Monterrey, Mex.- Former Pan-American Indy Lights (ILP), now called Formula de las Americas Championship goes for the first time to Pikes Peak International Raceway for Round 4, which will be held on May 20-21. The above Series will share the event...
Monterrey, Mex.- Former Pan-American Indy Lights (ILP), now called Formula de las Americas Championship goes for the first time to Pikes Peak International Raceway for Round 4, which will be held on May 20-21. The above Series will share the event with Nascar Craftsman Truck Series and Nascar Featherlite Southwest Series.
"During the announcement of the 2000 season, Pikes Peak International Raceway officials were very excited with the idea of hosting this top Mexican Series", said Stacey Jones, PPIR PR representative.
In 1998 the Formula de las Americas Championship was born and in those days was called Pan-American Indy Lights. Its maiden race was held that year in April, on the Monterrey circuit. In that event, the best Mexican drivers plus some Brazilian and Argentinean participated.
Brazilian Oswaldo Negri Jr. became the first Champion in the Series, winning the first prize, which was a free-full ride in one event of the Dayton Indy Lights Series last year, where he finished seventh.
Argentinean Waldemar Coronas grabbed the tittle in 1999 and this season already has two victories to his credit (Monterrey & Chihuahua), heading the championship with 62 points, meanwhile Mexican Gianfranco Cane has achieved 32 and is currently runner-up in the standings.
Formula de las Americas Championship is a great link for foreign drivers, mainly Latin American, who want to step up to Series such as Dayton Indy Lights, IRL or FedEx Championship Series, in the latter, Mexican Adrian Fernandez and Michel Jourdain Jr. are currently competing.
Mexican promoter, Filiberto Jimenez bought most of the ex-Indy Lights chassis (Lola T93-96/20), to take them to Mexico to be used in the Formula de las Americas Series. Now, all these cars are equal mechanically, with restricted gearing and sealed engines, in order to have a competitive and inexpensive Championship, where drivers from Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico currently participate under very competitive conditions.