Comprent Motor Sports announce three drivers for the Formula Ford ZETEC 2000 Cooper Tire Championship Series.
Athens, Georgia - February 24, 2005 - The racecars for the 2005 season are being built in the Comprent Motor Sports 25,000 square foot facility in Athens, Georgia. The drivers to pilot these well-tuned machines to victory will be Franklin Futrelle, Chris Meredith and Rich Zober. These three are an excellent addition to the already deep pool of international drivers coming to the Formula Ford ZETEC Series. More information on the teams, tracks and drivers will soon be found at www.cooperseries.com.
Franklin Jefferson Futrelle IV, 19 years of age from Augusta, GA, is a freshman at Augusta State University and has been racing for 11 years. Franklin began his racing career at the age of 10 racing go-karts. Franklin ran on oval tracks located through out the southeast for four years while learning car control, race set-up, and strategy. These experiences in karts helped Franklin move up to the 600 racing's Bandolero Car. Franklin ran a Bandolero Car for 3 years having great success, earning many wins. He finished second in the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The day after his 16th birthday, Franklin attended his first SCCA driving school at Virginia International Raceway to earn his SCCA competition license. This would be the first season in Spec Racer Ford. His first year (2002) he would go on to be the youngest driver to ever win the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships and this would also earn him the coveted Jim Fitzgerald award. This prestigious award is presented to the driver who gives the best drive of the Championship race. Franklin would also run three national races, scoring 2 wins, and he would run 2 pro races as well scoring a 4th and a 5th. In his hunt for the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships Franklin would win 10 of his 14 races. In 2003, Franklin began his first year of professional racing. He would drive for Comprent Motorsports and Pete Harrison racing. He would finish second in the SCCA North American Championships. In 2004 Franklin would again run with Comprent Motor sports and Pete Harrison Racing, focusing on the Cooper Tire Championship Series. With 2 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 poles in 8 races Franklin would again have a great season. One crucial DNF would leave Franklin a few points shy of a championship, with a runner-up spot.
Chris Meredith began racing karts at age 10. He quickly moved to the national level where over the next few years he accumulated over 45 feature wins and 70 podium finishes. In 2003 Chris attended the Bertil Roos school and rookie camp. He again distinguished himself by qualifying on the pole and winning 5 of 6 races. In 2004 he ran 4 of the races in the Cooper Tire Championship Series in a Formula SCCA car earning a podium in his first race and finishing 6th in the series while running less than half the races. He also raced a Formula Mazda and FSCCA car in SCCA nationals with podium finishes in every race. In 2005 Meredith will campaign a Formula Ford Zetec car with Comprent Motorsports in the Cooper Tire Championship Series supporting American Le Mans Series, Champ Car World Series and Grand Am.
Starting business 1988, Comprent Motor Sports has flourished over the years as a comprehensive racing preparation facility and service center for race vehicles. It's dedicated staff offer a myriad of preparation services to all levels of race teams and drivers. As well as racecar preparation services, Comprent also provides specialty services for shock absorbers, composite, transmission and transaxle and tub repair. On site repair has proven to be a valuable service they provide.
Being an authorized dealer of Van Diemen chassis has kept team principle Kevin Kloepfer a busy man. His active interest and involvement in all facets of the business and years of experience have made him the "go to" guy for many racers. If a racer has a question then Ken Kloepfer is the man to ask. To find additional information on Comprent Motor Sports visit their web site at www.comprent.net.