The 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship is an open-wheel series for Formula 2000 race cars. The series receives generous support from the Ford Motor Company, Avon Tires, Sunoco Racing Fuels and Racing Electronics.

The championship consists of twelve doubleheader weekends, each being contested on road courses. The season begins in March at Sebring International Raceway. In May, the teams travel north for races at Lime Rock Park. The championship makes its first of two visits to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a month later. Next on the calendar are rounds seven and eight at Road America. Then the series returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the penultimate race weekend. The season ends with the final two races at Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans event.

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 and the most popular choice, Van Diemen. The suspensions are independent – both front and rear. Shock absorbers and sway bars are adjustable. A four-speed, non-synchro gearbox is used. Sequential transmissions are not permitted. The cars compete on a spec tire from Avon and use a spec fuel provided by Sunoco.

There are two championships:

  • Zetec Championship – This category is for newer cars with the Ford Zetec engine. Competitors score points on road courses and ovals to secure the championship. The Zetec powerplant is a 2.0-liter fuel injected double-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder motor, producing approximately 160-horsepower at 6,800-rpm.
  • American Continental Championship – This class was introduced to provide an economical means for drivers and teams to enter the series. 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.

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

Rounds eleven and twelve a Road Atlanta would conclude the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship. Drivers would compete on the twelve-turn 2.54 –mile road course for eighteen laps.

The start of the penultimate round of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship. The pole-sitter and points leader, Westley Barber, makes a poor start and is passed by the Van Diemen's of the second and fourth fastest qualifiers, Jonathan Bomarito and Charlie Kimball. Negatively impacted by Barber's start is the third-place qualifier, Andy Brumbaugh. A total of twenty-five competitors took the Starter's flag.
Heading into the championship's final weekend, the title would be decided between Westley Barber and Jonathan Bomarito. Bomarito, driving the No. 23 Van Diemen, qualified second to Barber in the weekend's first race but passed him before turn one to claim the victory. Barber was disqualified, which meant two points were separating the contenders. In the finale, Bomarito led flag-to-flag for the championship.
Charlie Kimball was the first retiree of the season, crashing on the opening lap at Sebring International Raceway. However, he was on form at Road America and claimed a pair of wins. Kimball was gridded in the fourth position for the weekend's first race at Road Atlanta and battled to a third-place result. In the finale, the driver of the No. 91 Van Diemen qualified and finished third, which gave him third place in the final standings.
The 2002 British Formula Ford champion, Westley Barber, entered the final weekend with a comfortable points lead but still had to deliver some excellent results to secure the title. He started by qualifying on the pole for race one. Unfortunately, a bad start caused Barber to finish second. However, he was disqualified after the contest. In the finale, Barber had to finish ahead of Jonathan Bomarito, which he failed to do.
Andy Brumbaugh drove the No. 86 Andy LLC / Corby Concepts Van Diemen RF03 and was gridded third for the start of the weekend's first contest. Unfortunately, the pole-sitter, Westley Barber, had a poor start which caused Brumbaugh to lose positions. He fought back to fourth at the finish line and inherited third place when Barber was disqualified. He ended the season by qualifying fifth fastest and finishing fourth.
The American Continental Championship points leader after ten rounds was Chris Dona. The driver of the No. 37 Rexxon Engineering / RaceLift / Barberry Van Diemen RF01 could wrap up the title in race one if he finished ahead of Erick Hansen. Dona started the penultimate round on the class pole and finished in front of Hansen to claim the Crown. He ended the season with his sixth category victory.
The podium for the penultimate round for the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship. From left to right is the American Continental Championship race winner and new class champion, Chris Dona. Beside Dona is the Zetec championship points leader and second-place finisher, Westley Barber. Next to Barber is the race winner for the fourth time this year Jonathan Bomarito. Completing the rostrum is Charlie Kimball.

