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Incentives Update

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm open wheel racing news

USF2000 National Championship

Andersen Promotions has come up with a few awards to help bring in underfunded drivers for the 2011 USF2000 National Championship season.  The following are in addition to the MazdaSPEED Development Ladder which provides the Skip Barber National Champion with a $150,000 to graduate into the USF2000 ranks.  Additionally, the USF2000 Champion will receive a fully-funded ride in the Star Mazda ranks – also courtesy of the MazdaSPEED Development Program.

The following will be put in place to help bring up even more open-wheel talent.  Per the USF2000 Website.

Formula Ford ($41,600 in awards):

  • 2010 British Formula Ford Festival Duratec event: The winner and the runner-up will both receive free annual driver registration for the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.  In addition, the champion will receive free USF2000 race entries for the 2011 USF2000 season and the runner-up will receive a 50 percent discount on those entry fees.  The champion’s award is valued at $13,800 and the runner-up’s award is valued at $7,400 for a total of $21,200.
  • 2010 champions of five worldwide Formula Ford series (United States, British, Australian, Benelux and Canadian): Each of these five champions will receive $5,000 certificates redeemable towards either entry fees in the 2011 USF2000 Winter Series and/or the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.

SCCA Formula Continental/F2000 ($19,800 in awards):

  • 2010 SCCA Runoffs Formula Continental Champion:  This titlist will be entitled to a $5,000 certificate redeemable towards entry fees in the 2011 USF2000 Winter Series and/or the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.
  • Champion of the F2000 Championship series and the champion of the PacificF2000 series: Both titlists will receive free annual driver registration and a 50 percent discount on race entries for the 2011 USF2000 National Championship season. These awards are valued at $7,400 each.

SCCA Formula Enterprises and Formula Mazda ($10,000 in awards):

  • 2010 SCCA Runoffs Formula Enterprises (FE) and Formula Mazda (FM) champions: Both of these champions will receive $5,000 certificates redeemable towards entry fees in the 2011 USF2000 Winter Series and/or the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.

Star Mazda

The 2010 Star Mazda Championship will dole out over $1.5 million dollars to this year’s crop of competitors with the help of Mazda, VisitFlorida, and other Series’ sponsors.  Here’s what they have planned.

  • The top prize is $750,000 which will put the Series’ champion in a fully funded factory-backed RX-8 for the 2011 GrandAm GT 1 season. (It remains to be seen if Conor Daly will go that route)
  • Daly will also receive an additional $100,000 in cash and a test with an Indy Lights team.
  • The VisitFlorida Cup Champion is scheduled to receive a ‘dream vacation’ in Florida.
  • $500,000 in cash awards will be given to the Series’ top-15 finishers.
  • The Rookie of the Year will receive $10,000.
  • The top-3 finishers in the Expert and Master Series championship each receive $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, while the top-3 finishers in the Team Championship get $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000.
  • Special prizes add to the total, including $5,000 for the Quartermaster Clutch Performer Award, $5,000 for the VP Fuels Most Improved Driver Award, $2,500 for the President’s (Spirit of Star Mazda) Award and $1,500 for the Performance Friction Crewmember of the Year Award.  The winner of the BBS Wheels Hard Charger Award gets a custom-made coffee table made from a polished BBS wheel and etched glass top, plus a set of four BBS racing or BBS road car wheels, a prize valued at $5,000.  In addition, merchandise valued at more than $40,000 is awarded via drawings conducted during driver meetings at each race weekend, including 26 sets of new Goodyear radial racing tires (two sets per weekend) and 13 sets of Performance Friction brake pads.

Additionally, the Road to Indy program is working on putting more prizes together for young drivers who are working their way up the ladder.  Stay tuned for future announcements.

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One Comment

  1. Doug on September 17, 2010 6:18 am

    I’d love to see the Star Mazda scholarship go to an Indy Lights ride, but I understand Mazda’s motivation. They have a strong Grand-Am program and no greater open-wheel program than Star Mazda now that Atlantics is defunct. I suppose the real solution that I’d like to see is Mazda involvement in Indy Lights as an engine manufacturer. Firestone Indy Lights Powered by Mazda has a nice ring to it, no?

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