The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is set to converge on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America for the first time since 2012 with a field of 25 cars.
The USF2000 series joins the other two Mazda Road to Indy championships in supporting the Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix weekend.
Leading the series entering the weekend at Road America are Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammates Parker Thompson and Anthony Martin. The duo has won each of the last five rounds and has put the team well on track to earning its fifth consecutive team championship.
Thompson, of the team’s No. 2 entry, has started on the front row in all races thus far this season and has finished outside of the top four only once. With three victories, the consistent driver has won more races than any other driver at this stage in the season.
Australian driver Martin, meanwhile, has won two races and collected six top-five finishes so far in 2016.
Beyond the Nos. 2 and 8 cars of Thompson and Martin, Cape Motorsports will also field Russian driver Nikita Lastochkin and rookie Jordan Cane in their third and fourth cars.
Despite the success of late of the Cape Motorsports duo, a pair of teams local to Road America cannot yet be counted out for the championship this year.
Pabst Racing and ArmsUp Motorsports, based in Oconomowoc and Sheboygan Falls, have also been scoring strong results. Jordan Lloyd and Yufeng Luo of Pabst Racing are the only two drivers beyond Cape’s pair to win races this season, and they enter this weekend’s doubleheader third and fifth in the points. Splitting these two drivers by sitting fourth in the points, ArmsUp’s Victor Franzoni has scored podium finishes at the last three rounds.
Among the 25 drivers set to race in USF2000 this weekend, only 10 are not rookies spending their first year in the series. Because the series hasn’t visited Road America in recent seasons, though, the rookies aren’t at much of a deficit.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Road America will see the series race twice on Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EDT.