Road America to Complete 2005 Cooper Tires Championship Series Schedule St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 6, 2005) -- The schedule for this year's blossoming Cooper Tires Championship Series for Formula Ford 2000 cars has been completed following ...
Road America to Complete 2005 Cooper Tires Championship Series Schedule
St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 6, 2005) -- The schedule for this year's blossoming Cooper Tires Championship Series for Formula Ford 2000 cars has been completed following confirmation today that Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., will host a pair of races the weekend of August 5-7.
The Cooper Series races will form part of what promises to be a feast of automotive entertainment at the Ferrari Maserati Racing Days, which also will comprise rounds of the Ferrari 360 Challenge and the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge featuring a mouth-watering array of rare and exotic Italian cars.
"I need to say a big thank-you to [Road America President and General Manager] George Bruggenthies for making this possible," said Cooper Series President Jon Baytos. "We already have some great tracks on our schedule this year, but adding Road America is like the icing on the cake. It's just a great race track with long straightaways and tight turns, so the racing is always sensational."
Road America, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, is situated amid rolling hills an hour or so north of Milwaukee. It is renowned as one of North America's fastest and most challenging road courses, featuring four miles of high-speed excitement and significant elevation changes which traditionally push the cars and drivers to their limits.
"We always love going to Road America, and everybody was raving about our races there last year because we had our biggest field of the season (35 cars) and there was all sorts of action going on," said Baytos. "This year is going to be even better because I'm expecting even more cars and the quality is going to be great."
The 2005 Cooper Series kicked off in fine style last month at Road Atlanta (Ga.), where a 37-car field was vanquished in impressive style by talented young Englishman Jay Howard. The next two events will be held in Ohio -- on May 20-22 as part of the American Le Mans Series weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington; and supporting the Champ Car World Series at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport on June 24-26.
The Cooper Series, sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association, represents one of the first rungs on the professional open-wheel auto racing ladder in North America. It features modern, purpose-built, single-seat race cars powered by either four-cylinder, double-overhead cam, fuel-injected 2.0-liter Ford Zetec engines, which produce around 170 hp, or the older, slightly less powerful, carbureted 2.0-liter Ford "Pinto" engines. The cars employ "slick" (treadless) Cooper Zeon racing tires and are capable of speeds in excess of 140 mph.
A long and illustrious list of top-line drivers have graduated through Formula Ford 2000, including 1996 Champ Car World Series titlist Jimmy Vasser, two-time Indy Racing League Champion Sam Hornish Jr. and current IRL points leader Dan Wheldon.