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2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

[Visit RoadToIndy.Info for a full overview of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.]

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is the first official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires - a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the series champion will earn a scholarship package to advance to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the ladder system.

Christian Rasmussen of Jay Howard Driver Development claimed the 2020 championship and a scholarship valued at $328,225 which includes guaranteed entry into a full calendar of Indy Pro 2000 in 2021 as well as an Indy Lights test at the end of season.

In 2021, the champion's scholarship will increase to a value of $401,305 and will again guarantee a full season of competition in Indy Pro 2000 in 2022. In total, over $470,600 in prize money and awards are on offer including the Cooper Tires Pole Award at $1,000 per race.

The Tatuus USF-17, introduced in 2017 will continue through 2026, with updates in both 2021 and 2022, providing drivers with the proper training aboard a state-of-the-art chassis as they advance up the motorsports ladder.

HISTORY

USF2000 has served as a formative step for drivers dating back to 1990. Drivers who have honed their skills in the series include Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice and sports car talents Lawson Aschenbach, Austin Cindric, Andy Lally, Bryan Sellars and Jonathan Bomarito. Recent graduates include Spencer Pigot, Colton Herta, Zach Veach, Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay to name a few.

2021 SCHEDULE - Eight Events, 18 Races

ROUND DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 6/7
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course
3/4
April 10/11
Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
5/6/7
May 14/15
Indianapolis Motor Speedway    
2.439-mile road course
8
May 28
Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
9/10  
June 19/20
Road America
4.014-mile road course
11/12/13     
July 3/4
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course    
2.258-mile road course
14/15 July 10/11
Streets of Toronto
1.786-mile street circuit
 16/17/18 August 28/29  
New Jersey Motorsports Park
2.14-mile road course

The annual Spring Training for USF2000 will take place at the Homestead-Miami road course on February 22/23. Six pre-event test days include Barber Motorsports Park on April 8, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 13, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 27, Road America on June 18, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 1 and New Jersey Motorsports Park on August 27.

SERIES PARTNERS

Cooper Tires, AiM Sports, Allied Building Products, AMR INDYCAR Safety Team, Bell Helmets, Carl Haas Auto, Cosworth, Dynamic Suspensions, Elite Engines, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Hyperco, INDYCAR Ministry, Kids On Track, Lucas Oil School of Racing, PFC Brakes, RACER, Racer Ink, Racing Communications, Rotiform, Sabelt, SimMetric Driver Performance Labs, Tatuus, Tilton, Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand, VP Racing Fuels

COVERAGE

Coverage of USF2000 will feature worldwide live streaming on RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and the series’ respective website indypro2000.com as well as live and on demand coverage on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

DRIVERS

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship is open to drivers age 15 and up (with 14-year-olds eligible pending review and acceptance of a driving resume by the series and approval by INDYCAR).

CARS

The Tatuus USF-17 was introduced in 2017 and will remain in competition through the end of 2026. It is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis meeting current FIA F4 safety standards and utilizes the Mazda MZR 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with additional safety features to meet the specific needs of racing in the United States. These features include full Zylon side intrusion panels and reinforced bulkheads to strengthen the chassis for racing on oval circuits. The USF-17 also features other upgrades such as a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, four-way adjustable dampers, specific design aluminum Motegi Racing wheels, Cosworth data system, LCD steering wheel and ECU, four piston caliper PFC brakes and IndyCar-specific quick jack and roll hoop attachments. 

VP Racing Fuels is the Official Fuel of USF2000.

ENGINES

The USF-17 is powered by the Mazda MZR 2-liter powerplant prepared by Elite Engines which produces 175 HP and maximum torque of 160 Ft. Lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

