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Bruno Spengler wins Fran-Am Iowa race and takes lead in 2002 championship Pacific Junction, Iowa, Usa - It Was High Stakes And High Drama For Competitors In The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series This Weekend, When They Found...

Bruno Spengler wins Fran-Am Iowa race and takes lead in 2002 championship

Pacific Junction, Iowa, Usa - It Was High Stakes And High Drama For Competitors In The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series This Weekend, When They Found They Were Racing For A Much Bigger Prize Than They Were Previously Anticipating.

Mr. T. Burckhart, President of Fran-Am Sport, made a surprise special announcement at a series barbeque on the eve of the 4th race of this year's inaugural championship at Mid-America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa.

Instead of competing for a fully funded ride in Formula Renault 2000, competitors were informed that the 2002 Fran-Am champion will be contesting a full season in the recently announced 2003 Formula Super Renault V6 Championship in Europe.

Following an exciting standing start, the first of the season, that saw Michael Brooks of Barrie, Ontario jump from last place to mid-pack, pole-sitter Bruno Spengler led the field into Turn 1 and proceeded to lead each lap on his way to his second victory of the season.

Chased closely by Dan McMullen of Gormely, Ontario and Montreal race winner Scott Jenkins of Portland, Oregon, Spengler displayed the talent and racing finesse that have hallmarked his appearance in the North American Fran-Am Championship. Spengler is also a top contender in the Formula Renualt Eurocup and German Championships and is especially pleased to be leading the points race in North America after this victory.

"Mid-America Motorplex is a challenging track with both fast and slow corners," said Spengler. "A good test for any driver. Although I led from the start, the heat of the competition as well as the heat of the day made this an especially demanding race. I am pleased to come out with the win that now puts me in first place in the championship."

This round was McMullen's third second place finish in as many races leaving him hungry for his first win. "It's great to be on the podium again," said McMullen, 19. "But for the next race I hope to be standing on the top step instead. "

To the surprise of many, in addition to winning this round, Spengler was also credited with a new outright track record at this the 21st event held at Mid-America Motorplex. He beat the four-wheel record previously set in a Swift Toyota Atlantic as well as the 2-wheel record set on an AMA SuperBike.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of Antoine Leclerc of Epinal, France; Aaron Ellis of New Palastine, Indiana; Chris Field of Richmond, British Columbia; Galen Puccini of Simi Valley, California; Lucas Strackerjan of Halifax, Nova Scotia; John Puccini of Simi Valley, California; and Michael Brooks of Barrie, Ontario.

Rounds five and six of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 National Championship Pro Series will be contested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas,Nevada on October 25-27.

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 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.

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.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa , Bruno Spengler , Aaron Ellis , Galen Puccini , Dan McMullen , John Puccini , Lucas Strackerjan , Antoine Leclerc
Teams Sauber