The USF2000 National Championship made its debut in 2010.
The series serves as one of the rungs on Mazda's Road to Indy.
The program aims to provide a scholarship fund path to reach the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
The Road to Indy has attracted driving talent from all over the world.
Last year's champion, Sage Karam, is participating in the season's Star Mazda Championship.
Formula 2000 cars first appeared in North America during the mid-80s. The category was particularly popular in Canada, with series' sponsored by Export A and Canadian Tire. The early cars were powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter overhead-camshaft Ford engine, which produced approximately 150-horsepower. Mounted to the engine is a Hewland Mk 9 gearbox with four forward speeds and one reverse. The single-seater chassis is a tubular spaceframe design fitted with an aluminum floor pan and fiberglass bodywork. The cars also use wings mounted at the front and rear. The whole package weighs just under 1,200-lbs.
Today's Formula 2000 cars conform to many of the same rules, but advances in technology and aerodynamics have allowed them to be faster.
The 2011 USF2000 series has two classes:
The 2011 schedule consists of twelve races over seven race weekends on seven tracks – two street circuits, two ovals, and three permanent road courses.
Rounds three and four of the 2011 USF2000 National Championship were held during the Honda Grand Prix of Saint Petersburg. Drivers would complete on the fourteen-turn 1.800-mile temporary street course in Saint Petersburg.
|Last year, Spencer Pigot won the BF Goodrich / Skip Barber National championship and was awarded a season in the USF2000 series. Pigot competed in the Cooper Tires Winterfest and finished second. At St. Pete, he drove the No. 8 Team MAZDASPEED Van Diemen DP08 and qualified on the pole for race one. Pigot would go flag-to-flag for the victory. In the finale, he put pressure on Petri Suvanto but finished second.|
|Finland’s Petri Suvanto participated in last year’s Formula BMW Europe where he finished eleventh in the final standings. This season, Suvanto joined Cape Motorsports driving the No. 3 Van Diemen DP08. He qualified third for the weekend’s first contest and inherited a runner-up result when the second-place starter, Juan Piedrahita, crashed on the opening lap. Suvanto started and finished first on Sunday.|
|The driver of the No. 7 Team Zakosi Data Backup Van Diemen DP08, Zach Veach, swept round one at Sebring – grabbing the pole and winning. During the qualifying session for Saturday’s race, he recorded the fifth-fastest time. Veach was involved in the turn-one incident but slipped through to finish third. The event ended with him starting third on the grid, but he lost a position to the hard-charging Wayne Boyd and finished fourth.|
|Wayne Boyd drove the No. 4 ASA Pole Mecanique Van Diemen DP08 prepared by Belardi Auto Racing. Boyd qualified sixth for round three at St. Petersburg. The Northern Irishman battled with Vincent Beltoise and lost a position to finish seventh. The next day would provide Boyd with an opportunity to redeem himself. At the start, he shot from fourth to second but could not hold the position and finished third.|
|There were three entries in the National class for 1998 and newer that conform to Sports Car Club of America’s Formula Continental rules. The fastest driver at St. Pete was Luca Forgeois piloting the No. 97 Stevenson Motorsports prepared Van Diemen. Forgeois qualified on the category pole for round three and finished ninth overall, earning the National victory. He ended the weekend with another win while finishing tenth.|
|1||1||Spencer Pigot||Team MAZDASPEED/Skip Barber||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|2||3||Petri Suvanto||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|3||5||Zach Veach||Team Zakosi Data Backup||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|4||10||Matthew Di Leo||RES Precast||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|5||11||Cole Morgan||Liberty Engineering/Sim-Sport||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|6||8||Vincent Beltoise||Pole Mecanique Ales en Cevennes||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|7||6||Wayne Boyd||ASA Pole Mecanique||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|8||14||Shannon McIntosh||Glass Hammer Racing||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|9||13||Luca Forgeois||Café Noir||Van Diemen||21||-|
|10||15||J. R. Smart||Smart Motors||Van Diemen||21||-|
|11||12||Ardie Greenamyer||Hi-Rise Equipment||Van Diemen||20||-|
|12||2||Juan Piedrahita||GFK Motors/Montopharma||Van Diemen DP08||0||Did Not Finish|
|13||4||Tõnis Kasemets||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08||0||Did Not Finish|
|14||7||Luke Ellery||Luke-Ellery.com/Red Line Oil||Van Diemen DP08||0||Did Not Finish|
|15||9||Timmy Megenbier||Sick Tea/Rahal Foods||Van Diemen DP08||0||Did Not Finish|
|1||1||Petri Suvanto||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|2||2||Spencer Pigot||Team MAZDASPEED/Skip Barber||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|3||4||Wayne Boyd||ASA Pole Mecanique||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|4||3||Zach Veach||Team Zakosi Data Backup||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|5||6||Vincent Beltoise||Pole Mecanique Ales en Cevennes||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|6||15||Timmy Megenbier||Sick Tea/Rahal Foods||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|7||7||Matthew Di Leo||RES Precast||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|8||14||Luke Ellery||Luke-Ellery.com/Red Line Oil||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|9||12||Juan Piedrahita||GFK Motors/Montopharma||Van Diemen DP08||21||-|
|10||10||Luca Forgeois||Café Noir||Van Diemen||21||-|
|11||9||Ardie Greenamyer||Hi-Rise Equipment||Van Diemen||21||-|
|12||11||J. R. Smart||Smart Motors||Van Diemen||21||-|
|13||8||Shannon McIntosh||Glass Hammer Racing||Van Diemen DP08||15||Did Not Finish|
|14||13||Tõnis Kasemets||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08||10||Did Not Finish|
|15||5||Cole Morgan||Liberty Engineering/Sim-Sport||Van Diemen DP08||9||Did Not Finish|
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