12F2AJonathan BomaritoValley Financial / Van Diemen18-
24F2ACharlie /Van Diemen18-
33F2AAndy BrumbaughAndy LLC/Corby Concepts / Van Diemen RF0318-
46F2AAdam PecorariSAI Hydraulics / Van Diemen RF0318-
510F2AJames GuéEssex Racing/GTP Motorsports / Van Diemen18-
69F2AAndrew PrendevilleTCW/Valvoline / Van Diemen RF0218-
714F2ABobby WilsonGreen-Keep / Van Diemen18-
813F2ATonis KasemetsFlexOvit/MK Industries / Van Diemen RF0318-
98F2ADoug PrendevilleTCW/Valvoline / Van Diemen RF0118-
1012F2AChris FestaCar Centric / Van Diemen18-
1115F2AIan BaasBlossom Chevrolet / Van Diemen18-
1211F2AJosh HuntSirromet Wines/Gold Group / Van Diemen18-
1316F2ASteve WelkVan Diemen Scholarship / Van Diemen RF0318-
1423F2ADoug Smith10/Tenths Motorsports / Van Diemen RF0318-
1517F2APhilip KlaarPabst Racing Services / Van Diemen RF0318-
1619F2AAl SalvoMiracle Sealants / Van Diemen RF0318-
1718F2AIra FierbergPersonal Injury Law / Van Diemen18-
1821ACCChris DonaRexxon Engineering / Van Diemen RF0118-
1922ACCErick HansenHansen-Moore Co. / Van Diemen RF0118-
2024F2AMatthew DiRenzoVan Diemen Scholarship / Van Diemen RF0318-
2125ACCAndy ChuP&M Machining / Van Diemen RF0117-
227F2ALawson AschenbachKing Automotive/M&M Welding / Van Diemen RF0316Did Not Finish
235F2ARobbie PecorariSAI Hydraulics / Van Diemen RF039Accident
2420F2AMarshall AikenAiken-Harpers Partners / Van Diemen RF031Did Not Finish
-1F2AWestley BarberCape Motorsports / Van Diemen RF03-Disqualified

11F2AJonathan BomaritoValley Financial / Van Diemen18-
22F2AWestley BarberCape Motorsports / Van Diemen RF0318-
33F2ACharlie /Van Diemen18-
45F2AAndy BrumbaughAndy LLC/Corby Concepts / Van Diemen RF0318-
56F2AAndrew PrendevilleTCW/Valvoline / Van Diemen RF0218-
611F2ATonis KasemetsFlexOvit/MK Industries / Van Diemen RF0318-
712F2AJames GuéEssex Racing/GTP Motorsports / Van Diemen18-
815F2AIan BaasBlossom Chevrolet / Van Diemen18-
98F2ALawson AschenbachKing Automotive/M&M Welding / Van Diemen RF0318-
1013F2AJosh HuntSirromet Wines/Gold Group / Van Diemen18-
1120F2AMarshall AikenAiken-Harpers Partners / Van Diemen RF0318-
1217F2APhilip KlaarPabst Racing Services / Van Diemen RF0317-
1314F2ASteve WelkVan Diemen Scholarship / Van Diemen RF0317-
1423F2AMatthew DiRenzoVan Diemen Scholarship / Van Diemen RF0317-
1521ACCChris DonaRexxon Engineering / Van Diemen RF0117-
1619F2AAl SalvoMiracle Sealants / Van Diemen RF0317-
1722ACCErick HansenHansen-Moore Co. / Van Diemen RF0117-
1818F2AIra FierbergPersonal Injury Law / Van Diemen14-
1924ACCAndy ChuP&M Machining / Van Diemen RF014Suspension
2025F2ADoug Smith10/Tenths Motorsports / Van Diemen RF033Mechanical
2110F2AAdam PecorariSAI Hydraulics / Van Diemen RF033Accident
2216F2ABobby WilsonGreen-Keep / Van Diemen2Accident
234F2ARobbie PecorariSAI Hydraulics / Van Diemen RF030Mechanical
247F2AChris FestaCar Centric / Van Diemen0Accident
259F2ADoug PrendevilleTCW/Valvoline / Van Diemen RF010Accident

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