By Steve Wittich
2020 season basics
- Number of races: 17
- Total laps: 369
- Total miles: 741.096
- Total drivers with at least one start: 26
- Total cautions: 15
- Average cautions per race: 0.9
- Caution free races: seven
- Total caution laps: 27
- Average caution laps per race: 1.6
- Total DNFs: 27
- DNFs per race: 1.6
- The average margin of victory: 2.9 seconds
- The closest margin of victory: Eduardo Barrichello (Pabst Racing) finished a slim 0.2834 seconds ahead of Reece Gold on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in September.
- The largest margin of victory: Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) finished 12.7818 seconds ahead of Eduardo Barrichello (Pabst Racing) in the first of six races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Six different drivers representing five teams stood on the top step of the podium during the 17-race 2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season.
Series champion Christian Rasmussen won nine races, including the first six races of the season.
The only team to have multiple race winners was Cape Motorsports, with Reece Gold winning twice and Michael d’Orlando winning once.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver wins
For the first time since 2010, Cape Motorsports was not at the very least tied for the series lead in the team wins category.
Over the past two seasons, Jay Howard Driver Development, which topped the 2020 wins list, has 12 wins, leading Cape Motorsports (ten wins) and Pabst Racing (seven wins).
Kiko Porto’s trip to victory lane in St. Petersburg was the Texas-based team’s first USF2000 win, making them the 15th different team to win a race since the series was reconstituted in 2010.
Since the rebirth of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in 2010, Cape Motorsports leads all teams with 85 trips to victory lane.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship team wins
|1||Jay Howard Driver Development||9|
Seven different drivers started from the inside of the front row, with Jay Howard Driver Development champion leading the way with eight pole starts.
Rasmussen (seven), Eduardo Barrichello (once), Christian Brooks (once), and Reece Gold (once) were the four drivers that led from pole to checkered flag in 2020.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver poles
Not surprisingly, Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) led all drivers with an average starting position of 2.6. The Dane never started a USF2000 race in 2020 outside of the top three rows and started on the front row in 11 races.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship average driver starting position
|9||Jack William Miller||8.3|
Fourteen of the 26 drivers that took part in at least one USF2000 race in 2020 contested all 17 races.
The only driver to complete all 369 laps in 2020 was Pabst Racing sophomore Eduardo Barrichello.
However, with seven caution-free races and four races not seeing any DNFs, 13 drivers completed over 90% of the 741.069 miles contested.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship % of laps completed
|9||Jack William Miller||95.1%|
Seven different drivers representing five different teams started from the inside of the front row, with champion Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) leading the way with eight poles.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver poles
The 2020 USF2000 season had 11 different drivers stand on the podium, with a pair of sophomores in Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) and Reece Gold (Cape Motorsports) lead the way with ten trips to the podium each.
The pair shared the podium on five different occasions.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driver podiums
|8T||Jack William Miller||2|
A trio of Cape Motorsports drivers, Reece Gold, Michael d’Orlando, and Josh Green, stood on the podium a total of 18 times, the most of any team.
Four races in 2020 saw at least two Cape Motorsports drivers share the podium.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship team podiums
|2||Jay Howard Driver Development||12|
|6||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||2|
Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development), the 2020 USF2000 champion, led 200 laps, by far the most of the 11 drivers that led at least one lap during the 17 race season.
The Danish driver led 54% of the possible 369 laps.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship laps led
|7||Jack William Miller||17|
Seven of the 17 race winners turned the quickest lap of that race, proving that you can win without being the absolute fastest driver in a race.
However, you do need to have a good pace. The average of the race winner’s lap was 2.8.
Cape Motorsports race winner, Michael d’Orlando, was the most consistently quick of the USF2000 field. The New Yorker never had the fastest lap of the race but never had worse than the 10th fastest lap.
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship fastest race lap average
|10||Jack William Miller||9.1|
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship number of races with the fastest lap
|7||Jack William Miller||1|
2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship number of races with one of the five fastest race laps
|7T||Jack William Miller||5|
Track Records set in 2020
- New Jersey Motorsports Park – Eduardo Barrichello (Pabst Racing) – 77.1488 seconds
- St. Petersburg Street Circuit – Christian Brooks (Exclusive Autosport) – 71.9662 seconds
- New Jersey Motorsports Park – Nolan Siegel (Jay Howard Driver Development) – 77.750 seconds
- St. Petersburg Street Circuit – Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing) – 72.2279 seconds