NA2000: Colin Braun to compete in 2004

Braun to Run New Formula TR Pro Series This Season OVALO, Texas, Feb. 16 - Fifteen-year-old Colin Braun, the 2003 Fran Am 1600 champion, will run the new Formula TR Pro Series for two-liter Formula Renaults in 2004, beginning with the season ...

Braun to Run New Formula TR Pro Series This Season

OVALO, Texas, Feb. 16 - Fifteen-year-old Colin Braun, the 2003 Fran Am 1600 champion, will run the new Formula TR Pro Series for two-liter Formula Renaults in 2004, beginning with the season opener March 6-7 at California Speedway in Fontana.

His goal will be to try to win that Formula Renault class championship, since he's still too young to compete in the national series. The Ovalo, Texas-based teenager won't turn 16 until September.

The eight-race series will concentrate on the West Coast, with other events at California facilities such as Willow Springs International Raceway, Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Thunderhill Raceway Park and Infineon Raceway (Sears Point).

In addition to driving for his family-owned team, the teen will be associated with a top American Le Mans Series (ALMS) team this year as he continues to develop the skills used at the highest levels of the sport. Details on that relationship will be announced soon.

Braun's Formula TR team's primary sponsor is Speed Secrets, a series of books and a high-level race car driving school created by Ross Bentley. Additional support will come from Latus Motors, Stand 21, Bell Helmets and Silkolene Oil. The latter company is well known in motorcycle racing but it is just now introducing its lubricants to North American car racing.

"Getting to drive the Formula Renault this year is so cool. The car is faster and more fun to drive than the 1600," Braun said. "The first day I thought it had a lot of power, but by the second day I was wanting more. So many people have given me great opportunities this year I can't believe it. I am really looking forward to Fontana and getting the season started."

After he turns 16, Braun wants to try to compete in the British Formula Renault Winter Series, and then perhaps run in the British or European Formula Renault series in 2005.

Last October Braun became the youngest driver in United States history to win a professional open-wheel auto racing championship when he earned the Fran Am 1600 Pro title. He also won the series' Rookie of the Year award last year when he won more races than any other driver, posting eight victories in the 11 events.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Colin Braun , Ross Bentley