1600: Buttonwillow: Event preview

FRAN-AM 1600 POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP FOR BUTTONWILLOW Aspen, Colorado (09/10/02) -- A tight battle for the points lead in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series promises to be the catalyst for an exciting race this weekend at...

FRAN-AM 1600 POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP FOR BUTTONWILLOW

Aspen, Colorado (09/10/02) -- A tight battle for the points lead in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series promises to be the catalyst for an exciting race this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.

Conversion Techniques Motorsports teammates Tim Barber, John Knudsen and Darryl O'Young sit one-two-three in the overall standings separated by only 10 points. This close race for the lead comes after a fruitful weekend for the team at Portland International Raceway that saw Barber take the victory with O'Young and Knudsen in second and fourth respectively.

"We are looking for another very successful weekend for the Conversion Techniques Motorsports team this weekend at Buttonwillow," said O'Young. "We'd like to repeat our podium sweep from round one and put some distance between ourselves and the rest of the field in the points race."

Michael McDowell of Worldspeed Motorsports currently sits in fifth place in the points standings after a disappointing weekend at Portland. McDowell took the pole and led most of the race until dropping out with just 3 laps remaining. He is looking to bounce back this weekend and take his first trip to the podium.

"We are only 30 points out of the lead with 6 races to go," McDowell commented. "The MMI Worldspeed Team is very strong with a lot of ambition, and we are going to make this happen!"

Round 3 of the 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series goes this weekend, October 11-13 at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Rounds 4 & 5 of the championship are scheduled for October 25-27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada alongside the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series.

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.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Michael McDowell , Tim Barber , John Knudsen , Darryl O'Young