no images were foundThe Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda is positioning itself to be the premier F2000 series in North America by reaching out to various amateur and semi-pro formula series throughout the country by offering scholarships to various SCCA, Formula Ford, and F2000 competitors to step up to the US F2000 National Championship. I understand that there’s some bitterness in the F2000 community about US F2000, but it is the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy program and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder. That’s not just whistling Dixie! Its what makes the US F2000 series immediately the most relevant national F2000 series.
There are some really great drivers in the various SCCA formula car classes, and these incentives to compete in the US F2000 National Championship and pursue an eventual opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Hopefully, these continued incentives will help build the grid sizes for the series. Last year there were only a handful of racers. Granted, it was the first year back for the series, but it would be great to see 20+ cars on the grid. That could make for some really incredible racing!
Lastly, let me say that we should all go out and support our more grassroots racing programs, such as the SCCA national and regional events. Check your local track, and see when the regional SCCA groups will be racing. You won’t regret going to watch.
Palmetto, Fla. (February 22, 2011) – Andersen Promotions, administrator of the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda, today unveiled an enhanced incentive awards program designed to assist drivers in SCCA, International Formula Ford and North American F2000 competition to advance their careers to the USF2000 series in 2012. The awards are valued at $108,400 which represents a $37,000 increase in incentives from 2010.
“We are delighted to be able to continue and increase our program of incentive awards to assist the next generation of open-wheel talent,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “The landscape of racing has changed and now there is a clearly defined path for drivers wanting to reach the top level of the sport with the Mazda Road to Indy program and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder. The USF2000 Series is the first official rung on the ladder system and we want to reach out to drivers around the world to help make this step a reality with award packages to offset entry fees.”
A total of $32,400 in contingency awards is on offer for first and second-place finishers in each of nine national rounds of the SCCA Club Racing “Super Sweep” program. An awards program valued at $20,000 is also on offer for winners in four classes at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Eligibility is open to the Formula Mazda, Formula Continental, Formula Ford and Formula SCCA single-seat, open-wheel classes.
Internationally, Andersen Promotions continues its support of drivers in the British Formula Ford Festival – the British Racing & Sports Car Club’s ‘blue riband’ event highlighting young talent from around the globe – with $21,200 in awards offered to the winner and runner-up in the Duratec class. Awards totaling $20,000 in value are also being offered to champions in four worldwide Formula Ford series (British, Australian, Benelux and Canadian).
In North America, $14,800 in awards has been earmarked for the top finishers in the 2011 F2000 and Pacific F2000 Championships.
All award programs will be managed by Andersen Promotions, with the exception of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs which will be administered by the SCCA. Pre-registration in all programs is required and a registration form for the SCCA “Super Sweep” awards is available at www.usf2000.com. For drivers interested in the international and F2000 awards, please contact the series office at (941) 723-3900 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.