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Stepping Stone To The Pros
The West Coast FCC series and FS2.0 are two great solutions for drivers looking to move up into The Mazda Road to Indy.


Since 2005 The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear has been graduating racers up into the pro ranks. Starting in 2012 the series has been using a new class of car (the FS2.0) to provide racers with a cost effective way to gain the optimum amount of track time and experience.

Michael Whelden and Kenny Rodrigues II both raced in the FormulaSPEED2.0 class in 2012, and are both moving into the Pro Formula Mazda class for 2013. "Both drivers want to eventually get on the Mazda Road to Indy, but realize that they can gain a massive amount of experience for their money in the FCC," noted Series Official Ben Hettema. "Having an affordable arrive & drive program in the FS2.0 gave them an opportunity to be gaining on-track experience, as they also worked off-track finding companies to partner with them on their rise up the ladder." Here's what the drivers had to say:

"Racing the FormulaSPEED2.0 with World Speed Motorsports was a fantastic learning platform for open-wheel racing.  Driving the FormulaSPEED2.0 was great for learning excellent car control and helped me progress as a driver.  World Speed Motorsports was exceptional at teaching me how to communicate with engineers to get the best setup for the race weekend.  Together, they have prepared me for an exciting 2013 Formula Car Challenge season in the Pro Formula Mazda.  I am very excited to have progressed forward in the series, and with the help of World Speed Motorsports, I can continue to improve my driving and find success at the top."
- Michael Whelden


The transition from the FS2.0 to the Pro Mazda with World Speed has been absolutely seamless. The two cars handle similarly and perform great on track. The decision to come back for a second season in a Pro Mazda with World Speed was a no brainer. The amount of experience they have along with their history is something you can't find anywhere else. I'm truly excited to get the 2013 season started under their roof.
- Ken Rodrigues II

The 2013 schedule has 16 races including the FCC Nationals with the IZOD IndyCar Series. Budget includes: transport, support, tires and more for less than $50k.

More information:

2013 Arrive and Drive Budget

2013 FCC presented by Goodyear West Coast Region Schedule: 

  • March 16-17 Sonoma Raceway
  • April 12-14 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • May 18-19 Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • June 15-16 Sonoma Raceway
  • July 5-7 Portland International Raceway
  • Aug 23-25 Sonoma Raceway with IZOD IndyCar Series
  • September 28-29 Sonoma Raceway
  • October 26-27 Sonoma Raceway
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Formula Car Challenge Alumni Successes

Bringing home trophies and awards in open wheel, prototypes, and sedans

  

Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear competitors are showing up all over the map, and winning some very serious races and championships. Here's where you'll find some of them:

 

Zach Veach the 2011/12 FCC Winter Series Champ, finished in the top ten in the Pro Mazda Championship (ex: Star Mazda) and was recently signed by Andretti Autosports to race the entire 2013 schedule in Indy Lights.


Jorge Goncalvez, who won the 2009 FCC Winter Series Championship in the Pro FM class, and moved up into Indy Lights for 2011. Goncalvez finished in the top 10 both in 2011 and 2012.

 

Gabby Chaves, who competed in the Formula Car Challenge in 2012 went on to win multiple races in the 2012 Pro Mazda Championship finishing second overall in the championship. After the season closed Chaves went to the  Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas and took the Tag Senior Championship.

 

2012 FCC Pro FM Champion Kyle Kaiser has been signed on to race for World Speed Motorsports in the 2013 Pro Formula Mazda Championship.

 

Tristan Vautier competed in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear in 2011 to gain additional track time and experience, then he went on to win the 2011 Pro Mazda Championship. Tristan won the 2012 Indy Lights Championship and is expected to move up into IndyCar in 2013. He recently has completed multiple test days in the Dallara DW12 IndyCar.

 

Neil Alberico who competed in the Formula Car Challenge in 2011 in both the Pro FM and FM classes was selected as a Team USA Scholarship driver and went on to win FF races in Britain. In 2012 he moved back to the US to compete in the USF2000 Championship where he finished 7th in points and closed the season with a podium finish.

 

2012 FCC Pro FM Champion Lloyd Read recently announced that he will be racing with JDC in the 2013 Pro Formula Mazda Championship.

