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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will supply the revived U.S. F2000 National Championship series with tires for the next four years.

Under the terms of the exclusive agreement, Cooper will:

* supply the Indy Racing League-sanctioned series with slick and rain tires co-branded Cooper/F2000. A minimum of three sets will be available for purchase per car at each event, and a minimum of four sets of tires per car will be available at official test dates.

* provide trackside mounting service and tire engineering support at each race and test.

* present the winner of each race’s pole position with $500, which will be called the “Cooper Tires, Don’t Give Up a Thing Award.”

"We are excited to be associated with (CEO) Dan Andersen, and to help him realize his vision of re-creating the F2000 entry level open-wheel racing series which has been such a vital step in the careers of so many young racing talents," says Chris Pantani, director of motorsports for Cooper Tire.

Anderson says the original series, which he co-founded in the 1990s, was last known as the Cooper Tire F2000 series.

“They were an excellent partner back then, and I know from experience the high quality of the products they supply as well as the superb service and the totally professional marketing and promotion efforts they put forth."

The revived series is being promoted as a vehicle for "career-minded drivers of two-liter formula cars." It will be operated by Andersen Promotions LLC, a new company owned by Dan Andersen and his brother, John.

The U.S. F2000 National Championship’s Web site is under development at www.usf2000.com.

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