CHICAGO, IL --- Formula Three race cars meeting current FIA technical specifications will be allowed to run all races in the 2002 United States Formula Three Championship Powered by Volkswagen.

"There is plenty of speculation about rule changes in the category for 2002," said R. Cary Capparelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Active Worldwide Sports LLC, organizers of the United States Formula Three Championship Powered by Volkswagen. "Regardless, USF3 will accommodate cars meeting our 2001 technical rules in the 2002 season. We anticipate other major international Formula Three championships to do the same. This ruling will ease the decision process for those car owners and drivers considering the purchase of a 2000 or 2001 race car now. USF3 wants to acknowledge the need to protect investments," concluded Capparelli.

Current USF3 regulations allow Formula Three race car models for 1999, 2000, and 2001 to run the 2001 championship. These same model years will be allowed to run in the 2002 championship. Three manufacturers build Formula Three race cars to FIA technical requirements: Dallara, Martini and Ralt.

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