North American Formula Renault News--Allen Berg named Manager Driver/Team Relations
RaceTeam Promotions announced today the appointment of former Formula One racer Allen Berg as Manager, Driver and Team Relations for the North American Formula Renault Championships. Berg's primary responsibilities will involve working as a liaison between series organizer RaceTeam Promotions and the drivers and teams of North American Formula Renault as the series continues to grow. Berg will begin work during the next round of the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship on the weekend of May 20-22 at Mont Tremblant in Canada.
Berg is uniquely qualified for the role, as he has been an active participant in the sport for over thirty years, with his experience ranging from racing his way into Formula One from the karting ranks to running his own race team, and nearly everything in between.
"Allen brings a wealth of experience to this position, and I think that his knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the teams and drivers in North American Formula Renault," said RaceTeam Promotions president John Kolody.
"We are continuing to assemble everything needed to develop the Formula Renault program here in North America, and work towards its continued growth from its start just under three months ago" continued Kolody. "Allen's experiences-from team owner to driver coach to successful driver, will help us as an organization provide support for our drivers and teams as they establish themselves and move up."
As part of the growth plan for the series, Berg will also work to promote the series and attract new teams and drivers to the Formula Renault ranks. Berg is looking forward to being an active participant in the series and believes the hard-fought lessons he has learned will help North American Formula Renault drivers as they race for their future.
"I am very excited to have been selected for this role," said Berg. "I think that my experience fighting my way up from the lower levels of the sport is similar to what other drivers are going through now as they work to establish themselves as professional racers, and I want to contribute to that upward progression."
Berg has long had an enthusiasm for the Formula Renault category, and firmly believes in the concepts behind it.
"I was at the Autosport show when the car was first announced by Tatuus and Renault, and immediately recognized it as an outstanding race car, with high levels of technology at an affordable price, and the category has gone on to prove itself all over the world," said Berg. "Looking at the success of drivers who have graduated from Formula Renault world wide, it is clear that If they are an established front runner here, they can do well anywhere as they move up."
Berg also believes that the structure of the North American Formula Renault Championships, with the Formula Renault 1600, the Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the Formula Renault V6, creates a strong structure for growth for the young talent in the series.
"The environment in Formula Renault is perfect for young drivers as it gives them experience doing the things that will be required of them as they move up the ladder, from dealing with team dynamics, learning how to make the most of the engineering data and staff to be competitive, to learning about how to best approach and work with potential sponsors."
This progression is not just for the drivers, as several teams competing in the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship are already working on developing their 2005 program with a keen eye on the exciting Formula Renault V6 for the 2005 championship. Berg's experience as a team owner, most recently fielding a competitive Atlantics effort, will also make him a valued resource for the owners in Formula Renault, as he understands first-hand many of the challenges they face.
"The North American Formula Renault Championships ladder is another example of the foresight shown by Renault Sport, as it gives drivers a clear path for their professional careers, and it also is a great environment for teams to make that same move up with the cars as well. Developing the Formula Renault V6 program in the North American market is a very important part of the ladder,
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 season.