The Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda, made its debut in 2010. The series serves as the first rung 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, Florian Latorre, is participating in the season's Star Mazda Championship.

This year the program offers over $470,000 in prizes and awards, with the USF2000 champion receiving a scholarship to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

The USF2000 cars are open-wheel, single-seat vehicles with front and rear wings. To limit costs, all teams must use the same chassis. Only the Van Diemen DP08 is permitted to compete in the series. The Van Diemen is designed to accommodate suspension and wing adjustments. USF2000 cars 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 motors are prepared and sealed by Elite Engines.

A Hewland 5-speed sequential shift gearbox transfers power to the rear wheels.

The Van Diemen DP08 is also equipped with thirteen-inch slick or rain tire manufactured by Cooper Tires and co-branded Cooper/USF2000.

In addition to Mazda and Cooper Tires, series partners include Allied Building Products, Elite Engines, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Sunoco Racing Fuels, Performance Friction Brakes, Cosworth, Tilton, Dynamic Suspensions and Racing Communications.

The 2015 schedule consists of sixteen races over eight race weekends on eight tracks – two street circuits, one oval, and five permanent road courses.

  • March 28-29 - Streets of St. Petersburg
  • April 11 - NOLA
  • April 24-25 - Barber Motorsports Park
  • May 8-9 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • May 28 - Lucas Oil Raceway
  • June 13-14 - Toronto
  • July 31 - August 1 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • September 12-13 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Rounds ten and eleven of the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda were held a Toronto's Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete in two contests around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.

Title contender, Jake Eidson, entered rounds ten and eleven at Toronto with three victories; his most recent was in the previous race at Lucas Oil Raceway. In qualifying for the weekend's first contest, he was second fastest in the No. 22 Pabst Racing Van Diemen DP08. A first-lap pass on Nico Jamin gave Eidson his third victory of 2015. On Sunday, he started and finished in second place in much different weather conditions.
When the USF2000 series stopped in Toronto, Nico Jamin was the championship leader with eight podium finishes, of which four were victories. Jamin put the No. 2 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen DP08 on the pole for Saturday's race. On the opening lap of the race, he was passed by Jake Eidson and would finish second. The finale was held in the rain and despite tagging the wall, Jamin led from start to finish.
After a series of fourth-place finishes, rookie Anthony Martin earned his first podium result in round six at Barber Motorsports Park. He qualified fourth for race one at Toronto, driving the No. 33 John Cumminsky Racing Van Diemen DP08. An incident on lap-1 of the race allowed Martin to move into third place, which he held to the checkered flag. On Sunday, Martin maintained his position and finished in fourth.
Team Pelfrey's Luke Gabin drove the No. 22 Van Diemen. The best result for the Australian rookie was a fourth place in round eight and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gabin was gridded sixth for race one, but contact between three drivers allowed him to move up the order and finish fourth. Despite a spin early in the weekend's final race, Gabin collected his first series podium.
Aaron Telitz had a forgettable weekend in rounds ten and eleven at Toronto's Exhibition Place. The event got off to a good start when he qualified third for race one. However, on the opening lap of the contest, Telitz had contact with Nikita Lastochkin and Parker Thompson and fell to fifth. Next, he had an incident with Keyvan Andres Soori and finished sixth. The finale wasn't much better; Telitz finished fifth.

12Jake EidsonPabst RacingVan Diemen DP0826-
21Nico JaminCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0826-
34Anthony MartinJohn Cummiskey RacingVan Diemen DP0826-
46Luke GabinTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0826-
57Garth RickardsTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0826-
63Aaron TelitzCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0826-
79Ayla ÅgrenTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0826-
811Nikita LastochkinTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0825-
98Max HanrattyArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0825-
1012James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0825-
1110Parker ThompsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP0825-
1213Luo YufengPabst RacingVan Diemen DP0825-
135Keyvan Andres SooriArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP082Accident

11Nico JaminCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0815-
22Jake EidsonPabst RacingVan Diemen DP0815-
36Luke GabinTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0815-
44Anthony MartinJohn Cummiskey RacingVan Diemen DP0815-
53Aaron TelitzCape MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0815-
68Garth RickardsTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0815-
710Luo YufengPabst RacingVan Diemen DP0815-
87Nikita LastochkinTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0815-
99Ayla ÅgrenTeam PelfreyVan Diemen DP0815-
1012Max HanrattyArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0815-
1113James DaysonArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP0815-
1211Parker ThompsonJDC MotorSportsVan Diemen DP0811Accident
135Keyvan Andres SooriArmsUp MotorsportsVan Diemen DP081Accident

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