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THERE ARE THREE RUNGS ON THE LADDER SYSTEM TO INDYCAR
Step 2 - Indy Pro 2000
Step 1 - USF2000
Championship Points
2020
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GENERAL
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series
which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series
is the first official step on the 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 of $325,000 to
advance to the Pro Mazda Championship, the next step on the ladder system.

The series is also part of the Mazda $200k USF2000 Scholarship Shootout, which brings together champions of series from
around the world to compete for a $200K scholarship to enter the USF2000 rnks.

HISTORY
USF2000 has served as a formative step for drivers dating back to 1990. Drivers who have honed their skills in the series
include Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice, rising stars JR Hildebrand and Charlie Kimball,
and sports car talents Andy Lally, Memo Rojas and Memo Gidley.

DRIVERS
The USF2000 Championship is open to drivers age 15 and up (with 14-year-olds eligible pending review and acceptance
of a driving resume by the series and approval by IndyCar).

CARS
In 2017, a new chassis was introduced. The Tatuus USF-17 is a significant technology leap over the current Van Diemen
USF2000 chassis. It is a full carbon monocoque chassis built to the latest FIA F3 test specifications utilizing the current
Mazda MZR 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with additional safety features to meet the specific needs of racing in the
United States. These features include full Zylon side intrusion panels and reinforced bulkheads to strengthen the chassis
for racing on oval circuits. The USF-17 also features other upgrades such as a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, four-way
adjustable dampers, specific design aluminum American Racing wheels, Cosworth data system, LCD steering wheel and
ECU, four piston caliper PFC brakes and IndyCar-specific quick jack and roll hoop attachments.  

ENGINES
The USF-17 is powered by the Mazda MZR 2-liter powerplant prepared by Elite Engines which produces 175 HP and
maximum torque of 160 Ft. Lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

TIRES
Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.
POINT SYSTEM  

ROAD/STREET COURSE EVENTS:

1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1
7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7


OVAL EVENTS:

1st............................... 45              8th...............................20             15th............................ 9
2nd.............................. 38             9th................................18             16th............................ 8
3rd............................... 33             10th..............................17             17th............................ 6
4th............................... 29             11th..............................15             18th............................ 5
5th............................... 26             12th.............................. 14             19th............................ 3
6th............................... 23             13th.............................. 12             20th+.......................... 1
7th............................... 21             14th.............................. 11


TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

One bonus point is awarded for pole position and most laps led.

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams.
Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.
THE SERIES
The Mazda Pro series was renamed the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires  in 2019, which
replaced the  Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. The series is sanctioned by
IndyCar and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Road to Indy ladder
system, bridging the gap between the USF2000 and Indy Lights. The series' champion is awarded a scholarship package
to advance to Indy Lights competition the following year.

HISTORY
The series has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today's top drivers since 1991. Graduates include Verizon
IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti, Jack Hawksworth, James Hinchcliffe, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal and
Tristan Vautier, NASCAR veteran Michael McDowell, and BMW Motorsport factory driver Joey Hand amongst many others.

CARS
The Tatuus PM-18 was introduced in 2018. The PM-18 will use the USF-17 chassis - introduced in 2017 - as the base car
to help control the operational costs for teams who wish to move up. The USF-17 is a full carbon monocoque chassis built to
the latest FIA F3 test specifications with additional safety features to meet the specific needs of racing in the United States.
These features include full Zylon side intrusion panels and reinforced bulkheads to strengthen the chassis for racing on oval
circuits. The USF-17 also features a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, four-way adjustable dampers, specific design aluminum
Motegi Racing wheels, Cosworth data system, LCD steering wheel and ECU, four piston caliper PFC brakes and IndyCar-
specific quick jack and roll hoop attachments.

ENGINES
The PM-18 adds more power over the USF-17 from a Mazda developed 2-litre MZR-PM18A powerplant (275 HP) prepared
by Elite Engines, with maximum torque of 190 Ft. Lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine
management system. It features more sophisticated aerodynamics with a revised underbody and diffuser, a three-element
rear wing and a front wing with adjustable composite wing flaps. The PM-18 also adds a higher level Cosworth data system
to help train the next level of drivers and engineers in the Mazda Road to Ind

TIRES
Dry and wet tires to Pro Mazda specification supplied by Cooper Tires.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
The series' champion is awarded a scholarship package of over $790,000 to advance to Indy Lights competition
the following year. Total event and year-end prizes total over $1.1M and the top-three finishers in the championship will each
earn a one-day Indy Lights test.
THE ROAD TO INDY SCHEDULE
The calendar include races held at venues featuring road courses, street circuits and ovals.
All races are run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series.
To see race schedule, visit the
Schedule Index

TELEVISON COVERAGE
All Indy Lights races will be broadcast live and on demand in the United States on NBC Sports Gold as part of the INDYCAR
Pass package. Outside of the U.S., all races will be live streamed on indylights.com, roadtoindy.tv and the Road to Indy TV
App.  All Indy Lights practice and qualifying sessions will be live streamed globally on the above platforms.

