Grand American to Sanction FR2000 Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 14, 2004) -- Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson announced today that Grand American has reached an agreement with RaceTeam Promotions to become the sanctioning body of the FR2000 Series.

FR2000 is an entry-level open-wheel series for aspiring young drivers and teams who aim to find success in the category and launch themselves towards the highest levels of the sport including IndyCar racing and Formula One. The developmental series utilizes the high technology all-carbon fiber Formula Renault cars which feature a sealed 2.0-liter, 186-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front and rear wings, a six-speed sequential gearbox and spec-Michelin Sport slick racing tires. FR2000 will be contested by a strong group of American racers as well as a significant international entry.

"Grand American is pleased to announce our sanctioning of the FR2000 Series. It is our goal to provide American race fans with exciting, competitive road racing in all forms - sports car, production car and open-wheel," said Edmondson.

"We are looking forward to working with Grand American in building a strong synergistic relationship that provides premier North American road racing in both open-wheel and sports cars," said Jim Holpp, FR2000 Winter Invitational Director and Grand American liaison.

FR2000 will kick off its 2004 season with a five-race Winter Invitational, which will offer more than $150,000 in awards. The first two rounds of the Winter Invitational will be held at Sebring International Raceway, January 23-24. The final three rounds will be contested at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rounds three and four will be run on the Speedway's full road course, February 14-15, and the final round, held February 17, will be on the modified road course that uses the banked portions of the track in NASCAR turns three and four.

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