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USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires debuts in 2022 as a pre-step to the highly regarded Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder system whose recent graduates include NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers Oliver Askew, Colton Herta, Patricio O'Ward and Rinus VeeKay.

Concept

USF Juniors provides an entry level program for young drivers needing more experience and track time before moving onto the highly competitive Road to Indy platform. The series brings the level of professionalism and organization seen in the Road to Indy to a driver's first serious championship choice. Emphasis is placed on teaching and 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 $310,000 will be on offer in 2022 including a scholarship valued at more than $220,000 to advance to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship - the first official step on the Road to Indy. In addition, the Lucas Oil School of Racing will be directing its champion's scholarship towards a season in USF Juniors.

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 two 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 the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, which competes 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 will be 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 .25 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.

Staffing

In addition to a team from Andersen Promotions' current staff, former Indy Lights race winner and sports car talent Gustavo Yacaman will serve as series manager. Yacaman also leads the YACademy Winter Series, a highly regarded training ground for drivers looking to make the move from karts to cars.

Race Control will be overseen by current Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 Race Directors Johnny Unser and Joel Miller. Road to Indy Technical Director Daryl Fox will oversee technical operations and a staff that will conform to methods and procedures currently utilized in USF2000. Former Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves will be the USF Juniors Official Driver Coach.

Equipment Package

For 2022, USF Juniors will utilize the popular Ligier JS chassis and HPD powerplant. The sealed HPD engine will be the only engine seals recognized, and an engine technician will attend all events to work in conjunction with the series technical team.

The Tatuus JR-23 will make its competition debut in 2023 utilizing the same base chassis as the first two steps of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires 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.

Modifications for the USF Juniors series include the uprights, brake package, dampers and wheels. The USF2000 2-liter MZR powerplant prepared by Elite Engines will use a different restrictor plate producing 150 horsepower. The Cooper tire-shod chassis will feature the latest Magneti Marelli data logger and ECU.

The series will utilize a spec fuel, VP 93, ordered through the series.

Schedule

The 2022 schedule will feature six events and 16 races in total, held in conjunction with USAC (Porsche Sprint Challenge North America), INDYCAR and NASCAR events. All races will be run to a lap count with extended time windows to ensure competitors a set number of green-flag racing laps.

Rounds Date
Venue
 1/2/3          
April 23/24         
Ozarks International Raceway
 4/5 April 28/29
Barber Motorsports Park
 6/7/8 June 4/5
Virginia International Raceway
 9/10 July 8/9
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
 11/12/13 July 30/31
Road America
 14/15/16 September 17/18      
Circuit of The Americas

 

Coverage

All races will feature global live streaming on Road to Indy TV, the USF Juniors App and usfjuniors.com.

Point System

ROAD/STREET COURSES

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.