Andersen Promotions today announced a new agreement with the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) to become the sanctioning body for the three racing series owned and operated by the organization – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro Championship. 2000 presented by Cooper Tires as well as the new USF Juniors presented by Cooper Tires.
The USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 are both milestones in the highly visible Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, a scholarship-funded driver development platform for the NTT IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 series. The recently announced USF Juniors is a system-wide prerequisite offering its champion a scholarship to enter USF2000.
USAC Racing has enjoyed a rich history since its inception in 1956 as the sanctioning body for the United States National Championship and the Indianapolis 500. Although its portfolio is best known in the circular track area with sanctions Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget, it now rules a diverse motorsport platform that also includes the SRO World Challenge, the Porsche Sprint Challenge and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks.
“Thirty years ago, when I first announced the launch of the USF2000 series in 1991, the USAC stepped up its efforts and was my first sanctioning body,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO from Andersen Promotions. “We have come full circle and I am very happy to be back with them and look forward to building a long term relationship. USAC Racing is widely recognized for its exploitation of Midgets, Sprint and Silver Crown cars, but they are also becoming increasingly important in road racing with Porsche and SRO. It is a great sanctioning body and we are proud to be with them.
“I also want to thank IndyCar, which has sanctioned Road to Indy since its inception in 2010. IndyCar naturally focuses on the series it owns and operates. We will continue to use their services on race weekends and look forward to our continued relationship as a Support Series where our drivers continue on their way to the NTT IndyCar Series. “
USAC Racing sanctioning services will include license and membership management, resulting in cost savings for teams and drivers. Andersen Promotions will continue to outsource the services of IndyCar for race control, timing and scoring and the AMR IndyCar safety team with all events on its 2022 calendar for the USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 to supporting the NTT IndyCar series.
The Road to Indy will return later this month with its traditional Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on October 30 and 31. The release will feature all three levels of the scale, including Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, which is owned by IndyCar and will continue to operate under its sanction.