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:
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.
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.|
|1||2||Neil Alberico||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|2||3||Henrik Furuseth||PRL Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|3||1||Scott Hargrove||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|4||11||Wyatt Gooden||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|5||5||Michael Epps||PRL Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|6||12||Garett Grist||Andretti Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|7||13||Jason Wolfe||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|8||17||Austin Cindric||Andretti Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|9||14||Daniel Burkett||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|10||15||Brandon Newey||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|11||19||Clark Toppe||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|12||16||Michael Johnson||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|13||8||Dalton Kellett||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|14||20||Timothy Paul||ArmsUp Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|15||18||Matt McMurry||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|16||21||Scott Rettich||Alliance Autosport||Van Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|17||22||Ryan Verra||Alliance Autosport||Van Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|18||23||Alex Baron||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||13||-|
|19||10||Peter Portante||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||12||Did Not Finish|
|20||4||RC Enerson||ZSports w/Team E||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||12||-|
|21||7||Florian Latorre||JAY Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||11||Did Not Finish|
|22||6||Scott Andrews||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||5||Did Not Finish|
|23||9||Danilo Estrela||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||5||Did Not Finish|
|1||3||Alex Baron||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|2||1||Henrik Furuseth||PRL Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|3||2||Neil Alberico||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|4||7||Danilo Estrela||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|5||17||Brandon Newey||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|6||9||Peter Portante||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|7||14||Austin Cindric||Andretti Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|8||15||Daniel Burkett||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|9||8||RC Enerson||ZSports w/Team E||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|10||6||Florian Latorre||JAY Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|11||19||Clark Toppe||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|12||18||Michael Johnson||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|13||21||Scott Rettich||Alliance Autosport||Van Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|14||16||Dalton Kellett||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||16||-|
|15||20||Matt McMurry||Belardi Auto Racing||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||15||-|
|16||10||Garett Grist||Andretti Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||14||Did Not Finish|
|17||11||Scott Andrews||JDC MotorSports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||8||Did Not Finish|
|18||13||Jason Wolfe||Pabst Racing Services||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||8||Did Not Finish|
|19||23||Ryan Verra||Alliance Autosport||Van Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR||5||Did Not Finish|
|20||5||Michael Epps||PRL Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||3||Did Not Finish|
|21||4||Scott Hargrove||Cape Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||3||Did Not Finish|
|22||12||Wyatt Gooden||Afterburner Autosport||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||2||Did Not Finish|
|-||22||Timothy Paul||ArmsUp Motorsports||Van Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR||-||Did Not Start|
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