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2013 F2000 Championship Schedule

Posted December 21, 2012 at 11:02 am F2000 Championship, Schedule Comments

F2000 drivers will return to Lime Rock Park in 2013 on May 24, according to the new schedule.

F2000 drivers will return to Lime Rock Park in 2013 on May 24, according to the new schedule.

The F2000 Championship Series today announced its 2013 schedule, featuring 14 races spread over seven events. The season is scheduled to open on April 11 at Virginia International Raceway. See the full 2013 calendar below.

2013 F2000 Championship Series Schedule: *

April 11-14, VIR

May 9-11, Road Atlanta

May 24-25, Lime Rock

June 27-29, Watkins Glen

July 26-28, Mid-Ohio

August 9-11, Mid-Ohio

August 23-25, Summit Point

*dates are tentative and subject to change


Tim Paul and Larry Foyt

AJ Foyt Racing announced it has signed 27-year-old race driver Tim Paul to an Indy Lights ride in 2014.

Paul, who has experience in karting, midgets, sprints, and F2000, will spend another full season in both the F2000 Championship Series and the USF2000 National Championship in 2013, before making the big jump to Lights.

Paul has spent the last three seasons in the F2000 Championship Series, earning one podium (3rd) at Lime Rock Park in 2011. Last season, Paul was able to string together nine straight top-10 finishes, with a best finish of fifth at both Virginia International Raceway and Mid-Ohio.

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Collin Daley

Group-A Racing announced it has signed Jamaican driver Collin Daley for the upcoming F2000 Championship race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Daley has a diverse background in karting and will graduate to cars through a testing and race program with Group-A Racing.

The young Jamaican driver is part of the Red Bull Junior program and spent time in Portugal last season testing a Formula Renault car. The up-and-coming driver hopes to develop his craft in the United States before relocating to Europe in 2013.

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Matias Koykka leads the F1600 Formula F Championship field during the season opening race at Virginia International Raceway. (photo: Dennis Valet)

Finland’s Matias Koykka was first to put his name in the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series title hunt with a win in the season-opening race at Virginia International Raceway. Koykka topped a heated four-car battle in the closing laps, besting 20 other drivers after starting from pole position.

Colin Thompson finished runner-up, trailing by 0.517 seconds at the line with Brandon Newey, Garett Grist, and Jeremy Grenier completing the top five.

Sean Maisey (7th) and John Nesbitt (12th) both improved seven positions.

In Round 2, Koykka, 17, appeared to be on his way to his second victory before contact with Grist ended his day. Newey went on to win by 0.042 seconds after a tight battle with teammate Grist. Thompson rounded out the top three with an impressive drive after dropping to 11th during the race.

In F2000 Championship Series competition, Robert La Rocca was in a class by himself earning two poles, two fast laps and two race wins aboard the No. 10 HP-Tech machine, besting a field of 33.

In the opening race, veteran Fabio Orsolon finished runner-up with Niki Coello completing the podium. Coello — who looks set to finally complete a full season — finished runner-up in the weekend’s second race with Wyatt Gooden completing the top three after contact knocked him out of the Round 1.

Nathan Morcom was the hard charger in the opening race driving from 31st to 15th, while Jeff McCusker maneuvered his way from 32nd to 19th in Round 2.

The F2000 Championship Series drivers return to action on May 10-12 at Road Atlanta, while the F1600 competitors are off until May 25-26 when they travel to Lime Rock Park.

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Video of the Day

Posted March 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm F2000 Championship, video Comments

Today’s video features Wyatt Gooden pushing the limits of his Quantum Racing Services’ F2000 Championship Van Diemen race car under the setting Oklahoma sun on Hallett Motor Racing Circuit — a 1.8-mile, 10-turn road course which features over 80 feet of elevation change and a rhythm section similar to one you’d find at Mid-Ohio.

After earning four wins in four F1600 Formula F Championship starts in 2011, Gooden is graduating to the F2000 Championship with Oklahoma-based QRS for 2012. He’s a good signing for the team and will certainly be a driver to watch in 2012 and beyond.

“Hallett is a phenomenally fun and challenging circuit,” said Gooden, following his pre-season test. “The circuit has a little bit of everything; a 90-mph turn one, a tight hairpin, blind sweepers, a tricky braking zone which starts over a blind crest, and finally a long increasing-radius corner leading onto the main straight. It’s a great place to learn the limits of the car’s aero and mechanical grip, with the added safety of lots of runoff space!”

Take a ride at Hallett with Wyatt Gooden below. Enjoy.


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2012 F2000 Championship Series Schedule

Posted November 25, 2011 at 10:18 am F2000 Championship Comments

The F2000 Championship Series released its 2012 schedule this morning. The 14-race calendar will stop at seven tracks and plans to have the F1600 Formula F Championship along at each venue.

