US Formula 1000 Championship

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US Formula 1000 Championship
Category Open wheeled
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
Inaugural season 2013
Constructors Van Diemen/Novak, Piper, Citation, Carbir, Phoenix, Edge Engineering, Firman Race Cars, Stohr, JDR Motorsport, Speads-Rilltech, Astra, Philadelphia Motorsports, Élan, Photon Racing
Engine suppliers Motorcycle-based 4-cycle up to 1000cc
Tyre suppliers Hoosier H
Official website US Formula 1000 Championship

The US Formula 1000 Championship is a race class based on SCCA Formula 1000 rules.

Formula 1000 is an open wheel class of Formula car racing, with professional and amateur series worldwide. Formula 1000 gets its name from the 1000 cc superbike engine used to power a single seat, open wheel race car with fully adjustable wings and suspension. The F1000 class, known in SCCA as FB, is similar to racing classes FA and FC. In the United States, Formula 1000 races in the North American Formula 1000 Championship presented by American Racer Tire as well as SCCA amateur competition.

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The series

The US Formula 1000 Championship was created in 2013 when the F1000 Pro Series and the Formula 1000 National Championship joined together to create a new national racing series for Formula 1000 cars. The series consists of three championships in one. The US Formula 1000 Championship West, The US Formula 1000 Championship East, and an overall US Formula 1000 Championship.

The format for the US Formula 1000 championship calls for each of the championship series (East and West) to run an equal number of events independently of each other as part of the SCCA SafeRacer national racing program, with points to be awarded based on in-class finishing positions at each event. Each series will crown a separate US Formula 1000 East and US Formula 1000 West Champion with an overall US Formula 1000 Champion decided at the SCCA National Runoffs in September at Road America.

The series first race was held as a joint East-West shootout event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on March 9, 2013 and was won by Lawrence Loshak in a JDR F1000. It was followed by a second race the next day which was won by Jose Gerardo in a Stohr.

History

The Sport Car Club of America (SCCA) created the Formula 1000 (otherwise known as FB) class in 2007. The SCCA granted the class national status immediately, allowing Formula 1000 to participate in all national club races with the exception the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs is the end-of-year championship race meeting for Sports Car Club of America Club Racing competitors. Divisional champions and other top drivers from the SCCA's 116 regions are invited to participate at the Runoffs. National championships are awarded to the winners of each class.

To be able to compete as a class (FB) in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the class was required to have an average of 2.5 entries per national race. The class achieved that in 2009 and was invited to the National Championship Runoffs for the first time in 2010.

Beginning with the first year of SCCA FB national competition, the Formula 1000 National Championship was created to increase interest in the class and build entries. In 2007 and 2008, the Formula 10000 National Championship was a single race, held during American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta. Justin Pritchard won the race both years in a Piper chassis.

In 2009, the Formula 1000 National Championship became a true national championship and was a series within a series. While it was run as a separate entity to the SCCA, it counted SCCA races as part of its series. This meant that all drivers throughout the US scored points at their respective SCCA races that counted toward the season-long Formula 1000 National championship. Glenn Cooper won the first Formula 1000 National Championship in 2009.

In 2010 the West Coast-based F1000 Pro Series was formed. It was run in a similar manner to the F1000 National Championship as a series within a series, separate from SCCA FB but counting races within the SCCA as part of its series. The first year consisted of a format of 15 selected races where drivers counted points earned from 10 of those races towards a drivers championship. It also had a Manufacturer's Cup for F1000 constructors. The series first race was held at Phoenix Raceway in March 2010 and was won by Phil deLaO in a Phoenix Raceworks F1000. The series first driver's champion was Nicholas Belling of Canada driving a Firman RFR-F1000. The Manufacturer's Cup was won by Stohr Cars, who would go on to win the cup in 2011 and 2012.

For 2011 the format was changed to ten races over five weekends at selected events (mostly SCCA national races) with points scored in all races. The format would be continue in 2012. It is under this format that the US Formula 1000 Championship is primarily based.

At the end of the 2012 season the F1000 National Championship and the F1000 Pro Series decided to join forces. As of 2013 the series was to consist of a US Formula 1000 Championship East and a US Formula 1000 Championship West. The US Formula 1000 Championship will be decided at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Because the US Formula 1000 Championship will be decided based on season-long points the driver who wins the US Formula 1000 Championship may be different from the SCCA National champion. [1]

Cars

The SCCA General Competition Rules define the Formula 1000 car as follows: "A formula for purpose built, open-wheel, open cockpit racing cars. F1000 allows converted Formula Continental, Formula 2000, Formula F, and purpose-built motorcycle-powered tube frame chassis." [2]

With more than 13 manufacturers Formula 1000 boast more manufacturers than other open-wheel formula class in the world. Manufacturers build purpose built Formula 1000 cars as a rolling chassis or provide kits for converting F2000 cars into F1000. Most provide cars race ready complete with engine and data system package. Purpose built manufacturers include Stohr, Firman, Phoenix, JDR, Astra, Speads, Philadelphia, Edge, and Elan. Manufacturers that convert existing cars include Piper, Citation, and Novak, who convert the Van Dieman. Others provide modified upgrade designs for existing purpose built cars.

Formula 1000 is also one of the few open-wheel racing classes that allow paddle shifters. There are multiple manufacturers of paddle shifters in Formula 1000.

