1600: Portland preview

FRAN-AM 1600 Series heads to Portland for second race. Aspen, Colorado (27/09/02) -- Competitors in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series are heading to Portland International Raceway this weekend for their second race. After...

FRAN-AM 1600 Series heads to Portland for second race.

Aspen, Colorado (27/09/02) -- Competitors in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series are heading to Portland International Raceway this weekend for their second race. After headlining the weekend's events during their inaugaural race in Mission, British Columbia, the 1600 series will share the weekend at Portland with other NASA series.

The six-week break since round one has found most teams spending valuable time testing and refining their race set-ups. Without a doubt, the three-car team from Conversion Techniques Motorsports who finished an impressive one, two, three (John Knudsen, Tim Barber and Darryl O'Young) at the first event, will find things a little more difficult this time around.

"We have been working hard to maintain our edge," stated O'Young, from Vancouver, Canada, "but we're sure that the others are working just as hard. Round 2 at Portland should be very exciting."

Like their 2-litre brothers, the Fran-Am 1600 series will also have an expanded car count on the grid in Portland. The series expects to have 2 or 3 more cars on the grid for the second race.

"The inaugural race for our 1600 series was a hard fought battle," said Arden Weatherford, Director of Operations for Fran-Am Sport. "The competition is stiff and crowd-pleasing. This is a trend of exciting racing we know will only continue to improve as the field of cars grows."

The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series is the first step on Fran-Am Sport's Driver Development Ladder, with drivers eventually making the jump to race in the Fran-Am 2000 Series. Each Fran-Am 1600 event features a $7000US prize fund with the overall series champion winning a brand-new Fran-Am 2000 car ready to race the next season

The Fran-Am 1600 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 5-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tim Barber , John Knudsen , Darryl O'Young