Brownsburg, Ind. (September 19, 2016) – The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda schedule for 2017 was released this week, and it includes a few tweaks to the schedule and, for the second straight year, the addition of another one of the United States’ classic road courses.
The schedule will feature 14 rounds of racing, down two races from a year ago, at eight different tracks, with USF2000 sharing the weekend with the Verizon IndyCar series at each stop.
The season will begin with a doubleheader on the streets of St. Petersburg the weekend of March 11, and doubleheaders will be again on the docket at Barber, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Road America, Toronto and Mid-Ohio. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Lucas Oil Raceway have fallen off of the 2017 schedule, and Mid-Ohio will contest two races as compared to the three it has hosted the last several years.
New to the series in 2017 will be an oval race at Iowa Speedway, as well as Watkins Glen, where the season will conclude on Labor Day weekend. After adding Road America for 2016, the appearance of Watkins Glen marks the addition of another historic natural-terrain road course to the USF2000 schedule.
“We are really excited about 2017,” JCR owner John Cummiskey said. “Between the additions of new venues and the introduction of the Tatuus USF-17, there is a lot to look forward to next season.”
Next season will also mark the debut of the brand-new Tatuus USF-17 chassis, which met with solid reviews in early testing and quickly sold out its initial inventory of 30 cars. With several new teams using the timing of the new chassis to enter the series, 2017 could see close to 30 cars on the grid. The testing schedule of the USF-17 chassis will be released at a later date.
Here are the details of the 2017 schedule:
2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda
|March 11/12||Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida||1.8-mile street course*|
|April 22/23||Barber Motorsports Park||2.3-mile road course*|
|May 12/13||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||2.439-mile road course*|
|June 24/25||Road America||4.048-mile road course*|
|July 8/9||Iowa Speedway||.875-mile oval|
|July 15/16||Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada||1.755-mile street course*|
|July 29/30||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||2.258-mile road course*|
|September 2/3||Watkins Glen International||3.37-mile road course|