1600: Las Vegas: Event summary

(26/10/2002) Las Vegas, Nevada -- Both winners of the first two races of Fran-Am's dual doubleheader weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were no strangers to the top step of the podium. During the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series...

(26/10/2002) Las Vegas, Nevada -- Both winners of the first two races of Fran-Am's dual doubleheader weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were no strangers to the top step of the podium.

During the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series race, Tim Barber of San Francisco, California stretched his championship lead over John Knudsen of Ontario, California by picking up his third victory in a row. Barber topped the practice and qualifying sheet throughout the weekend leading up to the series first race on Saturday. Barber ended up finishing 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Keith Nunes of Modesto, California with Knudsen finishing a close third.   In the first Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series round of the weekend, championship points leader Bruno Spengler of St. Hippolyte, Quebec continued his dominance of the series by taking his third win of the season. Like Barber, his superiority was virtually unchallenged, leading up to the race as well as during it.   The contest behind Spengler however was quite the opposite with several drivers threatening to spoil what ending up becoming an all-Canadian podium. Although Dan McMullen of Gormely, Ontario eventually placed a firm hold on his all-too familiar second place, Michael Brooks of Barrie, Ontario needed a thrilling late race pass to overcome Scott Jenkins of Portland, Oregon.   Fran-Am 2000 first-timers Aurelio Lopez Jr. of Guadalajara, Mexico and 16-year-old Dominique Claessens of Rolling Hills, California displayed amazing speed and talent in finishing fifth and sixth respectively.   The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series is the first step in Fran-Am Sport's Driver Development program, 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.   The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship is a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe, South America and China. Each Fran-Am 2000 race features a $25,000 Michelin International supported cash prize fund, with the overall series champion winning a ride in the 2003 Super Renault V6 series in Europe. Formula Renault is recognized worldwide as a primary feeder for the Formula One stars of tomorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen (who went straight to Formula One from Formula Renault) as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa.   The Fran-Am 2000 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.   -www.fran-am.com-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Keith Nunes , Felipe Massa , Aurelio Lopez , Bruno Spengler , Dan McMullen , Tim Barber
Teams Sauber