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

Rounds six and seven of the 2013 USF2000 National Championship were held at Toronto's Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete on the 1.755-mile eleven-turn temporary street course.

Neil Alberico's 2013 season got off to a poor start. Alberico won race two in the season opener at Sebring International Raceway, but his record also included twentieth, twenty-ninth and thirtieth place results. He put the No. 2 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen DP08 on the pole for race one in Toronto and went flag-to-flag for his third victory of the year. Alberico started first in the finale but dropped to fifth on the final restart.
Danilo Estrela drove the No. 11 Belardi Auto Racing Van Diemen DP08. Estrela qualified eleventh for Saturday's contest in Toronto. He charged to the front and on the final lap, Estrela had contact in turn eight with Henrik Furuseth, which gave him a third-place finish. On Sunday, he started on the outside of the front row. Estrela fell to third place in the race but fought back to pass the leader, Neil Alberico, for the victory.
With three victories and a runner-up result, Canadian Scott Hargrove was the points leader driving the No. 38 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen DP08. He started the weekend's first contest on the outside of the front row. Unfortunately, Hargrove damaged his suspension when there was contact with Florian Latorre. He finished fifteenth. Hargrove ended the weekend with a runner-up result after starting in the fifth spot.
Florian Latorre collected his first series podium in round six at Toronto. The sixteen-year-old qualified third fastest. During the second restart, there was contact between him and Scott Hargrove. The No. 91 JAY Motorsports Van Diemen DP 08 was unaffected and Latorre chased down the winner, Neil Alberico, for a runner-up result. He was gridded third for Sunday's race. The positions around him changed, but he hung on to third.
There were just three National Class entries at Toronto the usual suspects Scott Rettich, Ryan Verra and James Dayson. In the first four rounds, Rettich dominated the proceedings in the No. 71 Alliance Autosport Van Diemen DP06. He qualified twenty-fifth overall for race one and finished twentieth, which was good for the category victory. In the finale, he collected another win after finishing seventeenth.

POSSTARTDRIVERENTRANTCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
23Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
311Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
45Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
54RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
69Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
712Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
817Felipe DonatoArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
97Stefan RzadzinskiJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1016Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1114Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1213Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1319Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1418Arthur OliveiraJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
152Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1626Jesse LazarePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1722Steve BamfordRice Race PrepVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1821Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
1923Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR25-
2025Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR25-
2128Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR25-
228Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR22-
2329James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR21Did Not Finish
2415Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR15Did Not Finish
2520Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR13Did Not Finish
266Jeroen SlaghekkeCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12Did Not Finish
2724Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR9Did Not Finish
2827Sergio PasianBritain West MtrsptsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR9Did Not Finish
2910Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR3Did Not Finish
--Luca ForgeoisZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR-Did Not Start

POSSTARTDRIVERCARENTRANTLAPSRETIREMENTS
12Danilo EstrelaBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
25Scott HargroveCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
33Florian LatorreJAY MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
46Peter PortanteBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
51Neil AlbericoCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
611Garett GristAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
77Felipe DonatoArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
710Michael EppsPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
912Dalton KellettPabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1014Brandon NeweyAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
119Daniel BurkettBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1220Wyatt GoodenAfterburner AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1324Austin CindricAndretti AutosportVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1422Steve BamfordRice Race PrepVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1519Michael JohnsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1623Timothy PaulArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1725Scott RettichAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR21-
1815Jesse LazarePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR21-
1929James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR21-
208RC EnersonZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR17Did Not Finish
214Henrik FurusethPRL MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12Did Not Finish
2226Clark ToppeJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12Did Not Finish
2327Sergio PasianBritain West MtrsptsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR12Did Not Finish
2416Jason WolfePabst Racing ServicesVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR6Did Not Finish
2521Arthur OliveiraJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR6Did Not Finish
2628Ryan VerraAlliance AutosportVan Diemen DP06/Mazda MZR5Did Not Finish
2713Stefan RzadzinskiJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR1Did Not Finish
2817Jeroen SlaghekkeCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR1Did Not Finish
2918Matt McMurryBelardi Auto RacingVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR0Did Not Finish
--Luca ForgeoisZSports w/Team EVan Diemen DP08/Mazda MZR-Did Not Start


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