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, Anthony Martin, is participating in the season's Star Mazda Championship.
This year the program offers over $511,000 in prizes and awards, with the USF2000 champion receiving a scholarship to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
In 2017, the series introduced the new Mazda-powered Tatuus USF-17. The Tatuus USF-17 is a full carbon and aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis meeting FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures. In addition to safety enhancements, the car includes a six-speed paddle shift gearbox and two-way adjustable shock absorbers. The Tatuus also uses thirteen-inch slick and rain tires manufactured by Cooper Tires, which are mounted on American Racing wheels.
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 175-horsepower and 160-foot pounds of torque. The motors are prepared and sealed by Elite Engines.
The National Class has returned for teams that own the Van Diemen DP08 chassis. Drivers competing in this class will have their point structure.
In addition to Mazda and Cooper Tires, series partners include Allied Building Products, Elite Engines, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, VP Racing Fuels, Performance Friction Brakes, Cosworth, Tilton, Dynamic Suspensions and Racing Communications.
The 2017 schedule consists of fourteen races over eight race weekends on eight tracks – two street circuits, one oval, and five permanent road courses.
Rounds twelve and thirteen of the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda were held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers competed in two races around the 2.258-mile thirteen-turn road course.
|After a disappointing round eleven in Toronto, Oliver Askew was looking to get his title aspirations back on track. Driving the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-17, Askew qualified on the pole for Saturday’s event. He led the race flag-to-flag and scored his seventh win of 2017. The next day, Askew started fourth. He advanced in the race but lost positions when encountering problems with the steering rack. He finished fourth.|
|Parker Thompson entered Mid-Ohio with a pair of victories at Toronto. While driving the No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-17, Thompson was third fastest while qualifying for the weekend’s first contest. On lap-3, he made his move on Lucas Kohl, which was rewarded with a runner-up result. On Sunday, he qualified on the pole and was the first competitor to cross the finish line for his third win of 2017.|
|Championship contender Rinus Veekay drove the No. 21 Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-17. After the Toronto weekend, the points race became tighter, with Veekay moving to within eighteen markers of the leader, Oliver Askew. He qualified fourth for race one at Mid-Ohio but finished third, with Askew taking the win. In the finale, Veekay finished ahead of Askew with a second-place result and narrowed the gap to thirteen points.|
|Like the points leader, Oliver Askew, Kaylen Frederick had mixed results at Toronto. Frederick qualified fourth for race one but retired on lap-2. The next day, he finished on the podium. At Mid-Ohio, Frederick was gridded eighth for Saturday’s contest and finished seventh. In the finale, he found the podium once again. Federick started and finished third in the No. 81 Team Pelfrey Tatuus USF-17.|
|David Malukas didn’t make his series debut until rounds five and six at Indianapolis. His next outing was at Road America, where he finished second. Malukas skipped Iowa and rejoined the series at Mid-Ohio. Difficulty in qualifying saw him start on the last row for round twelve. During the race, Malukas advanced eleven positions and finished sixth. For his efforts, he earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award.|
|1||1||Oliver Askew||Cape Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|2||3||Parker Thompson||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|3||4||Rinus VeeKay||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|4||2||Lucas Kohl||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|5||7||Calvin Ming||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|6||17||David Malukas||BN Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|7||8||Kaylen Frederick||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|8||5||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|9||13||Darren Keane||Newman Wachs Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|10||18||Dev Gore||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|11||19||Devin Wojcik||ArmsUp Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|12||12||Andrés Gutiérrez||DEForce Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|13||14||Colin Kaminsky||John Cummiskey Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|14||16||Jayson Clunie||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|15||15||Bruna Tomaselli||ArmsUp Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|16||11||Jacob Abel||Newman Wachs Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|17||9||Robert Megennis||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|18||6||Phillippe Denes||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|1||1||Parker Thompson||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|2||2||Rinus VeeKay||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|3||3||Kaylen Frederick||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|4||4||Oliver Askew||Cape Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|5||5||Calvin Ming||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|6||8||David Malukas||BN Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|7||12||Robert Megennis||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|8||4||Lucas Kohl||Pabst Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|9||13||Devin Wojcik||ArmsUp Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|10||6||Andrés Gutiérrez||DEForce Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|11||18||Dev Gore||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|12||16||Jacob Abel||Newman Wachs Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|13||17||Bruna Tomaselli||ArmsUp Motorsports||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|14||19||Jayson Clunie||Exclusive Autosport||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|15||11||Darren Keane||Newman Wachs Racing||Tatuus USF-17||21||-|
|16||14||Colin Kaminsky||John Cummiskey Racing||Tatuus USF-17||20||Did Not Finish|
|17||15||Phillippe Denes||Team Pelfrey||Tatuus USF-17||20||Did Not Finish|
|18||10||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||Tatuus USF-17||18||Did Not Finish|
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