1600: Fran-Am/1600 West Coast dealer announced

Fran-Am lines up West Coast dealer for Fran-Am 1600 Championship cars Aspen, CO (December 28, 2001) - Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Director of Operations, today announced that Porter Racing/Pacific Crossle Inc. will be the West Coast parts and...

Fran-Am lines up West Coast dealer for Fran-Am 1600 Championship cars

Aspen, CO (December 28, 2001) - Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Director of Operations, today announced that Porter Racing/Pacific Crossle Inc. will be the West Coast parts and sales representative for the Fran-Am 1600 cars competing in the all-new entry-level professional racing series.

"Neil Porter and everyone at Porter Racing is as excited about the new Fran-Am 1600 car as we are," said Weatherford. "They also have a proven record of success in servicing and campaigning formula cars in the United States. We feel this is an outstanding opportunity for everyone involved, as the 1600 series presents a terrific value for anyone seeking to compete at this level."

The Fran-Am 1600 car features the latest in single-seat racing technology including a Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor, 5-speed sequential gearbox and spec-Michelin Sport racing slicks. The cost for a complete car including the engine is $29,500.

The 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast series will be operated by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and include eight events. Each race features a Michelin International-supported $7,000 prize fund, with the series champion winning a complete Fran-Am 2000 race car. In addition, Valvoline has pledged its support as the official oil provider to all 2002 Fran-Am 1600 Championship series competitors.

"We are proud to be associated with the new Fran-Am formula in the United States and look forward to seeing new American talent develop from it," said Pierre Dupasquier, Director of Worldwide Motorsports for Michelin. "In Europe, the single-seat formula has developed many of today's top drivers including Kimi Raikkonen, who came straight to F-1 from Formula Renault."

"The Fran-Am 1600 is the new entry-level car for the 21st century," said NASA's Jerry Kunzman. "The launch here in 2002 will coincide with the inaugural season for these cars in Italy, Spain and Belgium, with more countries to follow in 2003. At this rate, I believe this will be a worldwide formula within two seasons."

Due to current demand and the limited availability of these cars, the eight-race 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast series is scheduled to begin on August 4 at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California and conclude on December 1 at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. In the meantime, the Cal Club region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has pledged its acceptance of the Fran-Am 1600 and 2000 cars to compete at the regional level. Announcements regarding further regional approval and additional Fran-Am dealers will be issued in the coming weeks.

Further announcements regarding the Fran-Am 2000 national pro series will be made in the coming weeks. The Fran-Am 2000 car, a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe and South America, is a completely different vehicle from the 1600 version. It features a Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor capable of running an entire season without a rebuild, 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.

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