(07/01/2002) Aspen, CO -- With 12 of 13 races already confirmed for 2003, Fran-Am stands poised to embark on their sophomore year with a Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship schedule that will undoubtedly be the envy of every open-wheel ...
(07/01/2002) Aspen, CO -- With 12 of 13 races already confirmed for 2003, Fran-Am stands poised to embark on their sophomore year with a Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship schedule that will undoubtedly be the envy of every open-wheel racing fan in North America.
"We have attempted to give our drivers, teams, sponsors and fans the absolute best mix of venues possible," announced Thierry Burckhart, president of Fran-Am Sport. "We are racing alongside Formula One, CART and Grand-Am on a splendid combination of street and road courses at some of the most prestigious events in North America."
As well as a stop in Montreal in June for the Air Canada Formula One Grand Prix, the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series will be joining CART for four of their top events at Toronto and Vancouver in July, Denver in August and Montreal again in September. In addition, they will be appearing at five Grand-Am events at Phoenix and Birmingham in May, Watkins Glen in June, Mont Tremblant in September and Virginia International Raceway in October. A doubleheader Fran-Am season finale in Phoenix in late October will close the 2003 schedule.
"We are proud to be able to provide our aspiring, up and coming racers with so many opportunities to showcase their talents," commented Andrew Field, Director of Marketing for Fran-Am Sport. "Our 2003 Fran-Am 2000 Pro schedule brings us to some of the top spectator events on the continent, plus we are presently finalizing our arrangements for a first class television package."
In addition to the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series, Fran-Am 2000 Championship series will also be run in the Eastern and Western United States. These series will run in conjunction with the Fran-Am 1600 series in the same regions and will race at some of the Pro series events. Fran-Am has also arranged to run three Fran-Am 1600 series in Canada for 2003. Series will run in Quebec, Ontario and the Pacific Northwest/BC. Schedules for the remaining Fran-Am series will be announced soon.
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 Formula 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.
For more information on the series visit www.fran-am.com.