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GREEN BAY, WI (February 7, 2016)– The US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco has released its race schedule for 2016. This season will feature a more compact and focused schedule and will once again culminate at the National Championship Runoffs, this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Championship will kick off the season at Road Atlanta in March as part of the 3-day Majors event. In April, the series returns to Virginia International Raceway for the Oak Tree double Majors. Mid-Ohio appears on the schedule for the third year in a row, giving teams a sneak preview of the upcoming finale. The final two regular season races will take place at a venue that will be announced in the coming weeks. The Series Champion will once again be crowned at the season finale during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in September at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Race 1 and 2 -- March 19-20 -- Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
Race 3 and 4 -- April 16-17 -- Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA
Race 5 and 6 -- June 4-5 -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
Race 7 and 8 -- TBA
Race 9 -- September 19-25 -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH (SCCA Runoffs - Double Points race)
With the announcement of the 2016 schedule comes the opening of series registration.
Registration with the series makes you eligible for championship points and the soon-to-be-announced prize purse. You’ll be listed on the series website and you’ll receive all the series decals plus a 2016 commemorative series shirt.
Like last year, we’re offering a discounted entry fee to early registrants. Sign up before March 1 and pay only $250. After the early bird deadline, the registration fee goes up to $325.
Register here: http://usf1000.com/RegForm.html
Sign up early, save some money, and be part of the best US Formula 1000 Championship ever!
For more information on The US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco contact us at info@USF1000.com
About The US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco
The US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco is a national championship run within the SCCA Majors program. Drivers score points at four double race weekends throughout the season with a double-points finale held in conjunction with the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. US Formula 1000 cars are purpose-built high-performance tube frame race cars powered by 1000cc motorcycle engines, with top speeds in excess of 150 MPH.
For additional information on the US Formula 1000 Championship visit the series website at: www.usf1000.com
The race got off to a rough start for outside polesitter Kevin Roggenbuck when he was pushed wide as the field entered turn one. His car got up on the curbing which damaged the sidepod and broke the oil cooler. The oil leak sprayed on the hot exhaust and caused a devastating fire, ending Roggenbuck's race without making a lap.
After four days of qualifying, the grid is now set for the 2015 finale of the Hoosier Tire US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco! J.R. Osborne took the provisional pole in Q1 and never relinquished, only bettering his own time in Q2 and Q4. Series newcomer Kevin Roggenbuck shocked the field by joining Osborne on the front row.
Full grid results:
1. JR Osborne-1:50.711
2. Kevin Roggenbuck-1:50.819
3. Alex Mayer-1:51.061
4. Jason Bell-1:51.682
5. Gary Hickman-1:51.849
6. Glenn Cooper-1:52.188
7. Jeremy Hill-1:52.283
8. Joel Haas-1:52.802
9. John LaBrie-1:53.096
10. Jose Gerardo-1:53.239
11. Shane Prieto-1:53.365
12. Tyler Thielmann-1:53.389
13. Rod Rice-1:54.125
14. Jason Slahor-1:55.364
15. Peter Frost-1:55.462
16. Tim Pierce-1:55.508
17. Michael Crowe-1:56.069
18. James Michael-1:56.098
19. Bill Falatick-1:57.769
20. George Levien-2:01.040
With the pole, Osborne earns four critical points in the championship, leaving only a possible 52 points for Alex Mayer or Jeremy Hill to take the win away from Osborne.
The Hoosier Tire US Formula 1000 Championship Fueled by Sunoco will crown the 2015 champion at the Sportscar Club of America National Championship Runoffs on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. The action kicks off with 4 days of pre-testing open to teams starting this Thursday September 17. Round 1 of 4 official qualifying sessions commences on Monday September 21. It will all come down to the spectacular finale race on Saturday September 26. Like last year, points are doubled at the finale meaning a total of 56 points are available to a driver that wins from the pole and sets the fastest lap. Although J.R. Osborne leads the standings going into the finale, after each driver drops their worst two finishes, there are three drivers with a shot at taking the championship. Despite leading the points for most of the season, a disastrous weekend at Pittsburgh dropped Alex Mayer to second in the standings but still within striking distance. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hill had been lurking in a distant 4th place until a strong weekend and race win at Pittsburgh put him into 3rd place with a chance at the overall championship.
The complete entry list as of 9/15/15:
|Jason Bell||2010 Citation||Tampa FL|
|Tyler Thielmann||2014 JDR||Kiel WI|
|Rod Rice||2007 Stohr||Austin TX|
|Jason Slahor||2008 Citation||Ellicott City MD|
|Tim Pierce||2010 Firman||Leland NC|
|Kevin Roggenbuck||2015 Firman||Woodinville WA|
|Jose Gerardo||2015 Galmer||El Paso TX|
|Glenn Cooper||1999 Van Diemen||Roswell GA|
|John LaBrie||2014 Phoenix||Draper UT|
|James Michael||2007 Stohr||Fort Worth TX|
|Shane Prieto||2009 Firman||Lake Worth FL|
|Peter Frost||2012 Phoenix||Villa Rica GA|
|Bill Falatick||2013 Astra||Boynton Beach FL|
|Gary Hickman||2013 Phoenix||Santee CA|
|Alex Mayer||2014 JDR||Harleysville PA|
|JR Osborne||2015 Firman||Greenwood Village CO|
|Michael Crowe||2000 Van Diemen||Jamestown KY|
|Joel Haas||2010 Piper||Jupiter FL|
|Jeremy Hill||2007 Photon||Toronto ON|
|George Levien||2007 Stohr||Hallandale Beach FL|
Thanks to our generous sponsors, the 2015 Hoosier Tire US Formula 1000 Champion will take home $2,000, with the second place finisher clinching $1000! In addition to the cash prize for the champ, US Formula 1000 drivers will be battling for a huge prize package as several series sponsors have stepped up their support for the season finale. The Taylor Fast Lap Award returns for another year and the Sunoco Hard Charger will be worth $500 to the driver that advances the most positions in the race.
Complete Prize Breakdown:
Taylor Race Engineering
Taylor Fast Lap Award: $250 cash for fastest lap of the week
4th place: one free sprocket in the "Sprocket Specialists 'Geared Up For the Podium'" award
Sunoco Hard charger
Cash Payout: $500
Monday, September 21
2:40 pm = 25 min Qualifying
Tuesday, September 22
10:00 am = 30 min Qualifying
Wednesday, September 23
5:00 pm = 25 min Qualifying
Thursday, September 24
12:00 pm = 30 min Qualifying
Saturday, Septembre 26
11:15 pm = 14 lap championship race