1600: Three 2003 Canadian Championships announced

The making Of tomorrow's racing stars. Vancouver, BC (27/09/02) -- Fran-Am Canada confirmed today that it plans to launch not one, but three Fran Am 1600 Championships in Canada next year. "Initially, we were planning to have one, or perhaps...

The making Of tomorrow's racing stars.

Vancouver, BC (27/09/02) -- Fran-Am Canada confirmed today that it plans to launch not one, but three Fran Am 1600 Championships in Canada next year.

"Initially, we were planning to have one, or perhaps two, Fran-Am 1600 Championships in Canada for 2003," said Andrew Field, president of Fran-Am Canada. "But it's obvious that the success of our Fran-Am North American Pro 2000 Championship has spawned a huge demand for our entry-level 1600 program in this country. For many years, up-and-coming racers in North America have been searching for the right formula to start their open-wheel careers and since day one at Fran-Am; we realized that we had a winner in our 1600 car. An inexpensive, state-of-the-art, winged, 1600cc formula car with a carbon-fibre tub and racing slicks is the perfect seat for a future world champion to learn his or her craft in. Throw in a prize fund in excess of $11,000CDN per weekend from Michelin and we are going to attract every hopeful racing star in the country. Therefore, I suppose we shouldn't be surprised at the great response to Fran-Am 1600."

Fran-Am 1600 is designed to fill the transitional void between karting and all-out professional Formula racing. The costs of Fran-Am 1600 are a fraction of a fully professional racing series and yet all of the vital career development benefits of the Fran-Am system are available to 1600 drivers.

"Fran-Am 1600 is an integral step in a racing driver's career," states Arden Weatherford, Director of Operations for Fran-Am Sport. "Each wrung of the Fran-Am ladder is a definite move closer to the top. We firmly believe that within a very short time, Fran-Am will have helped create a new North American World Champion."

Final arrangements with Canadian regional sanctioning bodies (FAQ, CASC-Ontario Region and CACC) will be completed soon and full details of the Fran-Am 1600 programs in Canada will be announced at Team/Driver meetings being held in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in early October.

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.

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

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