North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship announces Michelin support program North American Formula Renault officials announced today an agreement which will see teams and drivers benefit with support from Michelin as the series is...
North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship announces Michelin support program
North American Formula Renault officials announced today an agreement which will see teams and drivers benefit with support from Michelin as the series is working to keep the costs associated to a minimum, and is making the most of relationships with series partners make that happen.
The agreement will see Michelin providing tires as part of the prize package for each race, as well as contributing to the season-ending awards. In addition, Michelin will provide a significant reduction in the tire costs for participants in the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship, creating a big break on an important budget item for the teams as they fight for the recently announced prize package, which is valued at $315,000.
"We are working hard to create a cost-effective championship, and part of that equation is the prize fund, and looking at costs is another important way to address the issue, and this will this will be an effective addition to our efforts," said Brett Ross, North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship General Manager. "Its exciting to have Michelin step up this way, and our teams are naturally quite excited about the news!"
The new agreement will work well with the rules format, which is focused on parity as well as cost-containment, and requires that the teams use just one set of tires per race weekend, which contributes to cost savings over the season.
In addition to the cost reductions afforded by Michelin, there will be frequent opportunities for drivers to eliminate the cost entirely during each race weekend. There will be two random draws at every event, with the names of all the drivers entered, and two names will be selected to score a free set of Michelin tires, a welcome bit of fortune for the teams. Those who are not selected might still find themselves the proud owner of a free set of tires, should they finish in fourth position in the race.
In addition, Michelin tires will also be part of the season-ending awards, as three sets of tires will be among the prizes given to the three drivers earning the "Hard Luck" awards at seasons end.
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.