Formula Race Promotions Release:
Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) announced today that the United States Auto Club (USAC) will sanction the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series for 2017 and beyond. The new sanctioning agreement will provide a seamless transition of licensing and credentialing for FRP competitors.
“We’re excited to be aligning with USAC for our future,” said Bob Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners of Formula Race Promotions. “After months of talks with USAC, we felt they were the best choice for our current competitors and future drivers and teams. They are an organization with a long and proud history, and we’re honored to be among their road racing Championships. On another note, we’d like to thank SCCA Pro Racing for their 11 year partnership and wish them the best in their own endeavors in junior open-wheel racing.”
“USAC is returning to our roots with the addition of road course racing in 2017. I am excited with our new FRP partnership and look forward to growing the sport together,” added Kevin Miller, president and CEO, USAC.
The 2017 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championships will open at VIRginia International Raceway, joining an action-packed road racing weekend with the Pirelli World Challenge, also now aligned with USAC, April 28-30.
Information on licensing and credentials for the 2017 FRP seasons will be available shortly to FRP competitors.
2017 F1600, F2000, Atlantic Schedule
April 28-30: VIRginia International Raceway
May 12-13: Mid-Ohio
June 8-11: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 30-July 2: Mid-Ohio
July 28-July 30: Pittsburgh
August 25-27: Summit Point
October 6-8: New Jersey Motorsports Park
TSO Ladder Notes from Steve
- The highlights of the seven event Formula Race Promotions (FRP) Series (F1600 Formula F Championship Series, F2000 Championship Series and Formula Atlantic) calendar are an appearance with Pirelli World Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, an appearance at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, two visits to the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and an October finale alongside Trans-Am at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
- It has been a rough few weeks for the “Pro” side of Sports Car Club of America house. They have lost the sanctioning agreements to Mazda MX-5 Cup (INDYCAR), Pirelli World Challenge (USAC), and now the three Formula Race Promotion Series (USAC). This means that Trans-Am and the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda are the only remaining sanctions for SCCA Pro Racing.
- While it may seem odd for long-time Midget, Sprit Car and Silver Crown sanctioning body USAC to sanction road racing series, it certainly isn’t unprecedented. The Speedway, Indiana based organization was the sanctioning body for the premier USAC Road Racing Championship from 1958 through 1962. Side note: Roger Penske was the final champion in 1962 while driving Climax powered Cooper T53.
- USAC more recently held the sanction for other open wheel ladder series such the Mini-Indy (Super Vee) in the 80’s and F2000 in the 1990’s.