Fran-Am locks-in Montreal CART and F1 dates

Series signs five-year agreement to participate at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Aspen, CO (June 28, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport, organizers of the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series sponsored by Michelin International, today announced...

Series signs five-year agreement to participate at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

Aspen, CO (June 28, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport, organizers of the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series sponsored by Michelin International, today announced that the series will participate in both the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix and CART FedEx Championship weekends at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, beginning with this August's Molson Indy Montreal. The five-year agreement positions the Fran-Am 2000 series sponsored by Michelin International as a leading support event at two of Canada's premier races through 2007.

"Competing at both the Formula One and CART weekends in Montreal is a natural extension of our worldwide championship philosophy," said Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Sport's Director of Operations. "These are two of the premier motorsports events in North America and we're certain that both dates will attract a number of the finest aspiring drivers in the world to our series, as well as showcase our product to some of the greatest racing fans around. We're looking forward to a long-term future with Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and the promoters of these two outstanding events."

"We couldn't have asked for anything more than to join with the Molson Indy Vancouver and now, the Molson Indy Montreal and Canadian Grand Prix," said Andrew Field, President of Fran-Am Canada. "For many years to come, Fran-Am will be bringing some of the most exciting motor racing in the world to Canada and having three of the greatest events in North America provides a tremendous opportunity for Canadian drivers and spectators to experience our series."

The first race of the 2002 Fran-Am North American Pro Championship sponsored by Michelin International season will take place at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, Canada on July 20-21. Round two will be at the Molson Indy Vancouver, part of the CART FedEx Championship weekend on July 27, followed by CART's Molson Indy Montreal on August 22-24. Additional dates have been confirmed at Mid-America, Las Vegas and Firebird International Raceway, with further dates to be announced shortly. SCCA Pro Racing will sanction all events, with co-sanction by ASN Canada FIA for the Canadian races.

The Fran-Am 2000 Championship sponsored by Michelin International, a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe, South America and China, begins its inaugural North American season this year with support from Michelin International. Each Fran-Am 2000 race features a $25,000 Michelin International supported cash prize fund, with the overall series champion winning a ride with a leading Formula Renault team for the 2003 European series.

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. American Pat Long is competing in the 2002 British Formula Renault series with Raikkonen's 2000 championship-winning Manor Motorsports team.

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. The spec nature of the series has proven to keep operating costs to a minimum, while providing a level playing field to all competitors. Since gear sets are pre-determined, race weekend adjustments are basically limited to wings, spring rates, ride height, castor, camber and tire pressure. When permitted, races begin with a standing start and run for a 50-mile duration.

Further information on the Fran-Am series is available at www.fran-am.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber