Aspen, CO (December 24, 2001) - Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Director of Operations, today announced that Loyning's Engine Service will be an official engine service provider for the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 Championship series. Loyning's, based in Portland, Oregon, has been authorized to maintain and rebuild the sealed 2.0-liter motors used in the professional racing series throughout the United States and Canada.
"We're delighted to partner with Arnie Loyning as we seek to provide a level playing field for all Fran-Am competitors," said Weatherford. "We not only needed someone with a great deal of experience with high performance engine applications, but also someone who was committed to the high standards of our other partners. Arnie is well respected within the racing community and shares our goal of providing a high quality, consistent product at a contained cost."
While the motor is capable of running an entire season without being rebuilt, a base rebuild for the Fran-Am 2000 engine is capped at $3,500. Loyning's Engine Service has been an industry leader in CART Toyota Atlantic and Formula Ford competition for more than 25 years. Loyning's engines have captured more than 20 victories at the annual SCCA Run-Offs, as well as two professional Atlantic titles.
The Fran-Am 2000 Championship, a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe and South America, begins its inaugural North American season in April with support from Michelin International. While the official schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 series champion is guaranteed a fully-funded seat with a leading Formula Renault team for the 2003 European series.
Formula Renault is recognized worldwide as a primary feeder for the future Formula One stars of tomorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa.
On track, the Fran-Am 2000 race cars feature a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor, 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires. Since gear sets are pre-determined, race weekend adjustments are basically limited to wings, spring rates, ride height, castor, camber and tire pressure. Each race begins with a standing start, and culminates after 50-60 miles.