United States Formula Three Championship

Last updated
U.S. Formula 3 Championship
Category Formula Three
Country United States, Canada
Inaugural season 2000
Folded 2001
Constructors Dallara, Ralt
Engine suppliers Volkswagen
Tyre suppliers Avon
Last Drivers' champion Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide
Last Teams' champion Flag of Italy.svg EuroInternational

The United States Formula Three Championship was a short-lived Formula Three championship contested in the United States and Canada. Sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, [1] the series lasted for two seasons, 2000 and 2001. All teams used Volkswagen engines tuned by Bertils Racing Engines. [2]

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The series was plagued by low car counts; no more than 6 cars contested races in the inaugural season. In 2001, fields were bolstered by Formula Ford, Formula Continental, and even Sports 2000 and historic Formula 5000 cars, as no race had more than 3 Formula Three cars on the grid. 14 of the series' 19 races were won by Brazilian driver Luciano Gomide. A 2002 season was planned with 13 races, including a doubleheader supporting the 2002 United States Grand Prix, but was ultimately cancelled. [3]

2000 season

The 2000 season was contested over 11 races at 6 race meetings. The schedule initially included two oval races at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Irwindale Speedway, but these were later cancelled. [4] [5] The round at San Diego was a joint race with the Mexican Formula Three Championship, although the Mexican series ran with older, slower machinery. [6] Stuart Crow won the championship by 5 points over Luciano Gomide. Gomide joined the series after the first 4 rounds, and won pole and the race at the final 7 events on the calendar.

Schedule and results

RndDateTrackLocationPole positionFastest race lapRace winnerWinning team
1June 24 Hallett Motor Racing Circuit Flag of the United States.svg Hallett, Oklahoma Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Adam Andretti Duesenberg Racing
2June 25 Flag of the United States.svg Adam Andretti Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart CrowDave McMillan Racing
3July 7 Memphis Motorsports Park Flag of the United States.svg Millington, Tennessee Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart CrowDave McMillan Racing
4July 8 Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Crow Flag of the United States.svg Stuart CrowDave McMillan Racing
5August 19 Circuit Ste-Croix Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sainte-Croix, Quebec Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
6August 20 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
7August 27 Watkins Glen International Flag of the United States.svg Watkins Glen, New York Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
September 22 Indianapolis Raceway Park Flag of the United States.svg Clermont, Indiana Race cancelled
8October 14 Sears Point Raceway Flag of the United States.svg Sonoma, California Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
9October 15 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
October 28 Irwindale Speedway Flag of the United States.svg Irwindale, California Race cancelled
10November 4 Streets of San Diego Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, California Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
11November 5 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
[7]

Points standings

Pos12345678910
Points20151210864321

One bonus point was also awarded to the driver completing the fastest lap during the race.

PosDriverTeamChassis HAL MEM STC WGL SPT SDG Pts
1 Flag of the United States.svg Stuart CrowDave McMillan Racing Ralt F3/200051113523524152
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational Dallara F3991111111147
3 Flag of the United States.svg Adam Andretti Duesenberg Racing Dallara F3991233433226DNS129
4 Flag of the United States.svg George Frazier EuroInternational Dallara F39934522245342122
5 Flag of the United States.svg Skip WeldWeldsports Dallara F39925445454DNS5399
6 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Jenkins Pilette Speed Tradition Dallara F39943DNS6438
7 Flag of Sweden.svg Robert Skollenskog Pilette Speed Tradition Dallara F3992515
8 Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Gaffoglio Pilette Speed Tradition Dallara F3993DNS12
9 Flag of the United States.svg David RosenblumWeldsports Dallara F399666
[8]

2001 season

An initial 13-race calendar was announced for the 2001 season, [9] however after losing their financial backing, [10] the series was re-arranged to a 15-race schedule with the addition of more rounds in Canada. [11] With low car counts eminent, the series considered using Formula Super Vee cars as a "Class B", [12] but instead Formula Ford and Formula Continental cars filled out fields. No more than three Formula 3 cars participated in any race; five of the nine races were contested only by the EuroInternational teammates Luciano Gomide and John C. Antonio. Gomide won all but one race and took the championship title.

Initial schedule

DateTrack
April 22 Flag of the United States.svg Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
May 20 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario
June 10 Flag of the United States.svg Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
June 30/July 1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Quebec City Street Course, Quebec City, Quebec
July 8TBA
September 23TBA
October 27/28 Flag of the United States.svg Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California
November 3/4 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
November Flag of the United States.svg Streets of San Diego, San Diego, California
[9]

Schedule and results

RndDateTrackLocationPole positionRace winnerWinning team
1May 20 Mosport Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bowmanville, Ontario Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
2June 24 Mosport Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bowmanville, Ontario Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
3July 29 Watkins Glen International Flag of the United States.svg Watkins Glen, New York Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
August 5 Circuit Trois-Rivières Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Trois-Rivières, Quebec Race cancelled
4August 19 Mosport Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bowmanville, Ontario Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
September 1 Circuit Ste-Croix Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sainte-Croix, Quebec Race cancelled
September 2
5September 1 Mosport Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bowmanville, Ontario Flag of the United States.svg John C. AntonioRace abandoned
6September 2 ? Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
September 16 Pocono Raceway Flag of the United States.svg Long Pond, Pennsylvania Race cancelled due to the September 11 attacks
7September 22 Circuit Mont-Tremblant Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
8September 23 Flag of the United States.svg John C. Antonio Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational
9October 21 Watkins Glen International Flag of the United States.svg Watkins Glen, New York Flag of the United States.svg John C. Antonio Flag of the United States.svg John C. Antonio EuroInternational
October 27 Sears Point Raceway Flag of the United States.svg Sonoma, California Race cancelled
October 28
November 3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada Race cancelled
November 4
[13]

Points standings

Pos123456
Points1064321
PosDriverTeamChassis MOS MOS WGL MOS MOS MTB WGL Pts
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Luciano Gomide EuroInternational Dallara F3991111NC111870
2 Flag of the United States.svg John C. Antonio EuroInternational Dallara F399222DNSNC222146
3 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Dana Bertils Racing Engines Dallara F39926
4= Flag of the United States.svg B. J. ZachariasOlsson Engineering Dallara F39934
4= Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jacek MuchaOrion Ralt F3/2000NC34
[14]

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