Q: What past experience do I need to have as a driver to compete in USF2000?
A: USF2000 drivers come to the series from a variety of different racing backgrounds. Most have done an extensive amount of kart racing in their home country. Some have graduated through amateur formula car series or even other non-formula car racing disciplines. The recommended path in the United States is through the US Rotax Max Challenge program (www.gorotax.com
) which provides excellent training for drivers of all ages.
Q: I’m ready to join the series as a driver. What’s the first step?
A: A good place to start is by contacting some of our top teams to discuss organizing a test day. Private team test days are a great way for a driver to become familiar with the team and the car, and other team drivers. In this low pressure environment, a driver is able to learn quickly from their teammates and engineers, as well as gauge their learning curve and current level of competitiveness against current series drivers. A team listing with contact information can be found on the series website. Q: How do I get a license for USF2000?
A: The license application procedures and cost details are outlined in the "Licensing" tab under the "About" section on the series website. Licenses are required for all series open test days and race events. Private team test days do not require a license to participate. Q: How much does it cost for a full season of USF2000 racing?
A: The cost can vary considerably depending on what a team may include such as additional team testing, tire sets allotted, team location and more plus a team’s decision to help subsidize. Full budgets, without the above notations, are typically in the $200,000 to $275,000 range. Q: What does the USF2000 Champion earn?
A: The USF2000 series offers over $500,000 in prizes and awards to its competitors, which includes race-by-race prize money packages, contingency awards and season-ending awards. The series champion receives a prize package valued at nearly $400,000 to advance to the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship the following year.