NA-F2000: U.S. F2000 announces 2001 schedule

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (January 19, 2001) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision has announced its 14-race 2001 schedule, including the four-race Oval Crown Championship. The 2001 schedule features a return to three ...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (January 19, 2001) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision has announced its 14-race 2001 schedule, including the four-race Oval Crown Championship. The 2001 schedule features a return to three venues competed on last year, as well as the addition of four new tracks, of which two have been raced on previously in years past. In the first year under new sanctioning from the Grand American Road Racing, the U.S. F2000 schedule once again features a good mixture of circuits. Competing on four ovals and five traditional road courses the series is geared to train the world's best young drivers. The 2001 U.S. F2000 season starts March 3, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Racing at south Florida's premier motorsports complex for the first-time since 1998, the series will compete on the 2.21-mile road course in conjunction with Grand-Am. The U.S. F2000 National Championship returns to Homestead, April 7-8, for Rounds Two and Three on the 1.4-mile modified oval in conjunction with the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.

Following a six-week layoff, the series returns May 19-20 for Rounds Four and Five at Watkins Glen International. The series will compete on the legendary 3.4-mile long course as part of the Sports Car Grand Prix. On Memorial Day weekend the U.S. F2000 returns to Indianapolis to take part in the prestigious Night Before the 500. Competing on the 0.686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park oval the series will race under the lights for the second consecutive year and sixth time in the last nine years. Rounds Seven and Eight mark the series return to the picturesque Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after a one-year absence. Racing in support of Grand-Am, the series will use the 2.25-mile track configuration for the June 9-10 doubleheader. The weekend of July 7-8 the series travels to Wisconsin to race on the historic 4.0-mile Elkhart Lake circuit. The series will once again race in support of Grand-Am as part of the Road America 500. After a three-week layoff the series makes its first-ever appearance at the Target Grand Prix. Racing in conjunction with the CART FedEx Championship, the series will contest the final round of the Oval Crown Championship on 1.029-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval. The series follows CART August 11 for a return trip to Mid-Ohio for Round 12, as part of the Miller Lite 200. The 2001 season concludes September 15-16 at Daytona International Speedway with Rounds 13 and 14. Racing in conjunction with Grand-Am the U.S. F2000 National Championship will compete on the 3.56-mile road course for the first time in series history. "The 2001 schedule may be our strongest ever," said series co-owner Dan Andersen. "We are very pleased to be able to race on nine high-profile weekends in support of CART, Grand-Am and the IRL. It is our belief that we not only provide the best training for the open-wheel stars of tomorrow, but also showcase some of the best racing in North America."

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