Montreal, Canada, March 5, 2003 -- Fran-Am Sport -- the organization based in Aspen, Colorado that runs the North American Pro Fran-Am 2000 Championship as well as the various national and regional Fran-Am 2000 and 1600 series throughout North ...
Montreal, Canada, March 5, 2003 -- Fran-Am Sport -- the organization based in Aspen, Colorado that runs the North American Pro Fran-Am 2000 Championship as well as the various national and regional Fran-Am 2000 and 1600 series throughout North America -- has announced today that Round 11 of this year's North American Pro Championship will be staged October 11 and 12 in Mexico City as part of the ChampCar Mexico Gran Premio.
The race was originally scheduled to be run on October 3 to 5 on Virginia International Raceway's road course but Fran-Am Sport has come to an agreement with the Mexican Formula Renault 2000 race organizers. This change boosts the number of Pro Fran-Am 2000 races to be run with ChampCar events to five, the other four being the Denver Grand Prix and the three Canadian Molson Indys of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
Last year's edition of the Mexican race -- staged on the Hermanos Rodriguez road course downtown Mexico City -- was an instant success, attracting a record crowd of 175,000 spectators on race day and over 350,000 over the three days of the event.
"The North American Fran-Am 2000 Pro Championship has grown tremendously since last year and we are proud to showcase the talent of young, upcoming race car drivers in three different countries: United-States, Mexico and Canada," said Thierry Burckhart, President and CEO of Fran-Am Sport. "Our World Championship Winter Series held a month ago in Florida was an enormous success with the participation of 39 drivers from 14 different countries, including Mexico. The Pro Championship will have the same international flavor and will again present extremely exciting races. We are delighted to stage a race in Mexico in front of such a large crowd. Our championship is now truly a North American series."
The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship is a cousin of the many Formula Renault series that are run 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 fully paid ride in the Euro Cup Renault V-6 series in Europe. Recent Formula Renault graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya, and ChampCar drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Oriol Servia.
The Fran-Am 2000 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower engine, front and rear wings, a 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.