USF2000 Gears Up for Cooper Tires Winterfest - Series High Entries Expected for Third Annual Pre-Season Championship

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USF2000 Gears Up for Cooper Tires Winterfest - Series High Entries Expected for Third Annual Pre-Season Championship

PALMETTO, Fla. – A field of over 20 drivers and 10 teams will begin their 2013 Mazda Road to Indy quest when the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda returns to the race track this week for the six-race Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship. The pre-season mini-series will visit two Florida circuits hosting triple-header events over a span of six days at Sebring International Raceway on February 5/6 – the site of the first race on the regular season calendar – and Palm Beach International Raceway on February 9/10.

"It is fantastic to see the interest level in our pre-season championship continue to grow with our biggest field to date expected when we go green at Sebring," said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. "This is the first time that many drivers and teams will work together in a race environment and we are thrilled that they are taking advantage of this opportunity. In looking at the entry list, I would be hard-pressed to pick who will walk away with bragging rights. There is a lot of talent and we are looking forward to some great racing this week."

Following a hugely successful 2012 season featuring record fields, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is poised for additional growth this year. The series' 2013 schedule will expand its reach with new events in California, Texas and Canada and will feature five races in support of INDYCAR events. Two new teams have entered the series bringing the total team count to 15 and, to date, 20 drivers have been confirmed with additional announcements forthcoming. The series has also extended its agreements with key partners Mazda and Cooper Tires and announced a new partnership with SCCA Enterprises which becomes the presenting sponsor of the series' National Class.

In addition to 2012 series champion Matthew Brabham advancing to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this season, other USF2000 grads who were recently announced as taking the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder include Scott Anderson, Shelby Blackstock and Spencer Pigot.

Cooper Tires Winterfest competitors will share track time at Sebring's 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit with the IMSA Development Series Winter Test featuring the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, which precedes the annual American Le Mans Series "Winter Test" on February 7/8. Track time at the 2.034-mile, 11-turn Palm Beach International Raceway road course will be shared with the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Entries will include Austin Cindric with Andretti Autosport; Wyatt Gooden and Jake Eidson with Afterburner Autosport; Matt McMurry and Daniel Burkett with Belardi Auto Racing; Neil Alberico, James Fletcher, Scott Hargrove and Jeroen Slaghekke with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing; Florian Latorre with JAY Motorsports; Michael Johnson, Arthur Oliveira, Stefan Rzadzinski and Clark Toppe with JDC MotorSports; Jesse Lazare and Jason Wolfe with Pabst Racing Services; RC Enerson with ZSports Midwest with Team E Racing; plus several other drivers whose 2013 programs are yet to be announced.

The 2012 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship was won by Spencer Pigot and Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in dominant fashion with five victories.

Live timing and scoring will be available at www.usf2000.com.

The 2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will open on March 14/15 with two races in support of the American Le Mans Series and 61st running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

2013 Cooper Tires Winterfest Schedule
All Times Eastern

February 5 – Sebring International Raceway (with Cooper Tires Prototype Lites/IMSA GT3/Porsche GT3)
9:50 am - 10:20 am Practice
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Qualifying
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Race 1

February 6 – Sebring International Raceway (with Cooper Tires Prototype Lites/IMSA GT3/Porsche GT3)
9:40 am - 10:10 am Warm Up
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Race 2
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Race 3

February 9 – Palm Beach International Raceway (with Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires)
9:45 am - 10:15 am Practice
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Qualifying
3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Race 1

February 10 – Palm Beach International Raceway (with Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires)
8:45 am - 9:15 am Warm Up
10:45 am - 11:25 am Race 2
3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Race 3

NOTE: The grids for Races 2/3 are set by fastest laps.

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No. Driver Hometown Team Sponsors
2 Neil Alberico Santa Clara, California Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Racelite Protection/Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
3 James Fletcher Surrey, United Kingdom Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing TBA
4 Daniel Burkett** Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Belardi Auto Racing TBA
7 TBA Andretti Autosport
9 Felipe Donato Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil JAY Motorsports TBA
10 RC Enerson** New Port Richey, FL ZSports Midwest w/ Team E Team E Racing, Patriot Bank 11 Danilo Estrela** Goiânia, Brazil Belardi Auto Racing TBA
12 Arthur Oliveira Sao Paulo, Brazil JDC MotorSports TBA
14 Matt McMurry***
16 James Dayson* Vancouver, BC, Canada ArmsUp Motorsports Dayhu Group of Companies/Me & Lewis Ideas Inc.
17 Wyatt Gooden** Cleveland, Ohio Afterburner Autosport TBA
18 Jake Eidson** Littleton, Colorado Afterburner Autosport TBA
19 Clark Toppe Woodlands, Texas JDC MotorSports TBA
21 Jesse Lazare Dollard des Ormeaux, Pabst Racing Services TBA Quebec, Canada
23 Jason Wolfe Mount Vernon, Ohio Pabst Racing Services Pabst Racing/Wolfe Trucking, Inc.
32 Jeroen Slaghekke The Hague, Netherlands Cape Motorsports Wayne Taylor Racing TBA
38 Scott Hargrove Vancouver, BC, Canada Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Analytic Systems/Race Energy/Metal Action/Skip Barber Racing/Bell Racing
41 Peter Portante Plainville, Connecticut Belardi Auto Racing TBA
54 Michael Johnson Flint, MI JDC MotorSports Universal Coating/SpeediCath/FlatOutNation.com/Red Line Oil/
Bell Racing/Alpinestars
56 Matthew Di Leo Innisfil, ON, Canada MDL Racing Res Precasts
77 Austin Cindric Charlotte, North Carolina Andretti Autosport Nightrain Clothing
91 Florian Latorre Libourne, France JAY Motorsports TBA
93 Stefan Rzadzinski Edmonton, Alberta, Canada JDC MotorSports CanTorque/Christenson Developments

*National Class Competitor
**Sebring Rounds Only
***Palm Beach Rounds Only

 
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