All three levels of the Road to Indy will receive coverage in Canada on MAVTV.

STREAMING COVERAGE
All shows are available on demand as well as live on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku. The shows will also be live streamed
on the free Road to Indy TV App (which launched in 2015), on RoadToIndy.TV and its social media platforms and on the
respective series websites – indylights.com, indypro2000.com and usf2000.com – and social media outlets.

Road to Indy TV will now be producing full live race shows with over three hours of streaming content daily on race weekends
which includes a dedicated pre-race show, and race and post-race coverage of each series highlighted by special segments
Paddock Pass, RTI Insider and The False Grid. [Note: Indy Lights races will not be live streamed in the United States due to
live coverage by NBC Sports Gold noted below.]

The social media component of the video content plan will include regular one-minute features with individual Indy Lights,
Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 race weekend highlights as well as Beyond the Grid, Road to Indy 101, Tech Talk, Story of the
Moment and Weekend Recap segments. Fuller two to five-minute edited segments will be produced the week following a
race event and will include Beyond the Grid, Road to Indy 101, Tech Talk, Story of the Moment and Race Recap.
The Road to Indy is a feeder system that leads to IndyCar for
the best young drivers that come along.

The first rung on the ladder is the
Cooper Tires USF2000
Championship
where drivers compete at IndyCar tracks, hoping
to advance.

The next rung on the ladder is the
Indy Pro 2000 Championship
presented by Cooper Tires
.  From there, drivers try to advance
to
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.

The best drivers from Indy Lights may finally advance to the top
rung of open-wheel racing - IndyCar!

The Road to Indy is the only driver development program in the
world to feature a champion’s scholarship at every level to advance
to the next step on the ladder system.   In 2020, scholarships and
awards valued at over $2.7 million are on offer in the Road to Indy
Presented by Cooper Tires, encompassing both race and year-end
awards.
Step 3 - Indy Lights
The third and final step on the Road to Indy debuted as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014. Sanctioned by
IndyCar, the series is now operated by Andersen Promotions, which oversees all three levels of the ladder system.

The Indy Lights champion is awarded a $1M scholarship toward the IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races including
the Indianapolis 500. Team and driver prize packages total over $1.9 million.

HISTORY
Indy Lights has produced some of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ biggest names during its 28-year history. Its 100+ graduates
include Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan to name a few.

Recent graduates who have gone on to pursue their dream of racing in the IndyCar Series and the famed Indianapolis 500:

2019 champion Oliver Askew,           2019 runner-up Rinus VeeKay,             2018 champion Patricio O'Ward,
2018 vice champion Colton Herta,    2017 champion Kyle Kaiser,                 2016 champion Ed Jones,
2015 champion Spencer Pigot,         2014 champion Gabby Chaves,           2013 champion Sage Karam,
2012 champion Tristan Vautier,         2011 champion Josef Newgarden,      2010 title runner-up James Hinchcliffe,
2010 4th-place Charlie Kimball          2009 champion JR Hildebrand.

CARS
New state-of-the-art single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis, the Dallara IL-15, was introduced in 2015.
The car comes complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting IndyCar and FIA standards.

ENGINES
2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R developed in conjunction with Advanced Engine Research (AER) producing 450 HP
with 50 HP push-to-pass for high speed overtaking and capable of running an entire season without a rebuild.

The new push-to-pass system is not available on ovals, starts or restarts.  The driver can choose to use it if he is within 1-
second fo the car in front of him.  It is supplied in a 10-second burst.   There are a limited number of uses.  The size and
number of corners at a track determine how many times a driver can use it.   It allows overtaking as the defending driver
cannot use it (unless he too would be within 1-second of the car in front of him.)

TOP SPEED
200 mph

TIRES
Cooper Tires

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
The Indy Lights champion is awarded a $1M scholarship toward the IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races
including the Indianapolis 500. Team and driver prize packages total over $1.9 million.
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