Ontario Fran-Am 1600 Series announced for 2003.
(05/12/2002) Vancouver, BC -- Ontario's aspiring open-wheel racers were given a shot in the arm today when Fran-Am Canada reached an agreement with CASC Ontario to create a regional Fran-Am 1600 Championship in 2003.
The races will take place within the Ontario Regional Championship schedule with a total of six races taking place at both Shannonville and Mosport throughout the year. These six events will result in the crowning of an Ontario 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).
As well as competing for their Regional Championship, competitors from the Ontario Fran-Am Championship Series will have an opportunity to compete against regional Championship contenders from Quebec and British Columbia for the chance to win a brand new Fran-Am 2000 car in a double-header Run-off event in October. 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.
More exciting announcements about the upcoming series will be forthcoming shortly at a Driver and Team meeting to be held in Toronto. Schedules for the Quebec and B.C. Championships will also be announced soon. The addition of the three Canadian series brings the total of Fran-Am 1600 Championships in 2003 to five; with series also scheduled to run next season in the Eastern and Western United States.
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. 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 series visit www.fran-am.com.