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 series-only triple-header event was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The track hosted rounds eight, nine and ten of the 2013 USF2000 National Championship. Drivers would compete in three races around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.

The start of round eight for the 2013 USF2000 National Championship, Saturday morning, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the leaders enter the 'Esses.' The pole-sitter, Neil Alberico, is driving the No. 2 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen DP02. Behind Alberico is the other front-row starter, Garrett Grist, in the No. 7 Andretti Autosport Van Diemen DP08. Next in line is the Van Diemens of Scott Hargrove and Jesse Lazare.
Neil Alberico failed to finish in three of the first four races this season. However, it seemed that his fortunes were changing. Alberico qualified on the pole for Saturday morning's race and avoided trouble to grab the win. In the afternoon, he went flag-to-flag for the victory. Sunday morning, Alberico started on the outside of the front row. Unfortunately, he was involved in a red flag incident on the opening lap and retired.
'All's well that ends well' certainly applied to Garrett Grist's weekend at Mid-Ohio. Grist opened the weekend by qualifying on the outside of the front row at Mid-Ohio. Unfortunately, the No. 7 Andretti Autosport Van Diemen DP08 broke on lap-6. Saturday afternoon, Grist was running second when he went off course and finished fifth. He would redeem himself on Sunday with a 3.391-second margin of victory.
RC Enerson drove the No. 10 ZSports w/Team E Van Diemen DP08. Enerson qualified in the first position for race one at Mid-Ohio. He successfully navigated the treacherous cautions and was rewarded with a second-place finish, his first podium of 2013. In the afternoon, Enerson started tenth and was in fourth place at the checkered flag. On Sunday morning, he collected his second rostrum result with a third-place finish.
The driver of the No. 38 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen DP08 was Scott Hargrove. Hargrove started the weekend by qualifying third fastest. In the race, he moved past the leader, Neil Alberico. When Hargrove saw a hard-charging Danilo Estrela coming, he drove off course to avoid contact and finished seventeenth. In race two, Hargrove inherited a runner-up result. In the finale, he finished second and retained the points lead.
Another driver collecting his first series podium was Jason Wolfe, who finished third in Saturday's first contest. Wolfe qualified twelfth in the No. 23 Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen DP08 and stayed out of trouble. In the afternoon, he was gridded twelfth and finished in the ninth position. On Sunday, Wolfe started in the ninth spot. Unfortunately, he was in the opening lap accident, which eliminated eleven cars.
Rookie Peter Portante earned his podium result, a third place, in round five at Lucas Oil Raceway. Portante qualified eighth fastest for the first event at Mid-Ohio and was challenged by the wet conditions finishing in the eleventh spot. On Saturday afternoon, the driver of the No. 41 Belardi Auto Racing Van Diemen DP08 started eight and grabbed the final place on the rostrum. In the finale, Portante finished eighteenth.
The driver of the No. 71 Alliance Autosport Van Diemen DP06, Scott Rettich, joined the USF2000 series with Sports Car Club of America National titles in Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises. To no one's surprise, Rettich had six National Class victories in as many starts. Despite Ryan Vella's and James Dayson's challenges, he would collect three more wins at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and lead the points chase.

POSSTARTDRIVERENTRANTCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
26RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
312Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
414Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
517Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
69Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
713Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
811Luca ForgeoisZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
921Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
105Jesse LazarePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
118Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1215Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1316Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1422Stefan RzadzinskiJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1523Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
167Jeroen SlaghekkeCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
173Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1825Arthur OliveiraJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1924Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
2018Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
2126Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR13-
2227James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR13-
2319Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12-
2420Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12-
254Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR11Did Not Finish
2628Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR11-
272Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR6Did Not Finish
2810Felipe DonatoArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Did Not Finish

POSSTARTDRIVERCARENTRANTLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
23Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
38Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
410RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
52Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
613Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
715Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
85Jeroen SlaghekkeCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
912Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
109Jesse LazarePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
117Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1214Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1319Stefan RzadzinskiJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1417Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1516Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1620Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1721Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
186Felipe DonatoArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
1918Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
2025Arthur OliveiraJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
2124Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
2223Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR20-
2326Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR20-
2428Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR19-
2527James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR19-
2622Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR19-
274Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR16Did Not Finish
2811Luca ForgeoisZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR3Did Not Finish

POSSTARTDRIVERCARENTRANTLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
23Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
34RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
46Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
58Felipe DonatoArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
614Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
715Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
819Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
916Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1017Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1120Stefan RzadzinskiJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1222Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1324Arthur OliveiraJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1425Luca ForgeoisZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13-
1526Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR13-
1627James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR12-
1728Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR12-
185Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
197Jeroen SlaghekkeCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
209Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2110Jesse LazarePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2211Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2312Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2413Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2518Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2621Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
2723Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident
282Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Accident


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