SCCA Pro Racing to sanction Fran-Am 2000 Series

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (May 17, 2002) SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. today announced that it will sanction the United States rounds of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series, with the Canadian rounds being co-sanctioned with ASN ...

SCCA Pro Racing to sanction Fran-Am 2000 Series

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (May 17, 2002) SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. today announced that it will sanction the United States rounds of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series, with the Canadian rounds being co-sanctioned with ASN Canada.

"We're happy to help the Fran-Am series get off and running with their inaugural season," said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager.

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 racecar features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor, six-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. Where permitted, races begin with a standing start and run for a 50-mile duration.

The 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series schedule will feature appearances at the Molson Indy Vancouver, Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park, the new Mid-America Motorplex, Las Vegas and Firebird International Raceway. Additional races will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

-scca/scca pro racing-

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