IndyCar Launches Open Wheel Development Series in 2022 - Engine Builder Magazine

IndyCar Launches Open Wheel Development Series in 2022


Andersen Promotions has announced a new series designed to help drivers prepare for the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires driver development platform, a path to the NTT IndyCar Series. USF Juniors presented by Cooper Tires will launch in 2022 and offer a prize package exceeding $325,000, including a scholarship valued at more than $200,000 to advance to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

USAC will sanction the new series with a schedule comprising six road-course race weekends, most with tripleheader rounds, for a total of 16 to 18 races. Budgets are expected to be in the $120,000 to $150,000 range, and the series will be open to drivers as young as 14 years of age. For 2022, the Ligier JS chassis and HPD powerplant will be utilized with long-time series engine builder Elite Engines performing all new builds and rebuilds. Cooper Tires will develop a series-specific tire for the tripleheader events with two sets of tires allocated for each event weekend.

“Our goal with USF Juniors is to provide a true entry-level series that is professionally managed where drivers, teams, and parents can focus on training and racing via shorter, more economical events, while also lowering the spotlight on young drivers that often occurs on IndyCar race weekends. Our entry-level drivers will learn the skills needed for them to move onto the Road to Indy, with less pressure,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions.

The former Indy Lights race winner and sports car talent Gustavo Yacaman will fill the role of series manager. Current Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 Race Directors Johnny Unser and Joel Miller will oversee race control and will work directly with USF Juniors official driver coach Gabby Chaves, the 2014 Indy Lights champion, in preparing drivers to take the next step on the ladder. Registration for USF Juniors presented by Cooper Tires will open in November.

For more information, visit usfjuniors.com.

You May Also Like

Sick Week Wins USA Today’s Readers’ Choice for Best Motorsports Race

The week-long event held throughout Florida, plays host to over 350 street cars.

Sick the Magazine, which runs and promotes an annual drag-and-drive event known as Sick Week, recently was named USA Today's Readers' Choice for its Best Motorsports Race of 2024. Sick Week started three years ago, and has since become a staple of the drag-and-drive race scene for numerous reasons.

NHRA Names New South Central Division Director

Johnson will oversee NHRA member tracks in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

McLaren Racing’s Zak Brown to Receive IMRRC’s Cameron R. Argetsinger Award

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, will receive the 10th annual IMRRC Cameron R. Argetsinger Award at a gala presented by Sahlen’s, NASCAR, Watkins Glen International and IMSA, on Thursday, September 12, 2024. The dinner and presentation will be held prior to the running of the NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen event, September 11-15,

Schaeffler to Support Automotive Transmission Service Group Education

Schaeffler to provide ATSG members with ongoing education and technical resources.

Bryan LaFlam Secures Ownership Stake in BigStuff Total Power Management

LaFlam will work alongside Ben Davidow, who acquired the company in 2021, as co-owner and director of operations.

Other Posts

SEMA Announces 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

SEMA’s newest Hall of Fame members are Chris Kersting, Jack Priegel, Les Rudd, and Jon Wyly.

Schaeffler Recognized as General Motors 2023 Top Global Supplier

Schaeffler was presented its Top Supplier Award during the recent General Motors Supplier of the Year Event in Miami.

Pikes Peak Poster Art Contest Winner

The winning design was submitted by Rachel Aweida, a Colorado native who works in marketing for a commercial real estate firm.

American Powertrain Adds GearStar Automatic Transmissions

American Powertrain has now added GearStar automatic transmissions for Ford, Chevy and Mopar to its product lineup.