USF2000 and Pirelli World Challenge Are Solid with Green-Savoree
While I thoroughly enjoy the IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, I must admit that my favourite parts of the weekend are the USF2000 and World Challenge races. The USF2000 races this year have seen a huge increase in participation level, with grid sizes routinely in the high 20s and sometimes in the 30s. The SCCA World Challenge has also seen a high level of participation in its three classes. The variety of machines, Championship, Formula Continental, and Formula Enterprise cars in USF2000, and the multitude of makes and models in GT, GTS, and TC classes in World Challenge, make for a very interesting race to watch. One of the things missing from the IndyCar Series at the moment is the ability to distinguish the different manufacturers by the sound of their engines. In World Challenge, that’s very easy with the classic American V8 growl of the Cadillacs, the characteristic pitch of the Porsches that only a flat-6 can provide, and the unmistakable sound of the rumble of the Volvo turbo diesel motors. In USF2000, I love seeing the different chassis designs between the FC and FE cars, and with both series, the variety of cars and talent result in some epic racing action!
This week, Green Savoree Racing Promotions announced that it will welcome back USF2000 and World Challenge to its three circuits, the Streets of St. Petersburg, the Streets of Toronto, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as support series to the IZOD IndyCar Series for at least the next two years. This is great news not only for USF2000 and World Challenge, but also for IndyCar. Coming to the track to see the IndyCars is always enjoyable, but the thing that makes Mid-Ohio a must-attend event for me, my father, and OpenPaddock Live co-host Mike Whitesell, is the added value of getting to see not only IndyCar, but also the great support series action. It adds value to the event and makes for a much more fun and fulfilling weekend for the fans. Get your hotel reservations in now! When you come to Mid-Ohio, look for me, my dad, and Mike in the Esses outside of Turn 5. I’m sure that we’ll have a beer, margarita, and/or a cigar waiting for you.
GREEN SAVOREE RACING PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIPS WITH WORLD CHALLENGE AND USF2000
Two series to support tracks’ IZOD IndyCar Series events
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (October 9, 2012) – Green Savoree Racing Promotions announced a pair of agreements with Pirelli World Challenge and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
These partnerships ensure the owners of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Honda Indy Toronto will have both exciting series run at each track through 2014. Pirelli World Challenge and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will support the IZOD IndyCar Series events at all three tracks next year, competing at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 22-24, the Honda Indy Toronto on July 12-14 and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 2-4 in 2013.
“Both World Challenge and USF2000 have been great series for everyone involved from manufacturers, tracks, drivers and of course, the fans,” said Kim Green, owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “We’re looking forward to having great racing at our tracks in 2013 and beyond and these series will no doubt help us fulfill that mission.”
Pirelli World Challenge made its first appearance at Mid-Ohio in 1994 and has had the track on its schedule 14 times, including every year since 2002. The series has run at St. Petersburg eight times since 1990, each year from 2010 to present. Toronto has played host to World Challenge twice previously, in 2007 and 2010.
“The Pirelli World Challenge Championships looks forward to once again opening the season in St. Petersburg. Signing this multi-year global track agreement secures the series to some of the best and most popular events on our schedule. The teams, drivers and all of our partners are thrilled to visit these tracks. We thank Green Savoree for working with us to secure such an asset to our series,” said Scott Bove, president and CEO of WC Vision, marketing and license holders of World Challenge.
USF2000 debuted at Mid-Ohio in 1995 and has run at the Lexington, Ohio circuit 12 times, returning on the schedule in 2011 after a five-year break. The series made its first appearance at St. Petersburg in 2010. USF2000 will be holding its inaugural pair of races at Toronto in 2013.
“I am delighted to confirm an extended relationship with Green Savoree for three fantastic events,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “Our history with Mid-Ohio extends well into the past, and we have always enjoyed bringing our show to this premier road course. St. Petersburg has become our ‘home’ venue, with our main offices and facilities nearby, and Toronto has long been on my wish list of events to add. Green Savoree provides one of the best operational organizations and we are very pleased to become a long-term partner. I know our young stars of tomorrow will put on great shows for the fans.”
Founded in 2009 by veteran motorsports executives Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, Green Savoree Racing Promotions is a privately held motorsports event ownership and management company. In working together since 1993, Green and Savoree have won four IndyCar championships, three Indy 500s and the 12 Hours of Sebring as team principals, and established the Indy Racing League’s first street race in 2004. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the firm owns and promotes multiple professional racing events in North America, including Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, The Mid-Ohio School, Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. More information about the company is available at gpstpete.com, hondaindytoronto.com and midohio.com.
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