Series has renewed focus on Canada

Vancouver, BC (April 4, 2003) -- The huge successes of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship and the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series have fortunately produced a deserving benefactor in Canada. "We recognize the...

Vancouver, BC (April 4, 2003) -- The huge successes of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship and the 2003 Fran-Am 2000 World Championship Winter Series have fortunately produced a deserving benefactor in Canada.

"We recognize the incredible passion for motor racing that exists in Canada as well as the huge, emerging pool of talented drivers that exists there," stated Thierry Burckhart, President and CEO of Fran-Am Sport. "For those reasons we are going to be focusing much of our attention on our Canadian operations in the future."

Fran-Am Sport has already announced a total of five premiere Canadian rounds for their Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series in 2003, including a separate five-race championship that will crown a Canadian Fran-Am 2000 Champion.

Adding to that commitment, they are presenting three Fran-Am 1600 Pro Championship series in the East, Central and Western regions of Canada featuring visits to the Air Canada F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, the ALMS race at Mosport, the Molson Indy in Montreal, plus two Grand-Am events at Mt. Tremblant and Mosport.

"We are truly excited about Fran-Am Sport's long-term commitment to Canada," commented Andrew Field, president of Fran-Am Sport's Canadian operations. "We have some fabulous young drivers entering our sport in this country and Fran-Am is poised to give all of them the greatest opportunities available. We have all the tools to find and develop the next World Champion from Canada."

In anticipation of a successful and busy season in Canada for 2003, Fran-Am Sport -- Canada Operations has expanded their staff accordingly. Kelly Duran has been named Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Canada. She makes the move after most recently heading up the public relations for last year's Fran-Am 2000 Pro Series and World Championship Winter series. Highly experienced Regional Race Directors and Administrators for each Canadian region have also come on board.

2002 saw the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series grow from eight entries at the inaugural event in Vancouver to 27 over the course of the season. In addition, Fran-Am's World Championship Winter Series grew even more to feature 36 drivers from 14 countries competing for the title. Fran-Am Sport -- Canada Operations expects the same level of success to follow the three Canadian Regional Fran-Am 1600 series as well as the premiere Pro Series events in Canada in 2003.

-www.fran-am.com.

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