NA-F2000: Formation of West Coast Championship announcement

Zetec Championship announces formation of West Coast Championship and season-ending Shootout. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 9, 2002) -- The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today announced the formation of a West Coast Zetec Championship and a...

Zetec Championship announces formation of West Coast Championship and season-ending Shootout.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 9, 2002) -- The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today announced the formation of a West Coast Zetec Championship and a season-ending East vs. West Shootout.

The West Coast championship, tentatively titled The Zetec West Championship, will begin in early April of 2003. The championship will feature five doubleheader weekends at the Western United States premier race tracks, including one oval. The Zetec West Championship will run in conjunction with the current Zetec Championship based on the East Coast and will end in September. Following the completion of both championships, a season-ending East vs. West shootout will take place at a centrally located track in October, crowning a true National Champion. Further details will be announced in July of 2002, including the finalized Zetec West Championship schedule, which features three-year commitments with the race tracks.

The Zetec West Championship will use the same rules package as the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, giving drivers the opportunity to race in either championship. Both championships will continue to feature the Zetec class and the American Continental Championship, for SOHC powered cars, racing simultaneously for a separate points and prize fund.

The Zetec West Championship will be operated by Formula Motorsports and be based in Sonoma, Calif. The series will receive extensive support from Van Diemen International and Primus Racing.

"This is some very exciting news," said Bobby Oergel, president of PR1 Motorsports, a West Coast-based Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship team. "A lot of talented drivers on the West Coast have never had the opportunity to race in the championship, and this will definitely help change that. I also think by creating this championship, it will increase the exposure of this great series and showcase it to a whole new group of fans and drivers."

"The series has looked at this program for some time now," said Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship owner Jon Baytos. "At times it appeared the championship would never take place, but Thanks to Mr. Ralph Firman at Van Diemen International and his support, the Zetec West Championship has become a reality. I am very excited to be able to offer the West Coast drivers and teams, the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec package at the same level that the East Coast has enjoyed. There are a lot of exciting and accomplished teams on the West Coast and I am looking forward to working with them."

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