World Speed Motorsports 2002 focus

World Speed Motorsports focuses on Fran-Am and Atlantic series. Aspen, CO (March 20, 2002) - Chuck West, owner of World Speed Motorsports, today confirmed that the team will focus solely on the Fran-Am and CART Toyota Atlantic championships for...

World Speed Motorsports focuses on Fran-Am and Atlantic series.

Aspen, CO (March 20, 2002) - Chuck West, owner of World Speed Motorsports, today confirmed that the team will focus solely on the Fran-Am and CART Toyota Atlantic championships for the 2002 season. A fixture in the Formula Mazda category for more than ten years, World Speed's departure leaves the Star Mazda series without it's reigning North American championship-winning team for the 2002 season.

"We've had some great success and certainly enjoy competing in the Star Mazda Championship," said West, whose team has captured three pro and four regional/national Formula Mazda championships and five pro series Rookie-of-the-Year titles including the 2001 Star Mazda North American championship with driver Scott Bradley. "It's been a terrific series, but a number of drivers have had difficulty coming up with a full budget for this year. The Fran-Am 1600 West Coast series presents an attractive alternative and we should be able to announce at least one more driver in the next few weeks, as well as a possible driver for the Fran-Am 2000 Championship."

It was recently announced that World Speed will field a car for Mayer Motorsports, Inc. (MMI) to be driven by karting standout Michael McDowell in the 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship Series. Star Mazda veteran Frank McCormick will also join McDowell as part of the World Speed Fran-Am 1600 team. The Palm Springs, California-based team continues to campaign the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship with rookie Alex Figge.

The Fran-Am 1600 car features the latest in single-seat racing technology including a Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor, 5-speed sequential gearbox and spec-Michelin Sport racing slicks. The cost for a complete car including the engine is $29,500.

The 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast series will be operated by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). Each race features a Michelin International-supported $7,000 prize fund, with the series champion winning a complete Fran-Am 2000 race car.

The seven-race 2002 1600 Fran-Am West Coast series is scheduled to begin on August 18 at River's Edge Raceway and conclude on December 1 at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. The Cal Club region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has also pledged its acceptance of the Fran-Am 1600 and 2000 cars to compete at the regional level. <pre> 2002 Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship Schedule: August 18 River's Edge Raceway September 29 Portland International Raceway October 13 Buttonwillow Raceway October 27 Las Vegas November 10 Sears Point Raceway November 24 Willow Springs Raceway December 1 Firebird Int'l Raceway

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Series Atlantic , Other open wheel
Drivers Michael McDowell , Scott Bradley , Alex Figge