Two drivers invited to test IRL, Atlantic

(21/10/02) Aspen, Colorado -- Two drivers presently competing in the Fran-Am Championship series are involved in testing situations with a Toyota Atlantic and Indy Racing League team. One driver from the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro ...

(21/10/02) Aspen, Colorado -- Two drivers presently competing in the Fran-Am Championship series are involved in testing situations with a Toyota Atlantic and Indy Racing League team.

One driver from the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series has been invited to test with a front-running Toyota Atlantic team in the near future.  Meanwhile, a driver currently competing in the Fran-Am 1600 West Coast Championship series will test with an Indy Racing League team. One of Fran-Am's primary objectives is to help propel drivers to the top levels of motorsport. 

"We are obviously achieving our goals of allowing our best drivers to be noticed," said Arden Weatherford, Director of Operations for Fran-Am Sport. "Although the Fran-Am driver development system is designed to equip all of our drivers with the necessary tools to excel in the sport, some of them already possess many of those skills.  Above all we are proud to see any of our drivers get testing opportunities in such well-respected series."

Unfortunately, the names of the drivers can't be released since the tests are private and Fran-Am respects their rights to confidentiality.

The Fran-Am 1600 Regional Championship series is the first step in Fran-Am Sport's Driver Development program, with drivers eventually making the jump to race in the Fran-Am 2000 Series.  Each Fran-Am 1600 event features a $7000US prize fund with the overall series champion winning a brand-new Fran-Am 2000 car ready to race the next season. The Fran-Am 1600 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 1.6-liter/123-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 5-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.

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.

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