Race City Motorsport Park added to 2002 schedule

Fran-Am adds Calgary's Race City to 2002 schedule. Aspen, CO (April 3, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport today announced that the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series will run at the CASCAR Mopar Parts 300 weekend at Race City Motorsport...

Fran-Am adds Calgary's Race City to 2002 schedule.

Aspen, CO (April 3, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport today announced that the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series will run at the CASCAR Mopar Parts 300 weekend at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, July 21. The Fran-Am championship race will take place on Race City's 2.0-mile road course.

"We're truly excited about adding this event to our 2002 schedule," said Andrew Field, President of Fran-Am Canada. "CASCAR and Race City have always been a pleasure to work with, and this race will be another terrific event. It also sets our teams up with a logical route to the Molson Indy Vancouver for the following weekend."

"It's great to see our schedule officially taking shape," said Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Sport's Director of Operations. "CASCAR has welcomed us with open arms and we're delighted to be a part of their shows at Mosport and now, Race City. What's important is that we have a schedule coming together, a $25,000 cash purse at each race, and a guaranteed ride in Europe for the championship winner. Everything is coming together nicely, and we're working diligently to make a few more race dates official in the next couple of weeks."

Other official race dates confirmed so far for the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship include the Molson Indy Vancouver on Saturday, July 27, CASCAR at Mosport on June 14-16, Mid-America Motorplex on September 6-8, and the series finale at Firebird International Raceway on December 1.

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. 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 entire 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. American Pat Long is competing in the 2002 British Formula Renault series with Raikkonen's 2000 championship-winning Manor Motorsports team.

The Fran-Am 2000 race car is the same car that currently competes in Formula Renault around the world, and 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. The spec nature of the series has proven to keep operating costs to a minimum, while providing a level playing field to all competitors. Since gear sets are pre-determined, race weekend adjustments are basically limited to wings, spring rates, ride height, castor, camber and tire pressure. When permitted, races begin with a standing start and run for a 50-mile duration. To date, more than 400 such cars are currently competing in the Formula Renault series worldwide.

Further information on the Fran-Am series is available at www.fran-am.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber