F2000 is back at Lime Rock on Memorial Day weekend (photo: Valet)Sharon, CT – The F2000 Championship Series today announced its 2013 seven-event schedule for the Championship’s eighth season. As always, the development Series featuring aspiring drivers and proven veterans will start the season in Virginia in April and then continue touring some of North America’s best road courses as large fields fight for race wins and a Championship.All weekends feature two races.

With 2012 runaway Champion Robert La Rocca off to climb the open-wheel ladder, and many young, aspiring rookies expected, the 14-race, seven-weekend schedule should prove as competitive as ever.

VIRginia International Raceway kicks off the tour as it has for the eighth straight year, April 11-14.

From there, the Championship heads to Road Atlanta paired up with the hugely popular and unique Formula Drift competition, May 9-11.

Both of these events have been a fixture on the schedule, and will also be supported by the F1600 Formula F Championship Series.

Like in 2012, F2000 then goes north for a two-day event at Connecticut’s “bull-ring,” Lime Rock Park, on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, along with F1600 and Trans-Am.

The Northeast sees another race weekend at the end of June (27-29), at Watkins Glen International with the Grand-Am six-hour endurance race.

A month off leads into the final leg of the season, with three races scheduled in just five weeks to close out the year.

The 2.25 mile, 10-turn Mid-Ohio circuit will play host to two F2000 weekends along with the F1600 Series. The first, July 26-28, before a brief weekend off, and then it’s back to Mid-Ohio, August 9-11.

Series officials will introduce something unique for the second Mid-Ohio weekend, which is set to be a doubleheader for now.

With six weekends and 12 races in the books by August 11, a season finale showdown will be set up for the end of August at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, August 23-25, for both F2000 and F1600, with the Series awards ceremony following on Sunday night, August 25.

With the schedule now set, teams can look forward to their usual high dosage of track time from the Series, which will include test days at various weekends, to be announced in the coming weeks.

2013 F2000 Championship Series Schedule: *

April 11-14, VIR

May 9-11, Road Atlanta

May 24-25, Lime Rock

June 27-29, Watkins Glen

July 26-28, Mid-Ohio

August 9-11, Mid-Ohio

August 23-25, Summit Point

*dates are tentative and subject to change