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The USF2000 National Championship will run an exhibition doubleheader on May 20-23, 2010 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The event will be a non-points weekend but will be run in front of the ALMS crowd.

Overall, I think it’s a good idea.  This extra event — for those able to attend — will provide some additional seat time before running the oval race at O’Reilly Raceway Park for the “Night Before the 500”.  The gap from March 26th (at St. Petersburg) to May 29th (at O’Reilly Raceway Park) was pretty big, especially at the start of the year.  The USF2000 competitors will also have the opportunity to pick up a little extra exposure in front of the Star Mazda crowd as they too will be running at Laguna Seca over the weekend.

Series officials have opened up the National class to the Pacific F2000 Series as well, which has the potential to increase the field size by at least 10 cars.   The Pacific F2000 Series had 12 drivers competing at their opening round at AAA Speedway.

The downside to the doubleheader is the late notice and that both races will be run on Sunday with the start times just over four hours apart.  The morning race will be held at 10:15 am on Sunday and the afternoon race will be held at 2:30 pm.  Unless things go perfectly in race-1 the teams will be under a pretty tight time-frame to make the grid for race-2.



  1. Matt Chamois on April 7, 2010 11:42 am

    I wonder if this could become a yearly fixture, along with possibly FIL series tagging along? After all, they are sanctioned by the same body.

  2. Mark Boudreau on April 7, 2010 12:07 pm

    I believe that is what they are aiming to do.

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