It is possible to use any 4-cycle motorcycle based 1000cc engine. Most popular is the Suzuki GSXR engine. But there are also cars with Honda, Kawasaki, BMW or Yamaha engine.

Honda Manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & EngineCompany (川崎重工業モーターサイクル&エンジンカンパニー) is a division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries that produces motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles, jet ski personal watercraft, and general-purpose gasoline engines. Before the 2011 fiscal year it was called Consumer Products & Machinery. Its slogan is "Let the good times roll!"

BMW automotive brand, manufacturer, and conglomerate

BMW AG is a German multinational company which currently produces automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945.

Formula 1000 Champions

F1000 National Championship F1000 Pro Series SCCA National Championship Runoffs
Year Driver Car Driver Car Driver Car
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Justin Pritchard Piper DF5
2008 Flag of the United States.svg Justin Pritchard Piper DF5
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Van Diemen/Novak RF99
2010 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dixon Citation F1000 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Belling Firman Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dixon Citation F1000
2011 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dixon Citation F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Palmer Stohr F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Novak Piper DF5
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dixon Citation F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Dixon Citation F1000
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR F1000
2014 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Firman RFR-F1000
2015 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Firman RFR-F1000
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Roggenbuck Firman RFR-F1000

US Formula 1000 Champions

US Formula 1000 Championship East US Formula 1000 Championship West US Formula 1000 Championship (Overall)
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR F1000
2014 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon F1000 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
2015 East & West combined East & West combined Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Firman
2016 East & West combinedEast & West combined Flag of the United States.svg Alex Mayer JDR F1000

2013 US Formula 1000 Championship Race Winners

US Formula 1000 Championship (Overall Races) US Formula 1000 Championship West US Formula 1000 Championship East
Race 1 COTA - Austin TX - March 9 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR
Race 2 COTA - Austin TX - March 10 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Gerardo Stohr
West Race 3 - Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA - April 14 Flag of the United States.svg Jake Latham Stohr
West Race 4 - Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA - April 14 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr
East Race 3 - VIR, Danville, VA - April 20 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Firman
East Race 4 - VIR, Danville, VA - April 21 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Firman
East Race 5 - Road Atlanta Atlanta, GA - May 18 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR
East Race 6 - Road Atlanta Atlanta, GA - May 19 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR
West Race 5 - Pacific, Kent, WA May 25 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr
West Race 6 - Pacific, Kent, WA May 26 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr
East Race 7 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - June 15 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR
East Race 8 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - June 16 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Citation
West Race 7 - Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA - July 6 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Gerardo Stohr
West Race 8 - Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA - July 7 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Gerardo Stohr
East Race 9 - Watkins Glen, NY - July 6 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon
East Race 10 - Watkins Glen, NY - July 7 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR
West Race 9 - Miller MP, Tooele, UT - August 10 Flag of the United States.svg Jake Latham Stohr
West Race 10 - Miller MP, Tooele, UT - August 11 Flag of the United States.svg Lucian Pancea Stohr
Finale - Road America, WI - Sept 20 Flag of the United States.svg Lawrence Loshak JDR

2014 US Formula 1000 Championship Race Winners

Note: 2014 saw the first standing starts in SCCA club racing when the US Formula 1000 Championship conducted standing starts at Pacific and Portland.

US Formula 1000 Championship (Overall Races) US Formula 1000 Championship West US Formula 1000 Championship East
East Race 1 - Road Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - March 22 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Firman
East Race 1 - Road Atlanta, Atlanta, GA - March 22 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Firman
West Race 1 - Thunderhill, Willows, CA - April 12 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Citation
West Race 2 - Thunderhill, Willows, CA - April 13 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Citation
East Race 3 - VIR, Danville, VA - April 19 Flag of the United States.svg Jason Bell F1000
East Race 4 - VIR, Danville, VA - April 20 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn Cooper Firman
West Race 3 - Pacific, Kent, WA May 24 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
West Race 4 - Pacific, Kent, WA May 25 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
East Race 5 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - June 15 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon
East Race 6 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - June 16 Flag of the United States.svg Alex Mayer F1000
West Race 5 - PIR, Portland, OR - July 5 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
West Race 6 - PIR, Portland, OR - July 6 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
East Race 7 - Watkins Glen, NY - July 5 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon
East Race 8 - Watkins Glen, NY - July 6 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon
West Race 7 - The Ridge, Shelton, WA - Aug 9 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
West Race 8 - The Ridge, Shelton, WA - Aug 10 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Vollum Stohr
East Race 9 - Mid Ohio, Troy OH - Aug 9 Flag of Canada.svg Jeremy Hill Photon
East Race 10 - Mid Ohio, Troy OH - Aug 10 Flag of the United States.svg Alex Mayer F1000
West Race 9 - Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA - Sept 13 Flag of the United States.svg Gary Hickman Phoenix
West Race 9 - Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA - Sept 14 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Gerardo Stohr
Finale - Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA - Oct 11 Flag of the United States.svg JR Osborne Firman RFR-F1000

US Formula 1000 Championship Points system

Current points system

Points are awarded to finishing drivers in each race using the following system:

Driver's Championship points system.
 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  11th  12th  13th  14th  15th  16th  17th  18th  19th  20th  Pole 
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Drivers take their best 8 out of possible 10 finishes to determine their positions in East or West Driver's Championship. Those points are then combined with double points earned in the final championship race to determine the overall US Formula 1000 Drivers Champion.

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References

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  2. 2013 General Competition Rules. SCCA. 2013. p. 326.