Grand American expresses support for North American Formula Renault (19 August 04)-- Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson took time during the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio recently to meet with the...
Grand American expresses support for North American Formula Renault
(19 August 04)-- Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson took time during the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio recently to meet with the drivers and teams in the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship to express his support for the young series and to discuss Grand American's interest in working with the series in the future.
Edmondson formed the Championship Cup Series in 1984, which has grown today into the largest motorcycle road racing organization in the United States. From 1986 to 1994, he also operated the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) professional road-racing program and served as a member of the FIM Road Racing Commission, which governed the World Championship SuperBike and Grand Prix Series.
Edmondson made the move from motorcycles to race cars when he was selected to lead the Grand American organization at its inception in 1999 and has seen the series enjoy explosive growth in all of its classes, so he knows what it takes to create a successful series.
"We believe there is a place for a program like this in the Grand-Am family," Edmondson said. "When we first began talking with John (Kolody-President of RaceTeam Promotions), it was clear that he had the right business instincts, and that he was totally committed to the success of the series."
Both parties have benefited from the partnership, as the Formula Renault drivers have had the opportunity to race at the Grand-Am events, while the inclusion of the Formula Renault series brings an open-wheel program to the race weekends for Grand-Am fans. There has also been some opportunity for drivers to participate in both, as Mt. Tremblant Formula Renault race winner Mark Wilkins showed when he scored a podium finish in his Rolex 24 at Daytona debut in February.
"I believe that there is a bright future here with Formula Renault, and Grand American is excited to be involved," said Edmondson.
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.