1600: Sears Point: Round six preview

Fran-Am 1600's ready for round 6 at Infineon Raceway. Aspen, Colorado (08/11/02) -- The Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series comes back to California for Round 6 of the Championship this weekend at Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears ...

Fran-Am 1600's ready for round 6 at Infineon Raceway.

Aspen, Colorado (08/11/02) -- The Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series comes back to California for Round 6 of the Championship this weekend at Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point).

Each and every one of the Fran-Am 1600 drivers is sure to have renewed enthusiasm towards winning the championship prize of a brand new Fran-Am 2000 car for next season after seeing their 2-litre brothers in action at a doubleheader race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago. It was the first time the 1600 competitors had the chance to see the Fran-Am 2000 Pro series in action and each of the front-running drivers came away from the experience pumped to win the prize.

"I don't think it will make me drive any faster this weekend," said Darryl O'Young who sits in fourth place in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship, "but I must admit it makes me want to drive faster! Above anything else, I want to make that step up to Fran-Am 2000 next year. Winning the car would make it so much easier!"

Coming off a highly successful weekend at Las Vegas with a victory and second place finish, current points leader Tim Barber is looking to be the favourite to win the overall prize. Barber's Las Vegas podiums allowed him to increase his points lead to 34 points over second place John Knudsen going into this weekend's event.

Michael McDowell jumped to third in the overall points with his first Fran-Am 1600 victory at Las Vegas and is hoping for another strong showing for his Worldspeed Motorsports entry this weekend.

This weekend's race at Infineon Raceway is the last round before the Fran-Am 1600 series wraps up their inaugural season with a doubleheader weekend at Phoenix Firebird Raceway. The 1600 series will headline the finale weekend alongside the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series and both series will attend the Year-End Banquet on Sunday, November 24.

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.

For more information on the series visit www.fran-am.com.

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