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2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

[Visit RoadToIndy.Info for a full overview of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.]

Re-branded for 2019 and beyond, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as the Pro Mazda Championship in 2013, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder system, bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

RP Motorsport USA's Kyle Kirkwood and Juncos Racing's Rasmus Lindh held a season-long battle in the 2019 title chase with Kirkwood claiming the champion's crown by a mere two points and the scholarship to advance to Indy Lights in 2020 - his second consecutive Road to Indy scholarship.

In total, seven drivers representing five teams shared podium honors with four drivers capturing race wins in the 16-round season.

The Tatuus PM-18, introduced in 2018, continued to impress with 10 new track records in 2019, and will remain in competition through at least five more seasons through 2024 providing drivers with the proper training aboard a state-of-the-art chassis as they advance up the motorsports ladder.

For 2020, a total event and year-end prize package valued at over $808,000 is on offer, including a champion's scholarship valued at $594,820 to advance to Indy Lights in 2021.

HISTORY

Indy Pro 2000 has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today's top drivers since 1991. Graduates include NTT IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti, Gabby Chaves, Conor Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Sage Karam, Kyle Kaiser, Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal and Zach Veach and rising stars Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay.

SCHEDULE 

The 2020 Indy Pro 2000 calendar will consist of a 10-event, 18-race schedule alongside the NTT IndyCar Series at premier venues which include two ovals, six road course and two street course venues. In support of the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, both Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 will return for the Carb Night Classic on May 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

ROUND  DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2  March 14/15
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit*
3/4
 April 25/26
Circuit of The Americas
3.41-mile road course*
5/6
 May 8/9
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
7
 May 22 Lucas Oil Raceway 0.686-mile oval
8/9
 June 20/21 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
10/11
 July 11/12
Streets of Toronto, Ontario
1.755-mile street circuit*
12/13
 August 15/16
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course*
14  August 22
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway       
1.25-mile oval 
15/16
 September 5/6
Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course*
17/18  September 19/20    
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca      
2.238-mile road course*

*Doubleheader round  

SERIES PARTNERS

Cooper Tires, AiM Sports, Allied Building Products, AMR INDYCAR Safety Team, Carl Haas Auto, Cosworth, Dynamic Suspensions, Elite Engines, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Hyperco, INDYCAR Ministry, Kids On Track, Lucas Oil School of Racing, Motegi Racing, PFC Brakes, RACER, Racer Ink, Racing Communications, Tatuus, Tilton, Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand, VP Racing Fuels

COVERAGE

Indy Pro 2000 will feature global live streaming of all sessions on the Road to Indy TV App and at RoadToIndy.TV, indypro2000.com and indycar.com.

The popular RoadToIndy.TV, which enters its seventh season in 2020, will continue to provide behind-the-scenes content, race recap episodes and special features on Road to Indy teams and competitors to a worldwide audience.

In 2016, the Road to Indy became the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku and, most recently, the Xbox One Official App.

CAR | ENGINE

The Tatuus PM-18 debuted to rave reviews in 2018, and will remain in competition through at least 2024. The PM-18 uses the USF-17 chassis - introduced in 2017 - as the base car to help control the operational costs for teams who wish to move up. The chassis is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights and an upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Enhancements over the USF-17 include more sophisticated aerodynamics with an adjustable dual-element rear wing and single-plane carbon fiber front wing with adjustable flaps and Indy Pro 2000-specific front and rear endplates; larger Motegi Racing forged Technomesh monoblock alloy wheels with Cooper tires (13"x10" fronts and 13"x12" rears); and a 275 HP 2.0-liter Mazda MZR-PM18A motor developed by Elite Engines, utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system. The power is delivered via a Sadev SL82 six-speed sequential transmission and limited-slip differential.

VP is the Official Fuel of the Indy Pro 2000 series.

