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F1600 Formula Ford Pro Series Set for 2011

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 14, 2010 at 11:04 am F1600 Series, open wheel racing news

For those who haven’t already heard, the F2000 Championship Series plans to launch a F1600 Formula F Series in 2011. It’s tough to add another North American junior formula series in the current economy, but I feel a Pro F1600 Series was much needed in the United States for young driver development. I’m not alone.

“We have thought about [a F1600 Series] for literally years and the impetus was the partners we have onboard to help make it happen,” said Series’ Managing Director Michael Rand. “The success of the 40th Anniversary of Formula Ford opened many eyes to what a vibrant, enthusiastic, group FF is.”

For Rand and the rest of the F1600 Series’ staff, the plan is to host this series for more than just up-and-coming drivers. Their idea is to run a program similar to their F2000 Championship Series – which features both young guns and experienced veterans.

“The series can serve as a means unto itself or as a launching pad for F2000 and beyond,” Rand added. “It’s designed for kids out of karting — as a first step into cars — as well as experienced club racing FF guys looking for better competition.”

It certainly has potential to be both. According to a Series’ release, the plan is to “piggyback” five doubleheaders on F2000 Championship stops. While a detailed schedule is yet to be released, the plan is to run Virginia International Raceway, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Lime Rock Park with another venue to be announced at a later date. I’m hoping for a Road America stop. Or perhaps something even closer to home (Brainerd International Raceway).

Obviously race budgets are unknown at this time, but according to informed sources the F1600 budget is expected to be 60-70 percent of the current F2000 budget.  For now, that’s just pure speculation.

Stay tuned for updates as the 2011 racing season approaches. For more information, visit http://www.F1600Series.com.

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