NA: McMullen signs with Gelles Racing for Winter series

Dan McMullen signs with Gelles Racing for the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series. (Toronto, Ont. - Jan. 17/03) - It was announced today that Dan McMullen has signed with the Gelles Racing Team out of Front Royal, Virginia to ...

Dan McMullen signs with Gelles Racing for the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series.

(Toronto, Ont. - Jan. 17/03) - It was announced today that Dan McMullen has signed with the Gelles Racing Team out of Front Royal, Virginia to contest the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series. The first race in the series gets under way on January 23rd at the famous Sebring International Raceway in central Florida.

The format for the winter championship involves five races in total. The first two races are being held at Sebring and the next two races will be held at the Miami Homestead Speedway on the long track February 15th and 16th. Following these four races, the top twenty-five drivers in the point standings will then face off for the final race as part of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on February 22nd. The race will be a support event for the first CART race of the 2003 season.

There will be a great deal of competition for all of the competitors involved as several of the top British and European Formula Renault teams, as well as their drivers, have made the trip across the Atlantic to Florida. As well, there are drivers from as far away as Australia and Argentina entered for the championship. As one European team manager was heard to say, "why spend time and money testing in Spain or Portugal when we could be racing in Florida!"

Also it was announced today that Raffi Tashdjian would be joining up with the Gelles Team as race mechanic for Dan. This was great news as Raffi worked with Dan last year in the Phillips Motorsports Team and helped him on his way to second place overall in the 2002 Pro Championship. Under the guidance of Gelles Team Engineer Rodolfo "Lolo" Perdomo, both Dan and Raffi are looking forward to renewing their relationship and have one goal in mind, winning the Winter Series.

The prize awaiting the drivers and teams at the end of the Winter World Championship is a share in the $100,000.00 prize fund of which $36,000.00 goes to the series champion. At the end of the final race in St. Petersburg, all of the awards and cheques will be handed out at the banquet to be held on February 23rd. Along with the cash awards, Fran-Am have announced that the top three drivers in the winter series will be invited to test the new Formula Super Renault V6 race car at a date and location in Europe to be determined later.

At the present time the winter series will be televised by RDS in Quebec but it is hoped that the rest of Canada will get to see this exciting race series on another network.

-dmr-

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