2012 Tentative F2000 Schedule:

April 12 – 15: VIRginia International Raceway (with Historics)
May 10 – 12: Road Atlanta (with Formula Drift)
May 25 – 26: Lime Rock Park (with TransAm)
June 28 – July 1: New Jersey Motorsports Park (with ARCA and TransAm)
July 26 – July 29: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (with SCCA)
August 24 – 26: Summit Point (with CCS Motorcycle Racing)
October 12 – 14: Watkins Glen International (with Historics)


Team USA's Neil Alberico leads Kenneth Thirlwall at Brands Hatch during the 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival with Team Canada's Xavier Coupal close behind in the No. 23 car. (Photo: Jeff Bloxham)

F2000 Championship Series

  • Kyle Connery swept the competition at Watkins Glen; bumping his win total to six while claiming Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Remy Audette picked up two more podiums securing the 2011 championship, continuing his consistency. The talented Canadian finished all but one race inside the top five this season.
  • Chris Livengood wrapped up a solid season with a fourth and seventh-place finish en route to third overall in the points championship.

F1600 Championship Series

  • Wyatt Gooden is still looking for competition. The up-and-comer remained undefeated in F1600 competition; going 4-for-4 this season behind the wheel.
  • Bill Valet won the 2011 championship with a pair of third-place finishes during the season finale.
  • Ryan Leach put together a solid outing with two podiums.
  • Several other up-and-coming drivers joined the fray this weekend and showed promise.

Indy Lights

  • Following up on the F2000 recap, the 2010 F2000 Champion Victor Carbone found his way to victory lane in the Indy Lights season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Series champion Josef Newgarden led laps 4-66, but fell to ninth on the final lap when his tire went down following contact with teammate Carbone’s wing.
  • Stefan Wilson set the fastest lap of the race, clocking a 28.32227 while hitting 196.252 miles per hour down the straight.
  • Jorge Goncalvez put together another solid race by finishing third behind Carbone and Esteban Guerrieri — his fourth top-five finish on an oval this season.

Team USA and Canada at the Formula Ford Festival

  • Neil Alberico led the way for the North American contingent competing at the 40th Annual Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch by finishing third in the 20-lap “Kent” final.
  • USA’s Trent Hindman and Alberico both won heat races over the weekend and Team Canada’s Xavier Coupal was equally quick finishing runner-up in his heat. In addition, Coupal earned the pole position for the final with his semi-final speed.
  • Spencer Pigot struggled with tire issues and contact throughout the weekend, but held his head high and worked through adversity for a 16th-place finish in the “Duratec” final.
  • Despite contact Hindman put in several impressive “through the field” drives en route to a ninth in the final (he started 22nd).
  • Ivor McCullough won the Kent final and Scott Malvern won the Duratec Final at Brands Hatch.

Weekend Recap

Posted September 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm F1600 Series, F2000 Championship, Star Mazda Comments

F1600 Championship Series

Bill Valet used his home-track knowledge of Lime Rock Park to win his second race of the 2011 F1600 Formula F Championship season in Round Seven. Valet nipped Art Foster by .318 seconds at the stripe, but both Valet and Foster were an afterthought when the checkered flag waved. All eyes were on Colin Thompson who drove from dead last to third. Drive of the weekend? I think so. Well, maybe not …

In Round 8, Foster proved his season-best finish of second during the first race of the weekend wasn’t a fluke. Similar to Valet, Foster was at home on the Lime Rock Park circuit — a course he considers his home track. Ryan Leach was second, 0.372 seconds astray and Thompson piloted his way to another third-place result.

Honorable mention should go to Jim Goughary who qualified on pole for both races at LRP.

The F1600 drivers conclude their season on Oct. 14-16 at Watkins Glen International.

F2000 Championship Series

Championship leader Remy Audette earned his fifth win of the 2011 F2000 Championship Series season on Saturday at Lime Rock Park. He basically put on a clinic after surviving a Turn 1 incident on the opening lap of the weekend’s first race, winning by 14.285 seconds over Tim Minor. Angel Benitez scored a podium finish in the 28-lap race — his first of the season.

Did I say Colin Thompson had the drive of the weekend?  Yes, I think I did. Those watching the F2000 Championship race might argue, though. Minor — who was involved in the aforementioned first turn clash — drove from last to second. His performance might steal the honor, you be the judge.

Current runner-up in the championship, Chris Livengood was bumped from competition (following the T1 incident) in the weekend’s first race. Having lost so many points to Audette — with championship hopes seemingly gone — some would bow out. Not Livengood.

