The 2005 Cooper Tires Championship Series is an open-wheel series for Formula 2000 race cars. The series is sanctioned by Grand American Road Racing. In addition to Grand-Am, the championship is a support event for the American Le Mans Series, Champ Car and SCCA Pro Racing.

The championship consists of twelve doubleheader weekends, each contested on road courses. The season begins in April at Road Atlanta. In May, the teams travel north for the first of two visits to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A month later, the series remains in Ohio and competes at the Grand Prix of Cleveland. 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 Virginia International Raceway.

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, Piper, Citation 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.

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.
  • Cooper Gold Cup 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.

The sponsors and supporters of the series are Ford Racing, Performance Friction Brakes, Carl Haas, Sunoco Fuels, Dynamic Suspension and Racing Radios.

Rounds nine and ten at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course were the second visit of the 2005 season for the Cooper Tires Championship Series. It was also the series' penultimate weekend. Drivers would compete in two races around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course for twenty laps.

The No. 3 Van Diemen, with backing from Bradfords /BRDC / Kenpine / Wood Pine, was driven by Brit Joey Foster. Foster was second in the title chase with a victory in round seven at Road America. He captured the pole, in wet conditions, for the weekend's contest by a margin of over 1.5-seconds and would lead the race flag-to-flag. Foster started round ten on the pole but finished in the runner-up spot.
Another Brit, Jay Howard, dominated this year's Cooper Tires Championship Series. Entering the Mid-Ohio weekend, Howard had seven victories in eight starts. He started race one in the fifth position, but by lap-2, he was in second. Howard would finish second by 1.630-seconds. In the weekend's final race, the driver of the No. 22 Van Diemen RF03 claimed the victory.
Earning a pair of third-place finishes at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was Matthew McDonough. McDonough was running a limited schedule this year and did not participate in rounds seven and eight at Road America. By coincidence, he finished third twice when the series made its first stop of the season at Mid-Ohio. He started second in the weekend's first contest and was gridded third for the finale.
Aiken Racing prepared the No. 11 Van Diemen RF05 for Canadian Christopher Guerreri. Entering rounds nine and ten, Guerreri was third in the standings despite twenty-eighth and twenty-fourth place finishes early in the season. He qualified seventh fastest for race one at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and finished fourth. Guerreri ended the weekend with the same race result after starting in the fourth.
Texan Nick Boulle drove the No. 2 deBoulle Jewelry Van Diemen RF01. Boulle collected some of his best results of the 2005 Cooper Tires Championship during the season's first visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course he earned seventh and eleventh place finishes. When the series returned in August, Boulle surpassed those results. He finished fifth in race one and in the second contest, he claimed a ninth-place result.
Jason Byers, the driver of the No. 28 Van Diemen RF03, made his Cooper Tires Championship debut in 2003. But 2005 was proving to be his best season to date. He collected a pair of podium results - second and third-place finishes at Road America. Byers was the eighteenth fastest in the qualifying session for race one at Mid-Ohio but charged to an eighth-place finish. In round ten, he moved from eighth to a fifth-place result.
The Cooper Gold Cup category, for cars powered by the older OHC 2.0-liter Ford engine, was dominated by Ricardo Vassmer. Vassmer was piloting the No. 25 Ultra Lub Motor Oil sponsored Van Diemen RF01. The Venezuelan qualified twelfth overall and first in class for round nine and finished fourteenth for the win. In the next race, Vassmer was sixteenth and earned the Gold Cup victory with a fourteenth place result.

