USF2000 Announces 2011 Schedule
Consisting of 14 Races from March to Sept.
PALMETTO, Fla., Oct. 12 - Today officials of the "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda" released an exciting 2011 schedule for the series, which is part of both the Road to Indy and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports driver development programs.
Continuing its mission to stage its races at high-profile events, the 2011 schedule has grown to 14 races at eight events, which is an increase of two races from 2010.
The 2011 season opener is on St. Patrick's Day in March when the series supports one of the world's most prestigious endurance sports car races, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring, Fla. It closes in September when it is part of the Labor Day extravaganza at the brand-new street course event at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
The series will support IZOD IndyCar Series events four times. The series will also salute the past when it is part of the historic "Night Before the 500" show at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis a few hours before the Indianapolis 500 is held a few miles east.
The USF2000 series will also appear on the card for races staged by the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron four times. Two of those events will also feature the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The USF2000 series is committed to provide training on the three different types of tracks young drivers need to be proficient on before they reach the IZOD IndyCar Series, so the 2011 schedule consists of two oval-track races, four on temporary street circuits and eight on permanent road courses.
All of the events are doubleheaders except for the two oval-track races.
The races at Sebring and Baltimore as well as the events at the venerable Milwaukee Mile and the always-popular Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course are new venues for the series, which was revived in 2010 from the very popular USF2000 series of 1990 through 2006.
The top driver in the USF2000 series' Championship class earns a scholarship package from Mazda valued at $350,000 to help him or her advance to the Star Mazda series the following season. Andretti Autosport's Sage Karam of Nazareth, Pa. won that title in 2010.
The USF2000 series' National class is open to any car that meets the current SCCA Formula Continental regulations. The titlist in the National class receives a $20,000 awards package consisting of a new, race-ready Mazda MZR 2.0 engine and additional pieces that are needed to convert a Zetec Van Diemen to Mazda power. AcceleRace Motorsports' Ardie Greenamyer of Louisville, Ky. is the 2010 champion of the National class.
Drivers and teams wishing to test during the pre-season will be interested in the Cooper Tires Winterfest, a separate, two-event, five-race series that is being conducted at Sebring and Homestead, Fla. in January.