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THERE ARE THREE SERIES ON THE LADDER SYSTEM
Indy Lights
Step 2 - Pro Mazda
Step 1 - USF2000
Championship Points
2016
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GENERAL
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda 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 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 Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the ladder system.

The series is also part of the Mazda Motorsports Development program which assists young drivers in advancing from the Skip
Barber Racing School to USF2000. The winner of the Skip Barber Shootout will earn a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda to
advance to USF2000.

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
USF2000 features open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit cars with front and rear wings. As a cost constraint, the rules
package requires a one-make chassis. Only Van Diemen Elan cars manufactured from 2001 on are eligible to compete.
This allows teams to amortize their purchase over multiple years. The cars are low-budget, easy to work on mechanically and
offer multiple tuning adjustments with cornering speeds matching the next level car (Pro Mazda).

In 2014, the traditional 4-speed Hewland H-pattern gearbox was replaced by a new Hewland 5-speed sequential shift gearbox.
PFC brake pads also were introduced as a standard component.

VP Racing Fuels is the Official Fuel of USF2000.

In 2017, a new chassis will be 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 will also feature 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 USF2000 Van Diemens are powered by the Mazda MZR 2-liter powerplant – a four-cylinder, double-overhead cam, fuel-
injected engine generating approximately 170 horsepower and capable of powering cars to speeds of 150 mph. All Mazda
MZR engines are prepared and sealed by Elite Engines of West Bend, Wis.


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

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

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


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


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.

PRO MAZDA MASTERS CLASS (for drivers age 35+):

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1
THE SERIES
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as a new series in 2013, replacing 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 Mazda Road to Indy ladder system bridging the gap between the
USF2000 and Indy Lights. The series' champion is awarded a scholarship package from Mazda 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 Pro Mazda Championship features open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit cars with front and rear wings. The carbon fiber
chassis, which was introduced in 2004, is built to FIA standards.

VP Racing Fuels is the Official Fuel of Pro Mazda.

A new chassis will be 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 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.

The PM-18 adds more power over the USF-17 from a Mazda SKYACTIV engine, 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 Indy.

ENGINES
Pro Mazda currently utilizes the Mazda Renesis rotary engine as remanufactured and serviced by SpeedSource Race
Engineering. The engine generates approximately 260 horsepower - 90 horsepower more than a USF2000 Mazda MZR
powerplant - and is capable of powering cars to speeds of 160 mph.

TIRES
Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/PROMAZDA as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will distribute nearly $1 million in prizes and awards in 2016. The
series champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2017.
Additional champion’s awards include a Cooper Tires Award for tires and series award for race entries.
THE ROAD TO MAZDA SCHEDULE
The calendar will include 16 races held at eight venues featuring five road course, two street circuit and one oval event.
Aside from the oval, all rounds are double-headers with the now traditional tripleheader event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course. All races with the exception of the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - which features all three levels of
the Mazda Road to Indy - are run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series.

TELEVISON COVERAGE
All races will feature live streaming shows on indycar.com, promazda.com and the RoadtoIndy.TV App including pre- and
post-race coverage. Additional coverage such as post-race press conferences and special events will be streamed on the
series website and the RoadtoIndy.TV App.

The popular RoadToIndy.TV and RoadtoIndy.TV App will continue to provide behind-the-scenes content, race recap episodes,
special features, live streaming and live shows of Mazda Road to Indy on and off-track activities.
The Mazda Road to Indy is a feeder system that leads to IndyCar
for the best young drivers that come along.

Beginning with the Cooper Tires USF2000, drivers compete at
IndyCar tracks, hoping to advance eventually to the Pro Mazda.

From Pro Mazda, a driver may advance to Indy Lights.

The best drivers from Indy Lights may finally advance to the top
run of open-wheel racing - IndyCar!
Step 3 - Indy Lights
The third and final step on the Mazda 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 Mazda 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. 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. More recently, several Indy Lights
champions and front-runners have gone on to pursue their dream of racing in the IndyCar Series and the famed Indianapolis
500. Among them are 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 fourth-place
finisher Charlie Kimball and 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 Verizon IndyCar Series with three guaranteed races
including the Indianapolis 500. Team and driver prize packages total over $1.9 million.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup is the signature spec series
for the Mazda Road to 24, the sports car counterpart
to the Mazda Road to Indy,

IndyCar began sanctioning the series in 2017.

4 of the 12 Mazda Cup event weekends will be held
during IndyCar Series events:
* Barber Motorsports Park
* Road America
* Toronto
* Watkins Glen
Plus - the series will also compete on the road course
at IMS during the SVRA event in June.

Global MX-5 Cup Web Site
Global MX-5 Cup