Cooper Tire is the presenting sponsor and exclusive tire supplier of the "Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda". The USF2000 serves as an entry-level, open-wheel training ground for the next generation of professional racers looking for the first step on the ladder to an IndyCar career. For more than 20 years, USF2000 has earned its reputation as the entry-level pro series of choice in North America for career-minded, open-wheel drivers.
Sanctioned by IndyCar, owned and operated by Andersen promotions, the series is the first official step on the Mazda Road to Indy - a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the series champion will earn a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship, the next step on the ladder system. The series is also part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development program which assists young drivers in advancing from the Skip Barber Racing School to the USF2000 Championship.
Cooper provides both slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 for the series' entrants. Up to three sets of tires will be available for purchase per car at each race event, and up to four sets of tires per car will be available at official test dates. Cooper will provide trackside mounting service and tire engineering support at each race and official test.
The company will also present the winner of each race's Pole Position with a check for $500.
The Series will offer a schedule of events that includes road courses, street circuits and oval speedways, all geared towards training young drivers on all three types of circuits.
For more information on the USF2000 Championship, visit www.usf2000.com.