Phillips Motorsports driver evaluation test preview

Phillips Motorsports announces 'Driver Evaluation Test' in preparation for 2002 Fran-Am 2000 Championship Series Portland, OR (January 25, 2002) - Phillips Motorsports today announced that it will conduct a driver evaluation test for available...

Phillips Motorsports announces 'Driver Evaluation Test' in preparation for 2002 Fran-Am 2000 Championship Series

Portland, OR (January 25, 2002) - Phillips Motorsports today announced that it will conduct a driver evaluation test for available seats with its multi-car 2002 Fran-Am 2000 team. Testing will be held at Pahrump Raceway, which is located 60 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 10, 11, and 12, 2002.

"The Fran-Am Championship presents a terrific opportunity for today's aspiring drivers," said Pierre Phillips, owner of Phillips Motorsports. "The car offers a number of high-tech features including a carbon-fiber tub, six-speed sequential gearbox and no-lift shift. Its performance is very close to higher formulas, for a fraction of the operating budget. I believe this series is the perfect solution to the rising costs of modern open-wheel racing, and provides a proven platform for drivers seeking to advance their professional careers."

The Fran-Am car used for the test will feature all of the 2002-spec updates including new rear wing and undertray assemblies. Furthermore, the test will be limited to two drivers per day. Interested driver candidates should contact the team with a competition resume, list of current sponsors, and funds available for the 2002 season.

Formula Renault is recognized worldwide as a primary feeder for the Formula One stars of tomorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa.

The Fran-Am 2000 Championship, a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe and South America, begins its inaugural North American season this year with support from Michelin International. In addition, the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 series champion is guaranteed a fully-funded seat with a leading Formula Renault team for the 2003 European series.

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. Since gear sets are pre-determined, race weekend adjustments are basically limited to wings, spring rates, ride height, castor, camber and tire pressure. Each race begins with a standing start, and culminates after 50-60 miles.

Phillips Motorsports, Inc. is a year-round professional motorsports organization based in Portland, Oregon. The team's rich history in North American racing includes fielding cars for such notable drivers as Bobby Rahal, Patrick Carpentier, Anthony Lazzaro and Geoff Brabham, to name just a few.

Further information is available at www.phillipsmotorsports.com or www.fran-am.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Patrick Carpentier , Anthony Lazzaro , Felipe Massa , Geoff Brabham
Teams Sauber