MAZDA ROAD TO INDY
CLASS OF ’ 17
The first rung on the Mazda Road to Indy offers a first look at
its new-for-2017 USF2000 chassis. The same car in modified
form has a future in Pro Mazda from 2018 onward, too.
n 1999, Cher was the highest-charting
singer in the country with “Believe,”
“Saving Private Ryan” was awarded Best
Picture at the Oscars, and Dan Wheldon
won the USF2000 championship in the
then-brand-new Van Diemen/Elan chassis.
Fast-forward to the present day, and that
chassis is still on active duty, preparing for
a final, 16-race send-off in the 2016
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
Presented by Mazda, before finally taking
a well-earned retirement. When you
consider how fast technology moves in
motorsport, 17 years is more than
enough waiting for a new-generation car.
According to Wikipedia, Cher’s done three
farewell tours in that time...
Predictably, the car that will replace
the Elan, the Taatus-built USF- 17, is a
WORDS Mark Glendenning
MAIN IMAGE Mazda Road to Indy/Tatuus
An overhaul of the USF2000 car
has been a long time coming, but
the series’ promoter believes the
new USF- 17 will be worth the wait.