Series continues to expand as season winds down

The Fran-Am 2000 series has consistently enjoyed larger fields at every event in their inaugural season. "The continuously expanding car count is just another sign that the Fran-Am professional series is progressing in the right direction," ...

The Fran-Am 2000 series has consistently enjoyed larger fields at every event in their inaugural season.

"The continuously expanding car count is just another sign that the Fran-Am professional series is progressing in the right direction," said Arden Weatherford, Director of Operations for Fran-Am Sport. "It shows that people are noticing us and buying into Fran-Am. They know we have a first rate program, are serious about our racing series in North America and are here to stay."

American team Gelles Racing has expanded to a five-car team for Las Vegas after starting out with just one at the inaugural race in Vancouver. Team owner Robert Gelles announced last week that American Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Tom Dyer and Brazilian Formula Renault standout Danilo Durval will join Uruguay native Pedro Larriera, Canadian Michael Brooks and a still to be named driver behind the wheels of Gelles Racing entries. 

Halifax, Nova Scotia's Atlantic Racing Team has added one more car to their team for Las Vegas.  The yet-to-be announced driver will pair with current driver Lucas Strackerjan who sits fifth in the points standings. Other expected additions to the field include Dino Bruno from Los Angeles, California, a 2-car team from Houston, Texas and Sandy Dells Racing making their series debut.

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 in the 2003 Super Renault V6 series in Europe. 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.

For more information on the series visit www.fran-am.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa , Lucas Strackerjan , Tom Dyer
Teams Sauber