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USF JUNIORS PRESENTED BY CONTINENTAL TIRE

USF Juniors Presented by Continental Tire is the first official step on the USF Pro Championships Presented by Continental Tire driver development system which provides an unparalleled scholarship-funded path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis 500. USF Juniors made its debut in 2022 and currently offers a scholarship valued at $263,700 to advance to USF2000 in 2025 - the second step on the ladder.

Nicolas Giaffone, 19, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, driving for DEForce Racing won the 2023 championship title and will graduate to USF2000 in 2024.

CONCEPT

USF Juniors provides an entry level program for young drivers needing more experience and track time before moving onto the highly competitive USF2000 platform. The series brings a level of professionalism and organization to a driver's first serious championship choice. Emphasis is placed on training - with a "teaching" staff second to none - in addition to providing an environment for great competition.

SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE/PRIZE MONEY

A prize package exceeding of $330,000 will be on offer in 2024, including a scholarship valued at $263,700 to advance to USF2000. Additional prize money and awards include the per-race Continental Tire Pole Award as well as season-ending awards including Rookie of the Year, Championship Team, Mechanic of the Year, Spirit Award, YACademy Move of the Year and a Hard Charger Award.

In total, the USF Pro Championships Presented by Continental Tire will distribute over $1.68M in prize money and awards.

ELIGIBILITY  

The series is open to drivers as young as 14 years of age. Upon application, a 13-year-old driver may compete provided he/she turns 14 prior to the last event of the season and provided they have presented an acceptable resume of prior experience in karting, a school series, amateur racing, etc. and have further demonstrated in the YACademy Winter Series the abilities to enter USF Juniors competition early.

OWNERSHIP/SANCTIONING

USF Juniors is owned and operated by Andersen Promotions, which has over three decades of experience in the successful promotion of race events throughout North America. Led by CEO Dan Andersen and COO Michelle Kish, the company has a staff of over 40 dedicated motorsports professionals and has achieved an outstanding reputation in the racing world, known for its integrity, presentation and operational expertise.

Andersen Promotions currently operates USF2000 and USF Pro 2000, which compete primarily in support of INDYCAR, as well as the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires, the signature spec series for Mazda Motorsports competing under the IMSA umbrella.

USF Juniors is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing). USAC Racing has enjoyed a storied history since being formed in 1956 as a sanctioning body for the United States National Championship and the Indianapolis 500. While its portfolio is best known in the circle track arena with Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and Quarter Midget sanctioning, it now governs a diverse motorsports platform which also includes the SRO World Challenge, Porsche Sprint Challenge and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks.

EQUIPMENT PACKAGE

The Tatuus JR-23 made its competition debut in 2023 utilizing the same base chassis as the second and third steps of the USF Pro Championships ladder with some modifications to conform to an entry level step. Drivers and teams can begin with the JR-23 chassis and continue to advance up the world’s most complete driver development system with a forward-thinking three-step concept. The equipment package will remain in competition for at least four more seasons through 2027.

2024 SCHEDULE - SIX EVENTS/16 RACES

The 2024 schedule features six events and 16 races in total, held in conjunction with INDYCAR and USAC events. All races are run to a lap count with extended time windows to ensure competitors a set number of green-flag racing laps.

Rounds Date
Venue
Supporting
 1/2/3          
April 5-7*         
NOLA Motorsports Park
Standalone Event
 4/5 April 25-28*
Barber Motorsports Park
INDYCAR
 6/7/8 June 14-16*
Virginia International Raceway
USAC
 9/10 July 4-7*
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
INDYCAR
 11/12/13 August 9-11*
Road America
USAC
 14/15/16 August 22-25*      
Portland International Raceway    
INDYCAR

 

*Includes pre-event test day

Additional test dates include a series' open test at Mid-Ohio on May 15/16 and September 10/11.

COVERAGE

Coverage of USF Juniors will feature worldwide live streaming on the USF Pro Championships App, YouTube channel and website. All races will be available on the series YouTube channel after each event.

CHAMPIONS

2023    
Nicolas Giaffone         
DEForce Racing
2022
Mac Clark
DEForce Racing

 

MILESTONES

Most Wins   
Nicolas Giaffone     
6
Most Poles
Mac Clark
10
Most Podiums   
Mac Clark
12
Most Top-Fives      
Sam Corry
15
Most Top-10s
Quinn Armstrong     
21

 

TRACK RECORDS

NOLA Motorsports Park
N/A
 

Barber Motorsports Park
Qualifying: Nicolas Giaffone  1:25.738 = 96.573 mph      
 April 28, 2023 
  Race: Nicolas Giaffone  1:26.070 = 96.201 mph   April 28, 2023 
VIRginia International Raceway 
Qualifying: Ethan Ho
1:55.327 = 102.075 mph
 June 3, 2023
  Race: Jack Jeffers
1:54.619 = 102.705 mph
 June 4, 2023
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course    
Qualifying: Nicolas Giaffone
1:25.275 = 95.325 mph
 July 7, 2023
  Race: Nicolas Giaffone
1:26.285 = 94.209 mph
 July 7, 2023
Road America
Qualifying: Quinn Armstrong   
2:15.003 = 107.038 mph
 August 12, 2023
  Race: Nicolas Giaffone
2:15.264 = 106.831 mph
 August 13, 2023
Portland International Raceway           
N/A
 
 


POINT SYSTEM

1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1

7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

 

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.