CONCORD, N.C. -- MK Racing, selected by the Indy Racing League in May to be one of three manufacturers for the 2003-05 generation of chassis, will supply Indy cars under the name "Falcon Cars", the company announced Aug. 13. Owned by Michael...
CONCORD, N.C. -- MK Racing, selected by the Indy Racing League in May to be one of three manufacturers for the 2003-05 generation of chassis, will supply Indy cars under the name "Falcon Cars", the company announced Aug. 13.
Owned by Michael Kranefuss and Ken Anderson, who together have almost seven decades of experience at all levels of racing, Falcon Cars will be designed and manufactured at the company's dedicated 25,000 square foot facility in Concord, N.C. Falcon Cars will concentrate exclusively on the IRL for the next three years.
"We are establishing Falcon Cars in an extremely competitive racing environment and recognize we must focus all of our resources to produce the best car -- period," said Kranefuss. "We are also committed to setting new standards in providing the highest level of technical support and customer service."
Kranefuss retired from Ford Motor Company after 25 years of service at the end of 1993 as the head of Ford's worldwide racing programs. From 1994 until 2002, Kranefuss competed as an owner in the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch series.
Internationally renowned designer Ken Anderson, the Technical Director of Falcon Cars, has demonstrated success in everything from Indy cars to Formula 1 to the Baja 1000. He has reassembled the key people that assisted him in designing the 1997 G Force Indy car, which won both the 1997 Indy 500 with Arie Luyendyk and the 1997 IRL Championship with Tony Stewart.
"We have put together a tremendous group of people for this project, and have received invaluable support from our technical partners," said Anderson. "Our facility is second to none when it comes to the latest in technology, software and production equipment."
"The core personnel at Falcon Cars have a history of success, and have all worked together on previous similar projects," continued Kranefuss. "This familiarity, along with the most advanced technology and processes, will enable Falcon Cars to produce a competitive racecar in time and in quantities demanded by the marketplace. What would ordinarily be a tight time frame for most racecar manufacturers turns out to be a manageable task."
"Falcon Cars' technical partners have been critical in helping build a state-of-the- art facility from the ground up," said Anderson. "Without their enthusiastic support, meeting our objectives and deadlines would have been much more difficult. Industry-leading companies in the fields of CAD software, CAM software, CFD analysis, computer hardware, CNC machines, composite manufacturing, and rapid prototyping have all come through for us. What we are building is truly world class -- certainly the premier racecar engineering facility in the United States."