11F2AJoey FosterBRDC/Kenpine / Van Diemen RF0120-
25F2AJay / Van Diemen RF0320-
32F2AMatthew McDonoughTASC Technical / Van Diemen RF0220-
47F2AChristopher GuerreriAiken Racing / Van Diemen RF0520-
511F2ANick BoulledeBoulle Jewlery / Van Diemen RF0120-
68F2AAdam PecorariSAI Hydrolics / Van Diemen RF0220-
79F2ANick HayePremier Bank / Van Diemen RF0120-
818F2AJason ByersNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF0320-
94F2AChris MeredithMII Security / Van Diemen RF0220-
108F2ADoug SmithPackers of Indian River / Van Diemen RF0520-
1117F2AGerry KrautDougherty & Co. / Van Diemen RF0320-
1216F2AJohn LombardoNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF0220-
1310F2ASteve ThomsonGillund Enterprises / Van Diemen20-
1412GCRicardo VassmerUltra Lub / Van Diemen RF0120-
1514F2AIra FierbergPersonal Injury Law / Van Diemen RF0120-
1621F2AChuck LessickZAT Graphics / Van Diemen RF0520-
1723F2ABen McCrackinJDC MotorSports / Van Diemen RF0520-
183F2ACole MorganMorgan Homes / Van Diemen RF0219-
1929F2ADick RoseHead Start Racing / Van Diemen RF0319-
2025GCBrian BurkeRFC/Dynamic Metal / Carbir DS-319-
2127GCCraig Clawson- / Van Diemen19-
2226GCBrendan PuderbachGreisiger Motorsports / Van Diemen RF9718-
2328GCBarry HaynieClearview/PetX / Van Diemen RF0118-
2420F2ADavid ClarkeJacuzzi / Van Diemen RF0515-
2515F2AErnest BocchinoCobalt Friction Racing / Van Diemen RF058Did not finish
2624F2ADan DenisonDenison Consulting / Van Diemen5Did not finish
2722F2AScott RubenzerStorage Battery System / Van Diemen RF023Did not finish
2813GCDoug KniffinPioneer Magnetics / Van Diemen RF012Did not finish
2919F2ADwight RiderFront Range Motorsports / Van Diemen RF021Did not finish
30-F2AFiorenzo TirinnanziNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF03-Did Not Start

12F2AJay / Van Diemen RF0320-
21F2AJoey FosterBRDC/Kenpine / Van Diemen RF0120-
33F2AMatthew McDonoughTASC Technical / Van Diemen RF0220-
44F2AChristopher GuerreriAiken Racing / Van Diemen RF0520-
58F2AJason ByersNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF0320-
610F2ANick HayePremier Bank / Van Diemen RF0120-
711F2AErnest BocchinoCobalt Friction Racing / Van Diemen RF0520-
812F2AJohn LombardoNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF0220-
95F2ANick BoulledeBoulle Jewlery / Van Diemen RF0120-
1013F2ADoug SmithPackers of Indian River / Van Diemen RF0520-
1125F2AScott RubenzerStorage Battery System / Van Diemen RF0220-
129F2AChris MeredithMII Security / Van Diemen RF0220-
1314F2ASteve ThomsonGillund Enterprises / Van Diemen20-
1416GCRicardo VassmerUltra Lub / Van Diemen RF0120-
1520F2ADavid ClarkeJacuzzi / Van Diemen RF0520-
167F2ACole MorganMorgan Homes / Van Diemen RF0220-
1718F2AIra FierbergPersonal Injury Law / Van Diemen RF0120-
1826F2ADan DenisonDenison Consulting / Van Diemen20-
1921F2ADick RoseHead Start Racing / Van Diemen RF0319-
2022GCCraig Clawson- / Van Diemen19-
2128GCBrendan PuderbachGreisiger Motorsports / Van Diemen RF9719-
2224GCBarry HaynieClearview/PetX / Van Diemen RF0119-
2323GCBrian BurkeRFC/Dynamic Metal / Carbir DS-318Did not finish
2415F2AGerry KrautDougherty & Co. / Van Diemen RF0316Throttle
2519F2AChuck LessickZAT Graphics / Van Diemen RF0516Did not finish
2629F2ADwight RiderFront Range Motorsports / Van Diemen RF0214Did not finish
2717F2ABen McCrackinJDC MotorSports / Van Diemen RF0510Battery
286F2AAdam PecorariSAI Hydrolics / Van Diemen RF027Mechanical
2930F2AFiorenzo TirinnanziNAPA/Denso / Van Diemen RF032Suspension
3027GCDoug KniffinPioneer Magnetics / Van Diemen RF012Accident

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