North American Formula Renault 2000 Announces $315,000 Prize Package North American Formula Renault officials continue to prepare for the 2004 season, and announced today the prize fund program for the inaugural North American Formula Renault...
North American Formula Renault 2000 Announces $315,000 Prize Package
North American Formula Renault officials continue to prepare for the 2004 season, and announced today the prize fund program for the inaugural North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship season, revealing a comprehensive package with a total value of $315,000. The prize structure provides both cash awards as well as vital opportunities for drivers to experience the next step up in the Formula Renault ladder, in the form of precious seat time in the exciting new Formula Renault V6.
One of the biggest challenges teams and drivers face when it comes time to move up the ladder is financing the move, and to address this issue, the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 champion will have two great choices for their award. The champion will be able to select either the hefty $100,000 cash bonus, or will have the option of securing the use of a Formula Renault V6 for the following season, providing the driver with a very useful tool when selecting or negotiating their ride as they make the step up the ladder.
North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship rookies will have their own rewards to fight for as well, and the winner won't have to make a selection, as they will score both a $10,000 cash bonus and will net a full test day in the Formula Renault V6 for their hard-fought first season efforts.
In addition to these awards, there will be three "Hard Luck" awards at the conclusion of the season, each worth $5,000. The "Hard Luck" awards will go to deserving drivers who might not have found the same success as the champion or rookie of the year, but were none the less undeterred in their efforts.
In addition to the season ending awards, a prize package for the race meetings has its own significant value, with nearly $170,000 up for grabs during the season. Cash awards will go to each of the podium finishers, with fourth place netting a set of race tires, complements of Michelin. Both the race winner and the fastest qualifier will also each score five test laps in the Formula Renault V6, and two drivers will each be awarded a set of Michelins from a random draw at each race meeting.
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The 2004 season will get underway April 8-10 at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 season.