TIRES

Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/INDYPRO2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

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

OVALS

1st............................... 45              8th...............................20             15th............................ 9
2nd.............................. 38             9th................................18             16th............................ 8
3rd............................... 33             10th..............................17             17th............................ 6
4th............................... 29             11th..............................15             18th............................ 5
5th............................... 26             12th..............................14             19th............................ 4
6th............................... 23             13th..............................12             20th+.......................... 2

7th............................... 21             14th..............................11

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.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The 2020 champion's scholarship is valued at $594,820, which includes a $500,000 scholarship to advance to Indy Lights the following year and Cooper tires and race entry fees valued at $94,820 towards the champion’s next step on the ladder. The value of the total event and year-end prize money and awards on offer is $808,760.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The Road to Indy Summit and Oval Clinic is a three-part educational and promotional program held during the season. The platform provides valuable education on a variety of topics including marketing/business, media training, career growth and development, fitness and wellness, social media and a comprehensive introduction to oval track racing led by industry experts. It also features activities such as high-profile autograph sessions and fan Q&As, networking reception, team owner meet-and-greets and race shop tours. Additionally, the current points leader will pace the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field on Carb Day and be interviewed in front of the Indianapolis 500 crowd only minutes before the race.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Parker Thompson
1:07.9248 = 95.400 mph            
3/9/2019
  Race: Sting Ray Robb 1:08.5144 = 94.579 mph 3/10/2018
 Circuit of The Americas
Qualifying: Diego Ferreira
2:03.121 = 100.204 mph
3/1/2013
  Race: Matthew Brabham
2:03.116 = 100.208 mph
3/2/2013
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC        Qualifying: Rasmus Lindh    
1:18.9953 = 111.151 mph 5/10/2019
  Race: Kyle Kirkwood
1:19.3332 = 110.677 mph
5/10/2019
 Lucas Oil Raceway
Qualifying: Matthew Brabham         
19.744 = 125.081 mph
5/25/2013
  Race: Matthew Brabham
20.174 = 122.415 mph
5/25/2013
 Road America Qualifying: David Malukas 1:59.8151 = 120.606 mph 6/22/2018
  Race: Toby Sowery 2:01.3306 = 119.099 mph 6/22/2018
 Streets of Toronto
Qualifying:  Kyle Kirkwood
1:07.3800 = 95.423 mph
7/12/2019
  Race:  Rasmus Lindh
1:07.0213 = 95.934 mph
7/14/2019
 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: David Malukas 1:14.8576 = 108.590 mph 7/28/2018
  Race: Rinus VeeKay 1:16.3310 = 106.494 mph 7/29/2018
 World Wide Technology Raceway 
Qualifying: Rasmus Lindh
31.446 = 143.102 mph
8/23/2019
  Race: Kory Enders
31.4483 = 143.092 mph
8/24/2019
 Portland International Raceway
Qualifying:  Rinus VeeKay
1:05.8973 = 107.294 mph
9/1/2018
  Race:  Rinus VeeKay
1:07.1597 = 105.277 mph
9/1/2018
 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Qualifying:  Rasmus Lindh
1:19.8986 = 100.838 mph
9/21/2019
  Race:  Sting Ray Robb
1.21.1769 = 99.250 mph
9/21/2019

MILESTONES:

Most Starts  Dan Tomlin Jr. 60 2001-2008
Most Wins Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Wins in a Season Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Poles Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Poles in a Season Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Podiums Connor De Phillippi            19            2010-2012
Most Podiums in a Season          Matthew Brabham 15 2013

 

PAST CHAMPIONS:

Year Driver Entrant
2019
Kyle Kirkwood
RP Motorsport USA
2018
Rinus VeeKay
Juncos Racing
2017
Victor Franzoni
Juncos Racing
2016  Aaron Telitz  Team Pelfrey 
2015 Santiago Urrutia  Team Pelfrey
2014  Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
2013 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
2012 Jack Hawksworth Team Pelfrey
2011 Tristan Vautier JDC MotorSports
2010 Conor Daly Juncos Racing
2009 Adam Christodoulou JDC MotorSports
2008 John Edwards AIM Autosport
2007 Dane Cameron JDC MotorSports
2006 Adrian Carrio World Speed Motorsports
2005 Raphael Matos Ocean Tomo Racing
2004 * Michael McDowell Valley Motor Center
2003 Luis Schiavo Racers Edge Motorsports
2002 Guy Cosmo Racers Edge Motorsports
2001 Scott Bradley World Speed Motorsports
2000 Bernardo Martinez Team Bucknum
1999 + Joey Hand S3 Racing
1998 Ian Lacy S3 Racing
1997 Tony Buffomante Valley Motor Center
1996 Rich Stephens Miller Team Racing
1995 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center
1994 Brad Loehner Loehner Racing
1993 Ben Massey World Speed Motorsports
1992 Chuck West World Speed Motorsports
1991 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center

(*) Series switched from tube-frame cars to carbon-fiber cars in 2004.
(+) First season of unified national Star Mazda Championship series. From 1991 – 1999 the series crowned regional and oval-track champions.