1600: Willow Springs preview

Vancouver, BC (May 22, 2003) -- After a competitive and exciting weekend of racing at Arizona Motorsports Park for round one, competitors in both the Fran-Am 2000 and Fran-Am 1600 USA West series head to Willow Springs Raceway this weekend for a...

Vancouver, BC (May 22, 2003) -- After a competitive and exciting weekend of racing at Arizona Motorsports Park for round one, competitors in both the Fran-Am 2000 and Fran-Am 1600 USA West series head to Willow Springs Raceway this weekend for a doubleheader.

Round one race winners Dino Bruno and Darryl O'Young will be looking to extend their points lead in the 2000 and 1600 series respectively. That goal, however, will not be easily attained with several drivers nipping at their heels.

In the Fran-Am 1600 race, the driver to watch might just be 15-year-old karting sensation Brad Coleman in the Worldspeed Motorsports entry. After finishing third in his first formula car start, Coleman will be looking to take a step up the podium during this weekend doubleheader.

"Brad is a fine example of why Fran-Am has made the 1600 series available to 14 and 15-year-old drivers," said Steve Henry, Fran-Am USA West Series Director. "He has displayed an incredible ability to be consistently fast with a great deal of composure. I expect to see this kid in the big leagues in a few years and I am glad we were the series to give him his start."

On the 2000 side look for the Knudsen Racing entry of Richard Biscevic to be chasing Bruno hard for the top spot. Knudsen Racing will also field two entries in the 1600 race with Brian Frisselle and John Knudsen behind the wheel.

Each Fran-Am 1600 Regional Series features a per race prize fund of US$10,400 with the overall Fran-Am 1600 USA Champion winning a brand new Fran-Am 2000 racecar complete with 22 sets of Michelin race tires and an XAP data acquisition system, which the winner will race in 2004 in the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship in order to further his/her racing career.

The Fran-Am 2000 USA West and USA East series each feature a per race prize fund of US$17,000 with the overall Fran-Am 2000 USA Champion winning the opportunity to compete a doubleheader weekend in the Formula Renault V6 series in Europe.

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. The Fran-Am 2000 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Brad Coleman , John Knudsen , Richard Biscevic , Darryl O'Young , Brian Frisselle