FDNC commits $190,000 to 2004 cash prize fund.

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Feb. 11) - The Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER has unveiled an entirely new prize package for 2004 as part of its ongoing commitment to elevate the series' competitiveness and profile. The champion of this 14-race North American open-wheel series now wins $100,000 in cash.

The $100,000 is payable to any race team in the racing world, provided it is a step up in the driver's career. In addition, each driver finishing second-through-10th in FDNC season points wins $10,000 in cash, paid directly to the driver.

"This is an exciting advance in North American open-wheel racing, one that we're confident will strongly appeal to up-and-coming drivers," said Divina Galica, Vice President of Racing for the Skip Barber organization. "By creating a significant cash purse for FDNC, we continue, in an even stronger fashion, to add to our long history of materially assisting drivers climbing the motorsports ladder."

Galica added, "I have to say, despite our adding a major cash prize element to FDNC, we are still charging just $5,450 for each race weekend -- and that's two races. That means the champion actually makes money. Where else in open-wheel road racing is that possible?"

The Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER is an Official Champ Car Ladder Series where a number of today's latest up-and-comers were "cultivated": Ryan Hunter-Reay, A.J. Allmendinger, Bryan Sellers, Patrick Long, Leo Maia and a host of others.

The 2004 FDNC 14-race season opens with its doubleheader at the ALMS Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring March 17-19 and closes at the Champ Car World Series Grand Prix of Road America August 6-8 -- two very high visibility events with large spectator counts.