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2021 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.

Sting Ray Robb of Juncos Racing captured the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 title and claimed a scholarship package valued at $609,245 for a guaranteed year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2021 including an NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at the conclusion of the season.

In 2021, the champion's scholarship will be increased to a value of $718,065 and will once again guarantee a full season of Indy Lights competition the following year. In total, over $836,500 in prize money and awards are on offer including the Cooper Tires Pole Award at $1,500 per race.

The Tatuus PM-18, introduced in 2018 will continue through 2026, with updates in both 2021 and 2022, providing drivers with the proper training aboard a state-of-the-art chassis as they advance up the motorsports ladder.

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, Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal  and rising stars Oliver Askew, Patricio O'Ward and Rinus VeeKay to name a few.

2021 SCHEDULE - Nine Events/18 Races

ROUND DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 6/7        
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course
3/4
April 10/11
Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course
5/6/7
May 14/15
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2.439-mile road course
8 May 28
Lucas Oil Raceway 0.686-mile oval
9/10
June 19/20 Road America
4.014-mile road course
11/12   
July 3/4
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
2.258-mile road course
13/14
July 10/11       
Streets of Toronto        
1.786-mile street circuit
 15 August 21  World Wide Technology Raceway   
1.25-mile oval 
16/17/18   
August 28/29    
New Jersey Motorsports Park
2.14-mile road course

The annual Spring Training for Indy Pro 2000 will take place at the Homestead-Miami road course on February 22/23. Eight pre-event test days include Barber Motorsports Park on April 8, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 13, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 27, Road America on June 18, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 1, World Wide Technology Raceway on August 19 and New Jersey Motorsports Park on August 27.

SERIES PARTNERS

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

COVERAGE

Coverage of Indy Pro 2000 will feature worldwide live streaming on RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and the series’ respective website indypro2000.com as well as live and on demand coverage on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

CAR | ENGINE

The Tatuus PM-18 debuted to rave reviews in 2018, and will remain in competition through the end of 2026. 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............................ 3
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.

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.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Sting Ray Robb
1:07.6015 = 95.856 mph            
10/24/2020
  Race: Sting Ray Robb 1:08.1141 = 95.134 mph 10/25/2020
 Barber Motorsports Park
Qualifying:  Parker Thompson
1:16.2968 = 108.524 mph
4/21/2018
  Race:  Parker Thompson
1:18.4901 = 105.491 mph
4/21/2018
 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
 
Qualifying: Matthew Brabham         
39.526 = 124.961 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
 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
 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
 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
 New Jersey Motorsports Park
Qualifying:  Sting Ray Robb
1:12.3962 = 106.414 mph
10/11/2020
  Race:  Colin Kaminsky
1.12.8344 = 105.774 mph
10/11/2020 

+ = two lap average  

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 Champion Team
2020
Sting Ray Robb
Juncos Racing
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.