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2020 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.

Braden Eves of Cape Motorsports claimed the 2019 champion's title - by a mere five points after a thrilling battle with Hunter McElrea of Pabst Racing - and earned a scholarship valued at $305,600 to advance to Indy Pro 2000 in 2020. In total, 10 different drivers representing seven teams made their way to the podium in the 15 rounds on deck in 2019, and five different drivers captured race wins.

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.

SCHEDULE 

The USF2000 series will see 18 races at nine premier events headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series consisting of six road course, two street circuit and one oval event. In support of the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 will return for the Carb Night Classic on May 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

ROUND     
DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 14/15
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit*
3/4
April 25/26
Circuit of The Americas
3.41-mile road course*
5/6/7
May 8/9
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**
8
May 22 Lucas Oil Raceway 0.686-mile oval
9/10
June 20/21 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
11/12
July 11/12
Streets of Toronto, Ontario
1.755-mile street circuit*
13/14 August 15/16
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
15/16 September 5/6
Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course*
17/18 September 19/20     
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca    
2.238-mile road course*

*Doubleheader Round        **Tripleheader Round

2019 test days are scheduled for the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on March 7/8, Circuit of The Americas on April 23, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 7, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 11, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13 and Portland International Raceway on September 3 for a total of seven series tests.

SERIES PARTNERS

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

COVERAGE

USF2000 will feature global live streaming of all sessions on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV, USF2000.com and indycar.com.

The popular RoadToIndy.TV, which enters its seventh season in 2020, will continue to provide behind-the-scenes content, race recap episodes and special features on Road to Indy teams and competitors to a worldwide audience.

In 2016, the Road to Indy became the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku and, most recently, the Xbox One Official App.

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 until at least 2024. 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.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The 2020 champion will receive a scholarship prize package valued at $313,800 to advance to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2020. The total event and year-end prize package is valued at over $433,000.

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. Additionally, the current points leader will pace the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field on Carb Day and be interviewed in front of the Indianapolis 500 crowd only minutes before the race.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 
 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Alex Baron 1:12.2574 = 89.679 mph 3/10/2018
  Race:  Alex Baron 1:12.2664 = 89.668 mph 3/10/2018
 Circuit of The Americas
New Venue
   
  New Venue
   
 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: Brian Sellers
21.134 = 116.854 mph
5/25/2002 
  Qualifying: Scott Hargrove
42.833 = 115.313 mph+ 
5/25/2013
  Race: Brian 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
 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 
 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
 Portland International Raceway
Qualifying:  Rasmus Lindh
1:10.9038 = 99.718 mph
9/1/2018
  Race: Kyle Kirkwood
1:11.2101 = 99.289 mph
9/1/2018
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Qualifying:  Sage Karam
1:23.959 = 95.961 mph
5/22/2010
  Race: Mikhail Goikhberg
1:24.566 = 95.272 mph
5/23/2010

+ = 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............................ 4
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 
 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