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New SCCA Series
October 29th 2007 - 2007 marks the first year that Formula 1000 (FB in the Sports Car Club of America) is officially recognized as a class. Because it's such a new class, it won't be included in the Runoffs in Topeka, KS. This won't stop all the drivers, teams, and car builders that have been working so hard to make this class a reality. The 2007 version of the American Road Race of Champions held at Road Atlanta on November 10 will play host to the 1st Annual Formula 1000 National Championship, Presented by Taylor Race Engineering and Phoenix Race Works.
Several members of the original committee that created the Formula 1000 class have been working to make this inaugural championship one to remember by securing several sponsors of all levels and building this race into a national caliber event.
Because F1000 is one of the SCCA’s newest classes, there are only a few cars currently running. However, interest in the class continues to build and with the prizes and tow fund being offered, organizers hope to attract up to 20 competitors for this historic event.

This event is made possible by the generous suuport from these companies:

Taylor Race Engineering (
Phoenix Race Works (
Formula Car Magazine ( )
Stohr Cars North America (
Primus Racing Parts ( )
GoPro Camera (
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (
Williams Race Developments (
ZAT Graphics (
Averill Racing Stuff ( )
Wrapfrenzy ( )
Impact! Racing ( )
Sweetwater Brewing (
Gyrodynamics (
Woodruff Racing
AVT Composites (
Slick Eyewear (
This is just a partial list of what is up for grabs at the 1st Annual F1000 Championship:

1 st place- $500 cash from Stohr Cars NA + $300 product credit from Primus Parts + $500 product credit-Williams Race Developments
2 nd place-$200 cash from Stohr Cars NA + $200 product credit from Primus Parts
3 rd place-$100 cash from Stohr Cars NA + $100 product credit from Primus Parts
4th place- $150 credit toward the purchase of transport/paddock wheels
5th place- $200 product credit-Williams Race Developments
10th place- $100 product credit-Williams Race Developments
Fastest Conversion -trophy, courtesy of Averill Racing Stuff
Hard Luck Award- Indy style jack to first DNF in the race, courtesy of Gyrodynamics
Hard Charger Award
Best Engineered Conversion- $100 product credit from AVT Composites
Best Appearing Car- pair of sunglasses, courtesy of Slick Eyewear
Tow Fund- to be divided among all entrants- currently at $1350
This is who has entered the 2007 F1000 Championship so far (subject to change):

Sean O'Connell- RF96-GSXR- This is the car that started it all. The chassis is a Van Diemen RF96 FC monoshock car converted by Crutchfield racing to accept a Suzuki GSX-R. Sean was the first driver to enter an F1000 in SCCA National competition. He won that event and has won every race he's entered since then. Road Atlanta is his home track.
Jeremy Hill- Photon RF99-GSXR- Another motorcycle-powered formula car pioneer, Jeremy converted a Van Diemen RF99 FC chassis to GSX-R power. He's also won every race he entered in 2007.
Dave Yaakov - Photon-GSXR-David is driving the Photon that Jeremy built to compete in FC, placing a solid 9th place in the 2005 Runoffs.
Russ McBride- RF94-ZX10-Russ has converted a Van Diemen RF94 to Kawasaki ZX10 power, using a unique jackshaft arrangement instead of the single chain layout that is most common. This is also the only Kawasaki-powered car in the field.
John Mosteller-Radicalone F1000-A candidate for the longest tow award, John comes all the way from Washington state. The Radicalone is a one-off homebuilt car of John's own design.
Ben Cooper- Cooper/Elan DP04-GSXR
Mike Beauchamp-RF93-R1-A member of the original committee that created Formula 1000, Mike is driving a Van Diemen RF93 converted to Yamaha R1 power.
Sean Maisey- RF99-GSXR- Sean is driving the first Van Diemen converted by F500 constructor Jay Novak. Early indications are that this might be the package to beat. Sean was also a key member of the F1000 committee.
About the ARRC:
The American Road Race of Champions is the national amateur championship for all Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) classes that are not included in the Runoffs. Dating all the way back to 1965, it has been held at one of North America’s premier road race circuits, Road Atlanta since the early ‘70s. The ARRC attracts over 350 drivers from all over the country and crowns national champions in 51 classes.

Class Philosophy
In a nutshell, the intent of Formula 1000 is to create a class that offers high performance at a low cost, in an open-wheel package. It’s tempting to call Formula 1000 an open-wheel version of DSR but there are significant differences in the engine rules. While DSR permits several engine types, F1000 will only permit 1000cc 4 cylinder motorcycle engines. While DSR permits many modifications to the motorcycle engine within the displacement limit, F1000 will endeavor to keep the engine at or near stock.

By removing the heavy automotive-based engine and gearbox and replacing it with a lighter motorcycle engine with integral gearbox, the package will provide a lighter package and higher performance. By keeping the engines at stock preparation levels, the cost will be held relatively low, much lower than current automotive engines and reliability will be increased.

Chassis Preparation Rules
The inception of F1000 was originally centered on converted FC and SV cars. The chassis preparation rules were designed to acknowledge that. The intent of the rules is to include tubeframe construction and prohibit costly carbon fiber tubs or carbon reinforced chassis to maintain the “low cost” part of the F1000 philosophy. Envelope sizes are roughly in accordance with FC as are the aero rules, with a few exceptions to permit existing manufacturer’s cars and to accommodate the increased performance potential.

The Future
This formula allows everything from an existing FC car converted to motorcycle power, to purpose-built formula cars that are constructed specifically for this class. It's clear that the relatively simple tubeframe construction and limited aerodynamic rules, combined with the inexpensive, readily-available 1000cc engines, will result in a low-cost, high-performance, exciting new class.

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