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USF2000 – Celebrating 30+ Seasons and Going Strong

For more than 30 years, USF2000 has earned its reputation as the entry-level pro series of choice for career-minded open-wheel drivers. The story started in 1990 when Doug Powell launched the West Coast-based USAC F2000 series. Two years later in 1992, Dan Andersen (alongside partner Mike Foschi) started an Eastern version of the series, and the SCCA simultaneously introduced its own version, called the American Continental Championship. All three series utilized the same F2000 technical regulations. 

During the 1994 season, the Eastern USAC F2000 series absorbed both the Western and SCCA series, and a unified series now called the USF2000 Championship debuted in 1995 under the management of Andersen’s organization. The championship blossomed, enjoying strong fields of 40-60 cars per event, and many of its alumni climbed the ladder to the top seats in open-wheel and sports car racing. 

USF2000 continued to gain in strength and recognition in the ensuing seasons, and in 2001, management was turned over to Jon Baytos, who continued its operation until the conclusion of the 2006 season. For three years no events were run under the USF2000 banner, but in late 2009, with encouragement from INDYCAR, Dan Andersen resurrected the USF2000 Championship, which celebrated its 30th season of competition in 2022 as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Throughout its existence, USF2000 has included events on three types of venues popular in North America – natural road courses, street (or temporary) circuits and ovals. To provide proper training for drivers advancing to NTT INDYCAR SERIES careers, the three track genres are essential. 

The current USF2000 series benefits from a significant partnership with Cooper Tires and an association with INDYCAR services on event weekends for Race Control, Timing & Scoring and the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team.

The new Tatuus USF-22 debuted in 2022 with upgrades that include a new, wider monocoque with the addition of a Halo-type device as well as new sidepods, underfloor, engine cover, air ducts, damper covers and fuel cell, providing drivers with the proper training aboard a state-of-the-art chassis as they advance up the motorsports ladder.

Competitors enjoy a terrific schedule of high profile events, the majority in support of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, culminating in a scholarship and prize package to ensure the champion’s graduation to the next level, USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires. A thorough training program provided by both the series staff, make it the clear choice for aspiring drivers. The series maintains a cost-effective platform with appropriate restrictions on teams to curb any excessive spending, and the resulting competition is fantastic. 

USF2000 Presented by Cooper Tires is where tomorrow’s stars race today.