Mazda Road to Indy

USF2000 Winterfest Set

Spencer Pigot at Palm Beach (Fla.) Int'l Raceway en route to his third victory in four races during the 2012 Winterfest Challenge.

PALMETTO, Fla. — The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda today announced the schedule for its increasingly popular Cooper Tires Winterfest – a six-race mini-series offering drivers and teams a head start on their 2013 campaigns.

Two premier Florida circuits will once again play host to the third annual pre-season championship, which will take place in early February. The event drew 20 drivers representing 10 teams this year.

The first three races will be held on Feb. 5-6 at Sebring Int’l Raceway, as a prelude to the anticipated American Le Mans Series’ Winter Test. Two practice sessions, one qualifying round and three 30-minute races will be contested on the 3.7-mile, 17-turn road course. This stage provides vital track time at the site of the season-opening rounds of the 2013 USF2000 Championship, which will host its first-ever tripleheader event at the circuit in support of the 61st running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida March 16.

From there the Winterfest championship will move south to Palm Beach Int’l Raceway for an identical schedule on Feb. 9-10. USF2000 made its debut at the 2.034-mile, 11-turn circuit during the 2012 Winterfest to accolades from its teams and drivers.

The series will be offering track time to Star Mazda competitors at PBIR for pre-season testing during the event.

“We are extremely pleased to announce our third annual Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, which has become a key program in our series,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “Our schedule of six races over six days gives drivers and teams a chance to develop their programs and further their new relationships in a competitive environment that is cost effective. It is the perfect lead up to the start of our season-long championship and, as a series, it allows us to dust off the cobwebs from the winter break. I personally really look forward to this event for a first glimpse of the new talent we have on board for another highly anticipated year of racing.”



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