 

Michael Guasch raced in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear from 2005-12, and has a large collection of FCC pole awards and wins to his credit. Guasch won the 59th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring, won races in the 2011 British GT Championship, and also podiumed in the 2012 ALMS LMP2 category.

 

Dane Cameron raced in the FCC Indy GP of Sonoma event in 2010, and won both races in the Pro FM category. Cameron went on to compete in a Mazda RX-8 GT in the 2011 and 2012 Grand American ROLEX Series. For 2013 he will move up to the Daytona Prototype class piloting a BMW powered Riley Prototype.

 

Doug Peterson is a long time competitor in the FCC. Peterson has won the Ferrari Challenge, the SCCA Runoffs, and countless races in a variety of cars. In 2011 Peterson did select races in the Trans-Am series and was the fastest Trans-Am driver at the Road America event. In 2012 Peterson also competed in multiple Trans-Am events in the new Dodge Viper, and in select Grand Am events. Peterson placed 2nd in FM, and GT-1 during the 2012 SCCA Runoffs Championship.

  
2011 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear National FM Champion Darryl Wills went on to win the 2011 SCCA FM National Championship, and became a "Super Sweep" champion. The SCCA Super Sweep recognizes drivers that win a key national event, the nation-wide points championship, their divisional championship and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs-all in the same class. In 2012 Wills ran a limited schedule in Indy Lights and finished the season 15th in points.
 
Juan Piedrahita, who competed in the 2009 FCC Winter Series Championship in the Pro FM class, finished 7th overall in the 2012 Pro Mazda Championship.

"We are proud of these drivers and all of our racers, as this is a very difficult sport." noted Series Official Ben Hettema. "When these drivers move up and go and win a world class events that just makes all the hard work we do worth it. We hope to have more of our alumni take some serious wins next season, and having watched them up close and personal I know it's going to happen."  


Racers have been using the FCC as a springboard to pro racing since 2005, and many of them continue to race in the series in between their other events. Racing in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear is very cost effective was to stay competitive.

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About the FormulaSPEED2.0

Designed, Developed, and Hand-Built in the U.S.A.

 

The FS2.0 is manufactured right here in California. The chassis, machined parts, wiring harness, safety equipment, bodywork, wings, etc are all made locally. Only the engine block, transaxle, and minor electronics are sourced outside of the US, and even these are all bought through American vendors.  


We're doing our part to stimulate the US economy, and we encourage all companies to do the same. We believe that it is patriotic to try to utilize as many American vendors as possible, 
and there are many American jobs being generated through this all new design. Below is a sampling of just how much of the FormulaSPEED2.0 is built in the United States.

Parts designed and manufactured in the US

  • Chassis, suspension, and machined parts - Fast Forward - Sand City, CA

  • Bodywork - Aerocraft Design - Hollister, CA

  • Wings - Ian Gordon Racing - Sonoma CA

  • Race engine components & mapping - Hasselgren Engineering - Berkeley, CA

  • Racing Tires- Goodyear Racing - Akron, OH

  • Wiring harness - Apex Speed Technology - Los Angeles, CA

  • Brakes - Wilwood Engineering - Camarillo, CA

  • Intake manifold - Fontana Foundry - Fontana, CA

  • 6 point safety harness - Crow Enterprizes - Anaheim CA

  • Wheels - Jongbloed Racing Wheels - Morgan Hill, CA

  • Race Fluids - Red Line Oil - Benecia, CA

Parts made outside the US, but sourced from American vendors

  • AiM Data System - AiM Sports LLC - Lake Elsinore, California

  • Mazda MZR MX5 Cup Engine - MazdaUSA - Irvine CA

  • Hewland Transaxle - Carl Haas Imports - Linconshire, IL

  • Ohlins Dampers - Performance Shock Inc. - Sonoma, CA

"We made a concerted effort right from the beginning to use only high quality parts, and vendors on this car," stated World Speed's Mark Milazzo "The people we have put into place have exceeded our expectations, and the car reflects their hard work and ingenuity. We were told at the outset that we would have to have many of the parts designed, and manufactured overseas. I can tell you with great certainty that there are still a lot of very smart, and industrious companies in United States doing excellent work. We are very proud to have been able to source a majority of the car from within our borders."