DEARBORN, Mich., June 26, 2001 - The sale of the Ford-backed U.S. F2000 National Championship Series was finalized last week with Primus Racing, Ltd., taking ownership of the 14-race open-wheel developmental series. The U.S. F2000 National ...
DEARBORN, Mich., June 26, 2001 - The sale of the Ford-backed U.S. F2000 National Championship Series was finalized last week with Primus Racing, Ltd., taking ownership of the 14-race open-wheel developmental series.
The U.S. F2000 National Championship Series had been owned and operated by Formula Motorsports, Inc. since 1991. Ford will continue its support of F2000 with the goal to provide highly competitive, cost-effective racing for professional drivers, mechanics, engineers and team owners launching careers in open-wheel racing.
Ford developed Formula Ford 2000 racing in 1974 in Great Britain to provide another developmental series between the already popular FF1600 and F3 series'. Formula Ford 2000 added wings to the basic FF1600 chassis and introduced racing slick tires and a two-litre single overhead cam Ford Pinto engine, providing a less powerful and more durable racing engine with top speeds of over 150 mph.
Over the past 25 years, the Formula Ford series has traveled to a number of countries and tracks. During this time, the series has raced across Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Venezuela and the U.S., over a mix of ovals, street circuits and traditional road courses.
While the series enjoyed success in the Great Britain and European markets, it also flourished in North America. Formula Ford 2000 quickly established itself as a breeding grounds for young talent, and a key stepping stone in professional motorsports.
With the backing from Ford, the F2000 series attracted a host of young talent. Ford prides itself on developing future drivers and race teams and the success of past F2000 drivers is proof that Formula Ford is accomplishing this feat.
The list of F2000 North American alumni include; current CART Series drivers Alex Tagliani, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron, Paul Tracy and Memo Gidley, former Indy Racing Northern Lights Champion Greg Ray, 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Champion Buddy Rice, 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Rookie of the Year Daniel Wheldon, and the late Greg Moore.