Fran-Am and FAQ announce plans for 2003 Quebec Fran-Am 1600 Series.
(17/12/2002) Vancouver, BC - Continuing with their plans to run three regional Fran-Am 1600 series in 2003, Fran-Am Canada today announced an agreement with the Fédération Auto-Québec to create a regional Fran-Am 1600 Championship in Québec.
"It is with a lot of enthusiasm that Fédération Auto-Québec announces our new venture with Fran-Am Canada," said FAQ president Marcel Demers. "In 2003 the Fran-Am 1600 series will run with the Québec Championship. The program has a lot of potential and it will be very attractive for karters to move up to open-wheel racing.''
"We are particularly excited about our Québec Fran-Am 1600 Championship," added Andrew Field, President of Fran-Am Canada. "Québec has some of the most talented young drivers in Canada and perhaps the most passionate motor racing fans in North America. We know that we have a great future here."
Every attempt is being made by the Ontario and Québec regions to arrange a non-conflicting schedule that will allow competitors and teams from both regions to compete in either championship. However, both championships will be run independently with competitors registered in either, not both, series. Registered competitors are only allowed to gain championship points in their pre-selected series, although Fran-Am prize purses are available to competitors from either regional championship.
"We will be very careful planning the 2003 season," said Demers. "With series running in both Québec and Ontario we need to make sure that conflicting dates will be limited to allow drivers in both regions to maximize their investment and enjoy as many races as possible. In fact, we are busily working on some very special events for our regional competitors."
A schedule for the 2003 Québec Fran-Am 1600 series, as determined by FAQ in conjunction with Fran-Am, is expected to be released by late January. Further information on the BC/Pacific Northwest Fran-Am 1600 championship will also be released shortly.
The Quebec championship is expected to include 6-7 races beginning in June and ending in September. These events will result in the crowning of an Québec Fran-Am 1600 Regional Champion. Each race in the championship will carry a potential prize purse of US$7,000.00 (approx. CDN$11,000.00).
A Canadian Fran-Am Championship event will be held in Phoenix at the Fran-Am Finale in October. At that event, drivers from the Ontario, Québec and BC/Pacific Northwest Championships will compete to win a brand-new Fran-Am 2000 car. The winner of this prize will then have an opportunity to use the prize in order to continue his/her open-wheel racing career in the 2004 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series.
The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series are 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. 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.