F2000 Championship Series Finalizes 2009 Schedule
Sharon, CT -- The F2000 Championship Series today finalized its 2009 schedule. The series, now in its fourth year, is positioned firmly on the North American open wheel ladder system and features a deeply talented field, offering the best professional entry level program for both seasoned and aspiring drivers.
Entrants will see a balance of quality track time at premier tracks while getting exposure at high profile events.
The 2009 schedule, composed of six double-race weekends, is set to kick off on Easter weekend, April 9th-11th, at VIRginia International Raceway, which has hosted the season opener for the last four years and was the site of the first ever F2000 Championship Series weekend in 2006.
From there the series heads to the recently renovated Lime Rock Park on Memorial Day Weekend. F2000 will share the track with Grand-Am, World Challenge and Historic Grand Prix.
On the weekend of June 14th, the series will head north of the border and return to Mosport with CASCAR.
Then it's onto Watkins Glen, July 2nd to the 5th, with the IRL Indy Car Series. After that, F2000 invades Summit Point highlighting an all open-wheel weekend, July 16-19th, before closing out the season at Mid-Ohio, August 13-16th.
Series Managing Director Michael Rand added, "With three full seasons behind us we find ourselves returning to three of the tracks run virtually every year [VIR, Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio] as well as one we haven't run since 2007 [Lime Rock Park] and one we have not visited since our inaugural season of 2006 [Summit Point] as well as a return visit to Mosport, it is sure to be an interesting season for both new entries and the regulars. The crown jewel will be supporting the Indy Cars at Watkins Glen over the 4th of July weekend, we expect a huge field."
With 2008 F2000 Championship Series Champion Anders Krohn moving up the ladder to Star Mazda, the championship is literally wide open as the series heads to VIR in April. Most of the drivers who finished in the top 10 in the 2008 points rankings are expected back to contend for the 2009 championship among a crop of competitive rookies. Teams and drivers are expected to announce their programs shortly.