Andersen Promotions has offered the founding of the USF Juniors offered by Cooper Tires, which is able to commence up competition in 2022. The brand new division will be the first stage on IndyCar’s Avenue to Indy feeder sequence pipeline, positioned beneath the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Drivers as younger as fourteen also can compete, and sturdy performances can even be rewarded with a prize of $325,000 and a scholarship price over $200,000 to graduate to USF2000.
Thursday’s news methodology there will be 5 rungs on the Avenue to Indy. Above the USF Juniors and USF2000 is the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. Success reports from there circulate as a lot as Indy Lights sooner than reaching the final function of the NTT IndyCar Sequence. Andersen Promotions oversees the USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000, and the firm became the longtime promoter of Indy Lights sooner than ceding responsibilities to IndyCar for 2022.
“There are many routes into the Avenue to Indy, nonetheless it has change into apparent that one extra entry stage step became wanted,” Andersen Promotions head Dan Andersen stated. “Our contemporary first step, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, has change into extremely more aggressive from a international scale of riding potential than what feeble to be regarded as as entry stage.
“Our function with USF Juniors is to present an correct entry stage sequence that is professionally managed where drivers, groups and oldsters can form out training and racing by approach of shorter, more cost-effective events, while also reducing the spotlight on younger drivers that in overall occurs on IndyCar speed weekends. Our entry stage drivers will learn the abilities wanted for them to circulate onto the Avenue to Indy, with much less stress. The brand new sequence will be choreographed with our contemporary programmes and mountainous partnership with Cooper Tires. The feedback I even comprise got from team owners has been nothing nonetheless certain.”
The Ligier JS chassis will be feeble with Honda Efficiency Model engines willing by Elite Engines, who also builds motors for Indy Pro 2000. The Ligier JS is a System 4 single-seater that has also viewed explain in the System 4 US Championship, while USF2000 utilises an F4 chassis from Tatuus (the USF-17).
A time table for the inaugural season became now in a roundabout procedure printed, despite the very fact that the sequence intends to speed six toll road direction weekends with some being tripleheaders for sixteen to eighteen races entire. The 2022 IndyCar calendar functions twelve rounds at toll road courses and toll road circuits that the Juniors can join as undercards.
The United States Auto Membership (USAC) will sanction the USF Juniors, with Johnny Unser and Joel Miller working as speed directors as they already possess for USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. Gustavo Yacaman, a three-time Indy Lights speed winner and sports activities automobile driver who now oversees the YACademy Iciness Sequence for aspiring racers, can support as sequence supervisor. 2014 Indy Lights champion and ex-IndyCar well-liked Gabby Chaves will be the motive force coach.
“We’re playing an increasing need of drivers coming to USF2000 from assorted junior programmes every 365 days, so creating this new platform will handiest pay dividends when it comes to properly training the younger racers who try to circulate into the Avenue to Indy,” commented Avenue to Indy sequence pattern director Accumulate Howden. “The USF Juniors programme will immerse these younger drivers in our culture and our methodology to training and speed direction. I factor in that this would possibly possibly maybe handiest support to extra extend the fantastic of the competition in USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 in the upcoming years. The drivers will learn the Avenue to Indy methodology and ambiance, which I factor in sets us except for utterly different programmes.”