U.S. F2000 ANNOUNCES 14-RACE Y2K SCHEDULE
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (January 5, 2000) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented By Speedvision has announced its 14-race 2000 Schedule, including a three-race Oval Crown Championship and 11-race American Continental Championship.
Geared to train the best young drivers in the world, the U.S. F2000's schedule features a mixture of short ovals, temporary road circuits and natural terrain tracks spread over nine high-exposure weekends.
For the second consecutive year, Phoenix International Raceway will host the season opener for both the National and the Oval Crown Championships, as part of the Indy Racing League weekend, March 19. Rounds Two and Three of the 2000 campaign come with the series' first trip across the Canadian border for the traditional BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am/Speedvision World Challenge Victoria Day weekend doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway, May 20-21.
The following weekend marks the U.S. F2000's return to the 0.686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval for the first-time since 1996. The May 27 race will be part of the Budweiser Night Before the 500 festivities which lead up to the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500, May 28.
Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, Colo., again marks the final round of the Oval Crown Championship -- the 1.0-mile oval hosting National Championship Round Five in support of the IRL, June 17. After a three-week layoff, the series travels to Elkhart Lake, Wis. for its second appearance (and first since 1993) at Road America, July 8-9, part of the Grand American Road Racing Association/Speedvision World Challenge weekend.
July 30 will mark the season's eighth round, at a venue to be announced shortly.
For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. F2000 joins the CART FedEx Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 12-13, for a doubleheader. Two weekends later, the U.S. F2000 returns to picturesque upsate New York and Watkins Glen International after a season layoff for a doubleheader on the August 26-27 Grand-Am Bosch Sports Car Summerfest weekend.
For its final two rounds of 2000, the U.S. F2000 returns to Road Atlanta as part of the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans Weekend, September 29-30.
"We feel the our 2000 schedule is our strongest ever," said series co-owner Dan Andersen. "Our five natural terrain road courses are among the finest anywhere, the Oval Crown features two great one-mile tracks and our return to the exciting Budweiser Night Before the 500."
"Our consistent efforts to put together the best possible schedule have really paid off this year, with nine high-profile weekends for our young drivers to display their potential."
Currently, series organizers are in negotiations with the new 2.7-mile Aruba Motorsports Complex road course for a possible non-points winter championship race.
2000 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Round Date Circuit With
*1, March 19, Phoenix International Raceway, Indy Racing League Phoenix, Ariz. 1.0-mile oval
**2-3, May 20-21, Mosport International Raceway, BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series/Speedvision World Challenge Bowmanville, Ont., Can. 2.459-mile road course
*4, May 27, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Budweiser Night Before the 500/USAC Midgets/84th Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Ind. 0.686-mile oval
*5, June 17, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Indy Racing League Fountain, Colo. 1.0-mile oval
**6-7, July 8-9, Road America, Grand American Road Racing Association Elkhart Lake, Wis. 4.048-mile road course
8, July 30, TBA
**9-10, August 12-13, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, CART FedEx Championship Series Lexington, Ohio 2.258-mile road course
**11-12, August 26-27, Watkins Glen International, Grand American Road Racing Association Watkins Glen, N.Y. 3.4-mile road course
**13-14, September 29-30, Road Atlanta, American Le Mans Series/Speedvision World Challenge Braselton, Ga. 2.52-mile road course
* - Oval Crown Championship Round ** - American Continental Championship Round (for older cars)