NA: Condor Motorsports Winter Series driver lineup

Condor Motorsports announces lineup for Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series. (18/01/2003) Bloomington, CA - Condor Motorsports today announced their driver line-up for the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series. Chris ...

Condor Motorsports announces lineup for Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series.

(18/01/2003) Bloomington, CA - Condor Motorsports today announced their driver line-up for the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series.

Chris Festa and Jeff Simmons will be behind the wheel of Condor's two Fran-Am entries for the 5-race Florida-based Winter Series starting January 24 at Sebring International Raceway.

Festa, a shifter kart ace from Atlanta, Georgia, recently completed a successful test with Condor in early January. Condor Motorsports team owner, Carlos Bobeda, was impressed with Festa's pace and feedback from the first session.

"We tested Chris at Buttonwillow and he did great right from the start," said Bobeda, the 1998 Toyota Atlantic Owner of the Year. "Chris was intense and focused right from the start and takes a very professional approach as well. We were able to get him up to speed quickly."

Festa, 17, will resume testing within the next few weeks before the first round. With just over three years of racing competitively under his belt, the young driver has come a long way in just a short time.

"I am very excited about the Fran-Am Winter Series," said Festa. "The car is extremely responsive and to be working with Carlos is a big plus. He certainly knows the car and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a solid engineer."

Simmons, 26, has been racing for the better part of two decades. He began his career in Quarter Midgets and then made the move to the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series. In 1997, Simmons split the season in the US Formula 2000 series and the Barber Dodge Pro Series.

However, 1998 was his breakout season. In his first full season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Simmons became only the second driver in series history to capture both the Rookie of the Year and Championship titles. He claimed the titles with a season that saw him secure 3 wins, 4 second-places, 3 poles, 4 fastest laps and 2 track records.

The only way to follow-up a successful season like that is to do it all over again. Which Simmons did in 1999 with another championship title. In 2000, he moved up to the now-defunct Indy Lights series where he finished 7th in the championship hunt with Team KOOL Green. Simmons has now set his sights on the Fran-Am series as his next step.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to compete with Condor Motorsports in the Fran-Am Winter series," said Simmons. "These cars are great and I know I have a great crew of guys working with me. Look for big things from Condor this winter!"

For more information on Condor Motorsports, visit www.condormotorsports.com.

To learn more about the Fran-Am racing series, log on to www.fran-am.com.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jeff Simmons , Chris Festa