Q: I’m ready to join the series as a driver. What’s the first step?
A: A good start is by contacting the team to discuss a test day. Private team test days are a great way for a driver to become familiar with the team and the car. In this low pressure environment, a driver is able to learn quickly from their crew and engineers, as well as gauge their learning curve and current level of competitiveness against current series drivers.
Q: What past experience do I need to have as a driver to compete in USF2000?
A: USF2000 drivers come to the series from a variety of different racing backgrounds. Most have done an extensive amount of kart racing in their home country. Some have graduated through amateur formula car series or even other non-formula car racing disciplines. One of the recommended path is through the Rotax Max Challenge program which provides excellent training for drivers of all ages.
Q: How much does it cost for a full season of USF2000 racing?
A: The cost can vary considerably depending on what a team may include such as additional team testing, tire sets allotted, team location and more. Full budgets, are typically in the $270,000 to $350,000 range.
Q: What does the USF2000 Champion earn?
A: The USF2000 series offers over $463,000 in prizes and awards to its competitors, which includes race-by-race prize money packages, contingency awards (Tilton Hard Charger, PFC, Staubli, Race Energy and RePlay XD Move of the Race awards) and season-ending awards. The series champion receives a prize package valued at over $378,000 to advance to the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship the following year.