Fran-Am and Skusa announce strategic alliance.
(31/10/2002) Las Vegas, Nevada -- In Fran-Am's own words, "We made great strides today towards achieving our goal of finding and developing a new North American world champion."
At last night's SKUSA (SuperKarts USA) awards banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fran-Am Sport's Director of Marketing Andrew Field and SKUSA's CEO Jim Murley jointly announced what promises to be a most exciting opportunity for young, talented karters throughout North America with aspirations to becoming open-wheel racing champions.
"The timing is perfect," said Murley. "Over the past 6 years, SKUSA has succeeded in developing the most talented karters anywhere. In Fran-Am 1600 all of our drivers, including our most accomplished 14-year-olds, have an ideal place to launch their open-wheel careers."
"We are truly excited about this relationship continuing far into the future," continued Field. "It is clear that both of our organizations are focused on driver development. I am confident that with the talent emerging from SKUSA, then proceeding on to Fran-Am we are poised to achieve all of our joint goals and objectives."
Although full details of this strategic alliance have yet to be finalized the first initiative featuring major cooperation between Fran-Am and SKUSA will be a special event being held to determine Fran-Am Sports North American Karting Champion. A brand-new Fran-Am 1600 racecar will be awarded to the winner of the competition with a full eight of the twelve invited participants being SKUSA competitors. Details of this event will be announced this weekend.
The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series is the first step on Fran-Am Sport's Driver Development Ladder, with drivers eventually making the jump to race in the Fran-Am 2000 Series. Each Fran-Am 1600 event features a $7000US prize fund with the overall series champion winning a brand-new Fran-Am 2000 car ready to race the next season
The Fran-Am 1600 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 5-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.
For more information on the Fran-Am series visit www.fran-am.com.