Watkins Glen/Las Vegas added to schedule

Fran-Am adds Watkins Glen and Las Vegas to 2002 schedule Aspen, CO (April 4, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport today announced that the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series has landed a date at Watkins Glen International in conjunction with...

Fran-Am adds Watkins Glen and Las Vegas to 2002 schedule

Aspen, CO (April 4, 2002) -- Fran-Am Sport today announced that the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series has landed a date at Watkins Glen International in conjunction with the Grand American Sports Car Grand Prix weekend on June 21-23. In addition, the Fran-Am 2000 series will join with the Fran-Am 1600 NASA weekend in Las Vegas on October 27.

"Watkins Glen has such a rich history of racing, and we are proud to join with the Grand-Am series for this great weekend," said Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am Sport's Director of Operations. "We've also finalized a double-header event in Las Vegas, featuring the Fran-Am 2000 as well as the Fran-Am 1600 series. We feel that we've assembled a schedule with a solid mix of events, and look forward to locking in more dates 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 16 as well as at Calgary's Race City on July 21, Mid-America Motorplex on September 8, and the series finale at Firebird International Raceway on December 1.

The Fran-Am 2000 Championship, a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe, South America and China, 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 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.

<pre> 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Schedule:

June 16         Mosport International Raceway           CASCAR
June 23         Watkins Glen International              Grand-Am
July 21         Race City Motorsport Park               CASCAR
July 28         Molson Indy Vancouver                   CART
Sept. 8         Mid-America Motorplex                   Feature
October 27      Las Vegas                               Feature
December 1      Firebird International Raceway          Feature

- www.fran-am.com

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