Marc Antoine-Camirand Montreal preview

Montreal, Quebec, Canada (August 23, 2002) ­ Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, will compete in this weekend¹s third round of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series at the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit ...

Montreal, Quebec, Canada (August 23, 2002) ­ Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, will compete in this weekend¹s third round of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series at the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Camirand joins with Gelles Racing in the #96 Bombardier/Gelles Racing entry.

³I¹m very excited about racing in Montreal again,² said Camirand, who last won at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in 1997 when he competed in the Formula Ford 1600 series. ³This is a great opportunity to race in front of my hometown and I hope to do well for my friends, family and people from Bombardier who will be with us this weekend. I haven¹t competed in a Fran-Am car yet, but I believe in its international formula which emphasizes driver ability. I¹m happy to be with Gelles Racing and am looking forward to a great race in front of a terrific Montreal crowd.²

Last weekend, Camirand competed at the Mosport Grand Prix in the American Le Mans Series race, where he finished third in the LMP 675 class with Archangel Motorsports. At Trois-Rivieres just three weeks ago, he finished second with Archangel in the same car.

This weekend¹s Fran-Am 2000 race at the Molson Indy Montreal begins with a practice and qualifying session today, followed by another round of practice and qualifying tomorrow. The 35-minute race is scheduled for 9:05 am ET on Sunday, August 25.

The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship is a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe, South America and China. Each Fran-Am 2000 race features a $25,000 Michelin International supported cash prize fund, with the overall series champion winning a ride with a leading Formula Renault team for the 2003 European series. Formula Renault is recognized worldwide as a primary feeder for the Formula One stars of tomorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen (who went straight to Formula One from Formula Renault) as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa.

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 Kimi Raikkonen , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber