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 here. Q: How do I get a license for USF2000?
A: The license application procedures and cost details are outlined here. 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 $463,000 in prizes and awards to its competitors, which includes race-by-race prize money packages, contingency awards (Tilton Hard Charger, PFC, Staubli, Race Energy and RePlay XD Move of the Race awards) and season-ending awards. The series champion receives a prize package valued at over $378,000 to advance to the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship the following year. A full breakdown is available here