canada Greg Moore United States Chris Simmons United States Greg Ray
East
ACC
1993 West United States David DeSilva United States Chris Simmons United States Ernest Sikes
East
ACC
1994 Nat United States Clay Collier United States Mike Borkowski
ACC

Unified championship[edit]

Season Champion B-Division Oval Crown Eastern States Triple Crown Western States Triple Crown
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
2015 (W) France Nico Jamin United States Cape Motorsports France Nico Jamin
2016

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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[11] 1998[12] 1999[13] 2000[14] 2001[15] 2002[16]
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.

Statistics[edit]

Race winners[edit]

These statistics include the USAC West, East, National championships, American Continental Championship and the USF2000 series previous and current, including the Winterfest. These statistics exclude class wins.

Wins Drivers
18
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
  • Red: Main series champion
  • Yellow: Winterfest champion
  • Orange: Main series and Winterfest champion
  • Blue: Includes Winterfest wins

Other[edit]

All statistics exclude the Winterfest

[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Series Confirmed for 2010". eformulacarnews (Holbi). 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Series History". USF2000. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "NA-F2000: Sale of U.S. F2000 finalized". motorsport.com. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "History of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship". USF2000. Archived from the original on June 5, 2003. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cooper FF2000: Series Comes to an End". eFormulaCarNews.com. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship To Be Sanctioned By SCCA Pro Racing". USF2000. Archived from the original on April 20, 2002. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "U.S. F2000 Announces American Continental Championship". USF2000. Archived from the original on May 1, 2001. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "2003 FF2000 Zetec Championship Final Point Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on April 1, 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "USF2000 Announces 2011 Schedule Consisting of 14 Races from March to Sept." (PDF). USF2000. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "US F2000 Archives". usff2000.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "1997 Manufacturers/Engine Builders Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on August 13, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "1998 Manufacturer Points Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on September 8, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "1999 Final Manufacturer's Point Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on September 8, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "US F2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on August 5, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "US F2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on August 23, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "FF2000 "Chassis Manufacturer of the Year" Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on May 5, 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Driver Career Stats". USF2000. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 

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