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Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

Cooper Tires USF2000

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is the first official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires - a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport.

The series champion will earn a scholarship package valued at $305,600 to advance to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the ladder system, in 2020. Kyle Kirkwood of Cape Motorsports claimed the 2018 USF2000 champion’s title with an impressive season that saw him tie J.R. Hildebrand’s 2006 record of 12 wins in a season.

Last December, 20 drivers under the age of 25, from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, were invited to attend a shootout at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz. Up for grabs was a $200,000 Mazda Scholarship to progress into USF2000, which has been at the forefront of driver development since being introduced from Europe as a National Championship in 1990.

The F2000 concept dates back even longer, to 1974, when it was first introduced in England as a stepping stone in between Formula Ford and Formula 3. The USF2000 championship has seen a host of talented alumni make their way up to the pinnacle of the sport, including Greg Moore, Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Dan Wheldon, J.R. Hildebrand, Dane Cameron and Spencer Pigot, to name but a few.

Hunter McElrea is the most recent youngster who aspires to follow in their footsteps after winning the shootout. He will make his USF2000 debut with Pabst Racing.

History

USF2000 has served as a formative step for drivers dating back to 1990. Drivers who have honed their skills in the series include Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice and sports car talents Lawson Aschenbach, Austin Cindric, Andy Lally, Bryan Sellers and Jonathan Bomarito. Recent graduates include rising stars Oliver Askew, Kyle Kirkwood, Colton Herta, Spencer Pigot, Aaron Telitz and Zach Veach.

Drivers

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship is open to drivers age 15 and up (with 14-year-olds eligible pending review and acceptance of a driving resume by the series and approval by INDYCAR).