The 1999 US F2000 National Championship, sanctioned by the United States Auto Club and the Sports Car Club of America – Pro Racing, is an open-wheel series for Formula 2000 race cars. The series receives support from the Ford Motor Company, Yokohama Tires, Sunoco Racing Fuels and Racing Electronics.

The championship consists of fourteen races and is contested on road courses and ovals. The season begins in March on the oval at Phoenix International Raceway and end with a double-header at Sebring International in October.

  • Phoenix International Raceway – March 28
  • Lowe's Motor Speedway – April 30
  • Lowe's Motor Speedway – May 1
  • Mosport International Raceway – May 22
  • Mosport International Raceway – May 23
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – June 5
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway – July 17
  • Road Atlanta – July 24
  • Road Atlanta – July 25
  • Trois-Rivieres – August 1
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – August 14
  • Pikes Peak International Raceway – August 29
  • Sebring International Raceway – October 16
  • Sebring International Raceway – October 16

The cars competing in the series are single-seat, rear-engine, open-wheel vehicles constructed with a tube frame chassis. Manufacturers producing series chassis include Carbir, Mygale, Tatuus, Vector and the most common choice, Van Diemen. These 1,190-lbs formula cars are powered by a 2.0-liter Ford NEA engine fitted with a single Weber DGV carburetor. At 6,200-rpm, the motors produce approximately 150-horsepower. The suspensions are independent – both front and rear. Shock absorbers and sway bars are adjustable. The cars compete on a spec tire from Yokohama and use a spec fuel provided by Sunoco.

Drivers compete in one of two classes:

  • F2A – This category is for newer cars. Competitors score points on the road courses and ovals to secure the National Championship. There is also the Road to Indy Oval Crown for the driver who performs the best in the oval events.
  • ACC – The American Continental Championship is for cars built from 1990 to 1999. Drivers in this division score points on the road courses. This class was introduced to provide an economical means for drivers and teams to enter the series.

Titles are also on the line for Chassis Manufacturers, Engine Builders and Prep Shops.

The US F2000 National Championship visited Mosport International Raceway for a doubleheader event on the Victoria Day long weekend. Drivers would be competing in a two twenty-lap contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

The start of Saturday’s race for round four of the 1999 US F2000 National Championship. For the first time, Aaron Justus is on the pole this season in the No. 24 Torco Racing Lubricants Van Diemen RF99. Beside Justus is the second-fastest qualifier, Marc-Antoine Camirand, driving the No. 96 Van Diemen RF99 prepared by Key Motorsport. Row two is occupied by point’s leader, Dan Weldon and Mark Dismore.
Quebec’s Marc-Antoine Camirand opened the season a Phoenix with a flag-to-flag victory. However, the oval at Lowe’s Motor Speedway wasn’t as kind. Mosport, a track he is familiar with, would provide Camirand with an opportunity to redeem himself. Unfortunately, he damaged the car severely in the first practice session. Repairs were successful as Camirand captured first and second-place finishes and grabbed the points lead.
The championship leader entering the Victoria Day long weekend event was Britain’s, Dan Weldon. Weldon was campaigning the No. 5 Van Diemen. His record included a victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and two runner-up results. Weldon qualified third fastest for Saturday’s contest, but a late-race off-course excursion took him out of contention. The next day, he bounced back with a victory.
The No. 19 DSTP Motorsports Mygale US-99 was driven by Bobby Oergel. Oergel captured last year’s US F2000 Oval Crown Championship Rookie-of-the-Year award. He finished outside the top ten in the season’s first event but collected a pair of fourth-place results at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Oergel qualified seventh fastest for the first race of the weekend and finished third. On Sunday, he grabbed another third place.
A field of twenty-eight US F2000 competitors round Mosport International Raceway’s corner ten in anticipation of the Starter’s flag. On the pole, for the second time this weekend, is the No. 24 Torco Racing Lubricants Van Diemen RF99 driven by Aaron Justus. On the outside of Justus is the second-fastest qualifier, Dan Weldon, in the No. 5 Primus Racing prepared Van Diemen RF99.
The winner of Saturday’s American Continental Championship category, for cars built from 1990 to 1997, was George Forgeois. Round four at Mosport International Raceway was his first US F2000 series start of the season. Forgeois qualified twentieth overall and second in class before collecting the victory. The next day, the driver of the No. 22 Café Noir Van Diemen RF97 retired with a suspension issue.
Guy Cosmo, driving the No. 12 Van Diemen, failed to finish rounds two and three at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. At Mosport International Raceway, Cosmo was the fastest in the American Continental Championship category but was the first retirement in race one. On Sunday, he went from ‘zero to hero.’ Cosmo started on the class pole and led from start to finish for a result of ninth overall.
The winner of the previous race was Aaron Justus. Justus piloted the No. 24 Torco Racing Lubricants Van Diemen RF99. He succeeded in qualifying on the pole for Saturday and Sunday’s contests. In race one, Justus was in third until Dan Weldon fell out of contention and collected a runner-up result. The following day, he was leading but was assessed a penalty for passing under a yellow flag and finished in fourteen-place.

