This will be the series’ first foray into Canada
This will be the series’ first foray into Canada since the former Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship last visited the Exhibition Place circuit in 2006. A field of 30 drivers will contest the Analytic Systems USF2000 Grand Prix of Toronto on July 13/14. The weekend will feature the full Mazda Road to Indy contingent with the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Firestone Indy Lights also supporting a doubleheader IZOD IndyCar Series event.
Analytic Systems is a leading high performance power conversion manufacturer based just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the city of Delta. In business for over 30 years, Analytic Systems is currently ranked fifth on the “Business in Vancouver” list of the biggest BC alternative energy companies. Its products include battery chargers, voltage converters, DC/AC inverters, power supplies, frequency converters and MPPT solar charge controllers for key markets including the military, rail and transit, commercial marine, telecommunications and oil and gas.
“We are very excited to welcome Analytic Systems as the title sponsor of the Canadian rounds of our championship,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “Toronto is a first-class, high-profile event. We were thrilled to be able to add this weekend to our schedule, and now proud to go there with a leading and innovative company headlining our races.
“This will be a fantastic weekend of racing for the fans with doubleheader rounds in USF2000, Pro Mazda, the IZOD IndyCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge as well as Round 8 of Firestone Indy Lights. And, with 10 Canadian drivers in our series, the fans will have plenty of fellow countrymen to cheer on.”
In addition to a VIP suite for entertaining, Analytic Systems and their guests will participate in a variety of activities over the race weekend including roles as honorary starters and podium presenters, and receive exclusive paddock tours, meet-and-greets and dinners with series drivers. All 30 cars on the USF2000 grid will carry Analytic Systems branding throughout the three-day event.
“Analytic Systems has a long history of supporting motorsports in North America, particularly in the Sports Car Club of America,” said Jim Hargrove, President of Analytic Systems. “We are very excited to be moving up to professional racing by partnering with Dan Andersen and Andersen Promotions to be the title sponsor of the USF2000 series at the Honda Indy Toronto – the first time the series has come to Canada since 2006. This is a great opportunity for us to network with our partners in an exciting and vibrant setting.
“We are very pleased with how Dan and all the staff at Andersen Promotions are organizing an experience that our partners will remember for years to come.”
The Analytic Systems USF2000 Grand Prix of Toronto will kick off on Friday, July 12, with a pair of practice sessions followed by qualifying. The green flag for Race 1 will fly at 9:55 am on Saturday, with Race 2 scheduled at 11:35 am on Sunday.
Live timing and scoring with race commentary is available at www.usf2000.com.
About Analytic Systems Ware (1993) Ltd.: Analytic Systems of Delta, British Columbia is a world class manufacturer of high performance Power Conversion products. Designing and manufacturing DC to DC voltage converters, MPPT Solar Charger Controllers, AC and DC source battery chargers, AC to DC power supplies and DC to AC inverters for Military, Rail/Transit, Commercial Marine, Industrial and Alternative Energy markets throughout North America and around the world. Visit www.analyticsystems.com for more information.
About USF2000: The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly-regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR and managed by Andersen Promotions, the series is the first official step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system. The top driver in the Championship class will earn a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The series also is part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder program which assists young drivers in advancing from the Skip Barber Racing School to USF2000. Additional information can be found at www.usf2000.com.
About Mazda: Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazdaspeed Motorsports).
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is a global company with affiliates, subsidiaries and joint ventures that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. The company also has subsidiaries that specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. Additional information can be found at www.us.coopertire.com.