He rebounded to win Round 12 — starting from off-pole to Audette — stretching his lead over the Canadian to 5.610 seconds. Audette maintained an 88 point lead by finishing second, while Tim Paul capped off his best race of the year, finishing third.

Star Mazda

No one could touch Connor De Phillippi at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday as the talented pilot drove to a 1.671-second lead after starting from pole position. He was plain fast.

While De Phillippi was fast, Vautier was consistent. The Frenchman seized the 2011 Star Mazda Championship with a fifth-place result in the Series’ season-finale. Vautier never finished outside the top-five this season; logging four wins, four pole positions, four fast laps and six podiums driving for three-time champs JDC MotorSports. Vautier was Mr. Consistent in the No. 5 machine.

De Phillippi’s teammate Nick Andries finished second, his fourth runner-up result of the season. A win isn’t far off. The impressive combination of De Phillippi and Andries helped earn Team Pelfrey the team championship. De Phillippi concluded the season second overall with Andries third in the drivers’ standings.

Zach Veach finished an exemplary third Sunday in his second-ever Star Mazda race. Patrick McKenna made a solid return to the championship with a fourth-place result.

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Weekend Recap

Posted July 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm F2000 Championship, Indy Lights, Karting, Skip Barber, Star Mazda Comments

Kyle Connery celebrates his fourth F2000 Championship win of the 2011 season after taking the checkered flag Friday at Mosport International Raceway. (Photo: Valet)

Skip Barber NationalRoad Atlanta

Scott Anderson finished the weekend in Road Atlanta right where he started: First. The talented 22-year-old set the fastest lap in Round 9 qualifying and went on to sweep the weekend, winning both Round 9 and 10 while extending his overall championship lead. Brandon Newey was runner-up in the weekend’s first race with Sebastian Ordonez rounding out the top-three. In Round 10, Trent Hindman was second with Shelby Blackstock rounding out the podium after starting seventh.

F2000 Championship Series – Mosport

Kyle Connery picked up ten points on championship leader Remy Audette by winning his fourth race of the 2011 season Friday, July 22, at Mosport. It was his second-consecutive win in the series. On Saturday, however, Audette returned the favor by winning his fourth race of the year while extending his championship lead to 104 points (w/out drops). The victory marked Audette’s second-career win at Mosport. Chris Livengood, who sits second in the F2000 Championship standings, finished runner-up both days.

Star Mazda – Mosport

J.V. Horto secured his first-career Star Mazda win in Round 6 of the 2011 championship Sunday after starting fifth at Mosport. The victory also marked the first win of the 2011 season for Juncos Racing — the team which won the ’10 title. Connor De Phillippi finished second and Tatiana Calderon rounded out the top-three for her second-career podium finish. De Phillippi’s runner-up result bumped him into second-place in the drivers’ standings, just six points behind leader Tristan Vautier.

Indy Lights – Edmonton

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has Edmonton figured out. During the first of the Twin 100’s at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport circuit, Esteban Guerrieri piloted his No. 7 SSM entry to victory with a flawless performance. He was trailed closely by teammate and championship leader Josef Newgarden throughout the timed event. Newgarden drove to victory Sunday, edging Toronto winner Stefan Wilson at the stripe. The win — Newgarden’s fourth of the year — elevated his lead in the championship to 63 points. Victor Carbone had a bit of a break-through weekend, challenging for a podium finish both days. Series’ rookie Oliver Webb put in an impressive performance for Jensen MotorSport finishing fifth and third, respectively, in his debut.


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F1600 and F2000 at Mid-Ohio

Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm F1600 Series, F2000 Championship Comments

Not to be forgotten, the F1600 and F2000 Championship Series were both in action last weekend at Mid-Ohio.


There really isn’t much more to say than: Wyatt Gooden. The 22-year-old driver made his debut in the series this past weekend in commanding fashion. He earned the pole position in the first qualifying session and later went on to sweep both races despite some serious opposition from the incredibly-quick Mitch Martin — who, ironically, was also making his debut in the F1600 F Championship Series.

The Series returns to action this fall with a race at Lime Rock Park on Sept. 16-17.


The F2000 Championship Series saw a weekend split between Chris Livengood — who won his first-career F2000 event at Mid-Ohio last season — and Kyle Connery — the driver who swept the competition at Road Atlanta in early May. Brian Tomasi and Robert LaRocca both had a fairly strong weekend as well against a stout field.

The F2000 drivers will hit the track again July 22-24 for a high-speed battle at Mosport where Canadian — and current championship leader — Remy Audette will try to distance himself from the pack on home soil.

For much more detail on last weekend’s races make sure to visit the F1600 Formula F Championship Series page here and the F2000 Championship Series page here.

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