12F2AMarc-Antoine CamirandKey Motorsport/Van Diemen RF9920-
21F2AAaron JustusTorco Racing Lubricants/Van Diemen RF9920-
37F2ABobby OergelRed Line Oil/Mygale US-9920-
44F2AMark E. Diemen RF9920-
55F2ASteve RikertRichard Morgan Racing/Van Diemen RF9920-
66F2ARolando QuintanillaTecate/Van Diemen RF9920-
712F2AIan LacyRed Line Oil/Mygale US-9920-
811F2AJonathan BottomsRoppe Corp./Van Diemen RF9920-
914F2AT.J. BellBell Helmets/Van Diemen RF9920-
108F2ABryce MillerVenture Marketing/Van Diemen RF9920-
119F2ADaniel MunizTexaco-Havoline/Van Diemen RF9920-
1213F2AHarold PrimatPrimland Resort/Van Diemen RF9920-
1322F2AAlejandro GarcíaDixie Numerics/Van Diemen RF9820-
1410F2AJacek MuchaOrion Packing/Van Diemen RF9920-
1515F2AJeff GlennRed Line Oil/Carbir DS-320-
1618F2AGalen PucciniRESET/Carbir DS-320-
1719F2ALarry ObertoOberto Beef Jerky/Van Diemen RF9820-
1820ACCGeorges ForgeoisCafé Noir/Van Diemen RF9720-
1921ACCMike DurandAspen Mint/Van Diemen RF9720-
2025F2AArnold BrinkmanFruit Ecuador/Van Diemen RF9919-
2124ACCBrett HarrisonEverett Engineering/Van Diemen RF9519-
2226F2ATom SporneyRam Motor Sports/Tatuus RC9819-
2328ACCChas ShafferPrice Waterhouse Coopers/Van DiemenRF9719-
243F2ADan WheldonPrimus Racing/Van Diemen RF9918Off Course
2527ACCJon GroomJon Groom Racing/Van Diemen RF9616Off Course
2623ACCGreg SchingsValvoline/Citation 95SF13Mechanical
2716F2ATommy ConstantineMexmil/Tatuus RC9912Off Course
2829ACCBob WrightSmith Barney/Van Diemen RF9511Engine
2917ACCGuy Diemen RF976Off Course

12F2ADan WheldonPrimus Racing/Van Diemen RF9920-
25F2AMarc-Antoine CamirandKey Motorsport/Van Diemen RF9920-
34F2ABobby OergelRed Line Oil/Mygale US-9920-
46F2ASteve RikertRichard Morgan Racing/Van Diemen RF9920-
59F2ABryce MillerVenture Marketing/Van Diemen RF9920-
614F2ADaniel MunizTexaco-Havoline/Van Diemen RF9920-
713F2AJonathan BottomsRoppe Corp./Van Diemen RF9920-
88F2AAlejandro GarcíaDixie Numerics/Van Diemen RF9820-
916ACCGuy Diemen RF9720-
1021ACCMike DurandAspen Mint/Van Diemen RF9720-
1118F2ALarry ObertoOberto Beef Jerky/Van Diemen RF9820-
1225F2AArnold BrinkmanFruit Ecuador/Van Diemen RF9920-
1326ACCChas ShafferPrice Waterhouse Coopers/Van DiemenRF9720-
141F2AAaron JustusTorco Racing Lubricants/Van Diemen RF9919Penalty
1510F2AJacek MuchaOrion Packing/Van Diemen RF9919-
168F2AMark E. Diemen RF9918Accident
1717F2AGalen PucciniRESET/Carbir DS-318-
1811F2AHarold PrimatPrimland Resort/Van Diemen RF9917-
1923F2ATommy ConstantineMexmil/Tatuus RC9917-
2020ACCBrett HarrisonEverett Engineering/Van Diemen RF9517-
2115F2AJeff GlennRed Line Oil/Carbir DS-314Off Course
2228ACCGreg SchingsValvoline/Citation 95SF14Mechanical
233F2AT.J. BellBell Helmets/Van Diemen RF9911Off Course
2422ACCGeorges ForgeoisCafé Noir/Van Diemen RF979Suspension
257F2ARolando QuintanillaTecate/Van Diemen RF997Accident
2612F2AIan LacyRed Line Oil/Mygale US-997Accident
2727F2ATom SporneyRam Motor Sports/Tatuus RC987Mechanical
2824ACCJon GroomJon Groom Racing/Van Diemen RF963Mechanical
-29ACCBob WrightSmith Barney/Van Diemen RF95-Did Not Start

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