The USF2000 National Championship made its debut in 2010. The series serves as one of the rungs on Mazda's Road to Indy and is sanctioned by IndyCar. 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, Matthew Brabham, is participating in the season's Star Mazda Championship.

This year the program offers over $500,000 in prizes and awards, with the USF2000 champion receiving a scholarship valued at $375,000 to advance to the 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 produces 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 2013 USF2000 series has two classes:

  • Championship Class: Teams in the division are limited to a Van Diemen chassis manufactured from 2001 to 2010. The cars in this category are powered by a Mazda MZR engine. The power plant is a four-cylinder, double-overhead camshaft, fuel-injected, two-liter motor which produces 170-horsepower. The Championship Class winner receives a scholarship package from Mazda to contest the 2014 Star Mazda Series.
  • National Class: Last year, cars 1998 and newer that conformed to Sports Car Club of America's Formula Continental rules were allowed to compete in the National Class. This season the Sports Car Club of America's Formula Enterprise (FE) car is eligible for the National category. The FE is a Van Diemen DP06 powered by a less powerful 2.3-liter Mazda MZR engine. The National Class winner receives a scholarship package to advance to the Championship Class for 2014.

The 2013 schedule consists of fourteen races held over seven race weekends on seven tracks three street circuits, one oval, and three permanent road courses. The races supported the IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series.

  • March 14-15 - Sebring International Raceway
  • March 23-24 - Streets of St. Petersburg
  • May 25 - Lucas Oil Raceway
  • July 13-14 - Streets of Toronto
  • August 3-4 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • September 7-8 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • October 5-6 - Reliant Park

The final two rounds of the 2013 USF2000 National Championship were held at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. Drivers would compete on the ten-turn 1.683-mile temporary street course.

Neil Alberico entered the final weekend second in the title chase but with a mathematical chance of securing the championship. In Saturday's contest, Alberico qualified second to the points leader, Scott Hargrove. He grabbed the lead during the race's first restart and captured the win. However, it was 'too little too late,' as Hargrove's third-place result gave him the crown. Alberico ended 2013 with a third-place finish.
France's Alex Baron won last season's French Formula 4 Championship. This year, Baron was focused on the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series but found time to compete in the final two weekends of the 2013 USF2000 National Championship. In his debut at Laguna Seca, he scored a win. In race one at Houston, he started last and finished eighteenth. The next day in the wet, Baron earned his second series victory.
Henrik Furuseth won last season's National Class title and advanced to the Championship category driving the No. 96 PRL Motorsports Van Diemen DP08. During the season, Furuseth collected a lot of top-ten finishes but no podiums. He corrected that situation in Houston. On Saturday, Furuseth qualified third and crossed the finish line in second place. Starting on the pole in the finale, he earned another runner-up result.
Heading into the final weekend, there were sixty-five points up for grabs. The championship leader, Scott Hargrove, topped the standings with forty-four markers. Hargrove qualified on the pole for the penultimate round and finished third. This was enough for him to secure the title. As the champion, Hargrove receives the Mazda Road to Indy prize, a scholarship of $375,000 to advance to the Pro Mazda series.
The National Class points leader, Scott Rettich, skipped rounds eleven and twelve at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Two weeks after this event, Rettich participated in the Sports Car Club of America's National Runoffs at Road America and secured the Formula Enterprise title. At Reliant Park, he won his category on Saturday; that was all Rettich needed to take the 2013 crown. He ended the season with his eleventh victory.

POSSTARTDRIVERENTRANTCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
12Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
23Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
31Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
411Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
55Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
612Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
713Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
817Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
914Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1015Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1119Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1216Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
138Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1420Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1518Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1621Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR13-
1722Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR13-
1823Alex BaronAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1910Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12Did Not Finish
204RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12-
217Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR11Did Not Finish
226Scott AndrewsJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR5Did Not Finish
239Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR5Did Not Finish

POSSTARTDRIVERCARENTRANTLAPSRETIREMENTS
13Alex BaronAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
21Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
32Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
47Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
517Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
69Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
714Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
815Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
98RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
106Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
1119Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
1218Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
1321Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR16-
1416Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16-
1520Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR15-
1610Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR14Did Not Finish
1711Scott AndrewsJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR8Did Not Finish
1813Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR8Did Not Finish
1923Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR5Did Not Finish
205Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR3Did Not Finish
214Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR3Did Not Finish
2212Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR2Did Not Finish
-22Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR-Did Not Start


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