TIRES

Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The Road to Indy Summit and Oval Clinic is a three-part educational and promotional program held during the season. The platform provides valuable education on a variety of topics including marketing/business, media training, career growth and development, fitness and wellness, social media and a comprehensive introduction to oval track racing led by industry experts. It also features activities such as high-profile autograph sessions and fan Q&As, networking reception, team owner meet-and-greets and race shop tours.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Christian Brooks 1:11.9662 = 90.042 mph 10/24/2020
  Race:  Kiko Porto 1:12.2279 = 89.716mph 10/25/2020
 Barber Motorsports Park
Qualifying:  Michael Epps
1:23.009 = 99.748 mph
2/25/2014
  Race: RC Enerson
1:23.456 = 99.214 mph
2/26/2014
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC        Qualifying: Braden Eves    
1:24.5396 = 103.861 mph 5/10/2019
  Race: Braden Eves
1:24.7440 = 103.611 mph     
5/11/2019
 Lucas Oil Raceway
Qualifying: Aaron Justus
20.930 = 117.993 mph
5/25/2002 
  Qualifying: Scott Hargrove
42.833 = 115.313 mph+ 
5/25/2013
  Race: Bryan Sellers
21.016 = 117.510 mph
5/25/2002
 Road America Qualifying: Rasmus Lindh 2:09.2583 = 111.795 mph 6/22/2018
  Race: Scott Anderson 2:09.656 = 111.452 mph 8/17/2012
 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: Matthew Brabham 1:20.250 = 101.293 mph 8/4/2012
  Race: Kyle Kirkwood 1:21.2979 = 99.988 mph 7/29/2018
 Streets of Toronto
Qualifying: Kaylen Frederick
1:10.7699 = 90.852 mph
7/14/2018
  Race:  Rasmus Lindh
1:10.9853 = 90.576 mph
7/15/2018 
 New Jersey Motorsports Park
Qualifying:  Eduardo Barrichello
1:17.1488 = 99.859 mph
10/10/2020
  Race: Nolan Siegel
1:17.7495 = 99.087mph
10/11/2020

+ = two lap average  

MILESTONES

 Most Starts   Scott Rubenzer          72               1992-2006
 Most Wins  Chris Simmons 13    1992-1994
 Most Wins in a Season  J.R. Hildebrand 12  2006
   Kyle Kirkwood 12  2018
 Most Poles  Nico Jamin 13  2015
 Most Poles in a Season  Nico Jamin 13  2015
 Most Podiums  Jake Eidson 22  2014-2015
 Most Podiums in a Season     Nico Jamin 15   2015

                  

POINT SYSTEM

ROAD/STREET COURSES

1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1

7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap

OVALS

1st............................... 45              8th...............................20             15th............................ 9
2nd.............................. 38             9th................................18             16th............................ 8
3rd............................... 33             10th..............................17             17th............................ 6
4th............................... 29             11th..............................15             18th............................ 5
5th............................... 26             12th..............................14             19th............................ 3
6th............................... 23             13th..............................12             20th+.......................... 2

7th............................... 21             14th..............................11

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

 

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

Past Champions:

 Year          Champion                                  Team 
 2020  Christian Rasmussen
 Jay Howard Driver Development
 2019  Braden Eves
 Cape Motorsports
 2018  Kyle Kirkwood
 Cape Motorsports
 2017  Oliver Askew  Cape Motorsports
 2016  Anthony Martin  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2015  Nico Jamin  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2014  Florian Latorre  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2013  Scott Hargrove  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2012  Matthew Brabham  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2011  Petri Suvanto  Cape Motorsports w/Wayne Taylor Racing
 2010  Sage Karam  Andretti Autosport
 2006  J.R. Hildebrand  Cape Motorsports
 2005  Jay Howard   Aiken Racing
 2004  Bobby Wilson  Cape Motorsports
 2003  Jonathan Bomarito   PR1 Motorsports
 2002  Bryan Sellers  Cape Motorsports
 2001  Jason Lapoint   Richard Morgan Racing
 2000  Aaron Justus  Cape Motorsports
 1999  Dan Wheldon  Primus Racing
 1998  David Besnard  Primus Racing
 1997   Zak Morioka  Hayes Motorsports
 1996  Steve Knapp  Miller Motorsports
 1995  Jeret Schroeder   Schroeder Racing
 1994   Clay Collier  Ruyle Race Service
 1994*  Mike Borkowski   Falcon Racing
 1993E  Chris Simmons  SOTARE Racing
 1993W  David DeSilva  Pfeiffer Ridge Racing
 1993*   Ernest Sikes  Primus Racing
 1992E  Chris Simmons  SOTARE Racing
 1992W  Greg Moore  Team Viper
 1992*   Greg Ray  Primus Racing
 1991   Craig Taylor  Craig Taylor
 1990   Vince Puleo  Fast Forward Racing

 Note:
 1990-1994              USAC FF2000
 1992-1993   Separate East and West Championships
 *1992-1994  SCCA American Continental Championship
 1995  USAC/SCCA FF2000
 1996-2006  USF2000
 2010-  USF2000

 


1:26.4672 = 101.546 mph