Drivers representing eight nations will converge on Exhibition Place in Toronto this weekend for the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of Toronto, Rounds 8 and 9 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
All of them will be vying for victory on one of the most challenging street circuits in North America.
RC Enerson of Florida leads the points chase in the car fielded by the family-run Team E Racing. Enerson won three of the first four races of the season but has failed to notch a podium finish from the three most recent events. Consequently, his lead has dwindled to nine points over Florian Latorre. The Frenchman has yet to win a race this season but has claimed two podium finishes since joining Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Teammate Jake Eidson has been knocking on the door of victory lane equally hard. The 19-year-old Colorado native also has three podium finishes.
Aside from Enerson, four drivers and teams have shared the victory spoils during the first half of the 14-race season. All are rookies. Brazilian Victor Franzoni (Afterburner Autosport), Aaron Telitz (ArmsUp Motorsports) and Adrian Starrantino (JAY Motorsports) currently hold fourth through sixth in the championship standings, while Will Owen (Pabst Racing), who won a thrilling wet-dry race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in May, stands ninth.
Other drivers to watch during this weekend's races will include a pair of young Canadians. Daniel Burkett, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has four top-five finishes for Belardi Auto Racing, while former F1600 star Nathan Blok, from Beachburg, Ontario, is returning after making his USF2000 debut at Indianapolis with a new team run by former IndyCar chief mechanic/team manager John Cummiskey.
Vancouver's James Dayson will be making his first appearance of 2014. Dayson, who finished third in the USF2000 National Class last year, missed the first half of the season with an injury.
Two drivers with strong ties to the Verizon IndyCar Series are Austin Cindric (Pabst Racing), 15, whose father, Tim Cindric, is the president of Penske Racing, and Colton Herta, the 14-year-old son of current team owner and former Indy Lights champion Bryan Herta. Both are expected to be among the front-runners.