1600: Canadian regional series schedules announced

Fran-Am announces full schedules for three Canadian 1600 championships. Vancouver, BC (April 17, 2003) - Fran-Am Sport - Canada Operations, the organization behind the 2003 Fran-Am 1600 Canadian regional series, announced today full schedules...

Fran-Am announces full schedules for three Canadian 1600 championships.

Vancouver, BC (April 17, 2003) - Fran-Am Sport - Canada Operations, the organization behind the 2003 Fran-Am 1600 Canadian regional series, announced today full schedules for all three Canadian series. In 2003, Regional Pro Championships will be based in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia represented appropriately as 'Canada East', 'Canada Central' and 'Canada West'.

All three series will kick off in June and feature 4-5 events qualifying towards a double-header weekend at the 'Fran-Am Finals' in Phoenix, Nov. 1 and 2, 2003. The championship schedules also feature some high-profile events such as the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, Molson Indy Montreal, Mosport ALMS race and Grand-Am Rolex events at Mosport and Mont Tremblant.

Information meetings will be held in Toronto and Montreal the weekend of April 26 & 27 to give potential competitors the opportunity to meet with series officials, see the car up close and discuss the upcoming season. Full details of these meetings will be announced shortly, please check www.fran-am.com for information.

Each Fran-Am 1600 Regional Series features a per race prize fund of CDN$15,600 with the overall Canadian Fran-Am 1600 Champion winning a brand new Fran-Am 2000 racecar complete with 22 sets of Michelin race tires and an XAP data acquisition system, which the winner will race in 2004 in the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro-Championship in order to further his/her racing career. The second and third highest placing Canadians in the 'Fran-Am Finals' will be awarded US$15,000 and US$8,000 respectively.

2002 saw the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series grow from eight entries at the inaugural event in Vancouver to 27 over the course of the season. In addition, Fran-Am's World Championship Winter Series grew even more to feature 36 drivers from 14 countries competing for the title. Fran-Am Sport - Canada Operations expects the same level of success to follow the three Canadian Regional Fran-Am 1600 series as well as the premiere Pro Series events in Canada in 2003.

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.

For more information on the Fran-Am Series, please visit www.fran-am.com.

-fran am-

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