Page

CART Testing

CART Photos

Scanner Frequencies

2002 Teams & Drivers

Dale Coyne Racing
Ricardo González
Roberto González

Fernandez Racing
Adrian Fernandez
Shinji Nakano

Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports
Mario Dominguez

Mo Nunn Racing
Tony Kanaan

Newman/Haas Racing
Cristiano da Matta
Christian Fittipaldi

PWR Championship Racing
Oriol Servia
Scott Dixon

Patrick Racing
Townsend Bell

Player's Forsythe Racing Team
Alexandre Tagliani
Patrick Carpentier

Sigma Autosports
Max Papis
???

Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
Bruno Junqueira
Kenny Brack

Team Kool Green
Paul Tracy
Dario Franchitti

Team Motorola Green
Michael Andretti

Team Rahal
Jimmy Vasser
Michel Jourdain Jr.

Walker Racing
Tora Takagi

Convert this page to
another language

 

 

Latest News and Commentary

Fran-Am series gears up for Montreal

August 21, 2002

Aspen, Colorado  – On the heels of a successful debut several weeks ago at the Molson Indy Vancouver, the Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship Series sponsored by Michelin International followed up with another high mark event at Mosport International Raceway, which featured more cars, more international drivers, and more competition throughout the field. Coming into the series’ third round at the Molson Indy Montreal this weekend, the Fran-Am series is poised to showcase its finest event yet, with even more competition from several new drivers and teams.

“We are extremely delighted with the success of our first two events,” said Andrew Field, President of Fran-Am Canada. “Both races were very close and action-packed, and the cars showed very well in their inaugural North American runs. We have some great teams and drivers running with us right now with an international field that stems to four different countries. We also generated a tremendous amount of interest from potential participants who had the opportunity to witness this exciting, world-class series firsthand.”

All Fran-Am Molson Indy Vancouver and Mosport Grand Prix participants are planning to compete at Montreal including Vancouver race winner Sean McIntosh of Coquitlam, BC, and Mosport winner Bruno Spengler, of St. Hippolyte, Quebec. Mosport second-place finisher Dan McMullen from Gormely, Ontario returns with his Phillips Motorsports teammate McIntosh. Additional cars for Montreal include entries from Condor Motorsports, Sandy Dells Racing, Bruno Racing and several cars from the TCS Racing French Formula Renault series.

“We’ve been taking orders for cars non-stop since the Vancouver race,” said Arden Weatherford, Fran-Am’s Director of Operations. “Montreal should be a very solid event for us as we anticipate additional entries from existing teams as well as several new teams joining the series. It’s a terrific opportunity for drivers to experience one of North America’s most prestigious race tracks, and to introduce them to a venue we will be participating at twice a year (with Formula One and CART) for the next five years.”

“These cars are just awesome,” said Lucas Strackerjan, of Nova Scotia, who finished fourth in his series debut at Vancouver and followed up with a fifth-place result at Mosport. “It’s easy to see why this series is so successful in Europe. We literally assembled our car right out of the box the day before practice in Vancouver and everything worked perfectly. They are very exciting to drive and we learn more about it with every on track session. We’re really looking forward to racing at Montreal.”

“I’m looking forward to getting another car for the rest of the season,” said Condor Motorsports’ Carlos Bobeda, who also fields a team in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. “The Fran-Am series fills a large void in racing’s ladder system by providing a cost-effective, professional approach to racing. The cars are a terrific value, the schedule has a number of marquee events, and we already have a host of drivers interested in running with us.”

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 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.

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.


Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

 

CART Editor's Desk

Is Paul Ricard in CART's future?

Attendance figures, what's in a number?

Is Brands Hatch suitable for Champ Cars?

An Unappealing Appeal, George reigns in GEORGE-town

A candid conversation with Chris Pook

More than meets the eye with CART's turbo move

It's time for CART to define its own future

Key upgrades at Road America

Back-Breaking work

The rebirth of CART

The hidden costs of Indy Car racing

CART's road and street circuits click with the fans

CART's road and street circuits are clicking with the fans

Is it sport, or a P.T. Barnum show?

IRL at Fontana - a victim of friendly fire

CART's 2003 race venues #1 in the world

Meet the Gonzalez brothers

ISC is making enemies in Miami

And the 2002 CART Champion will be...

A wakeup call for CART and the IRL

Chris Pook  making all the right moves

Promoting a race - Adelaide topped them all

AUTOCOURSE is THE CART Yearbook to have

Has anyone noticed?

Should CART race in Adelaide?

Remembering Bob Estes

2002 will be a critical year for Pook and for CART

Tongue-In-Cheek,  we take out the crystal ball again

CART & IRL - it's becoming clearer where we're going

What's the holdup on Pook?

Will CART get Shanghaied?

2002 CART season shaping up just fine

CART Franchise Board fails to ratify new engines

Is Ginger just what the doctored ordered for Alex Zanardi

Vannini plays hardball with Forsythe

Spotlight on Mexico City

Is Premier1 positioned where CART should be?

Has the Gonzalo Rodriguez lawsuit turned in CART's favor?

Jim Russell Advanced Racing Course - Learning to race

CART - a stranger in a strange land

German 500 - measuring the media impact

An in-depth interview with Jonathan Vannini

CART N/A Engine/Car Update

Comparing CART and F1

Vannini advocates major overhaul to rescue CART series

Engines - There,  that was easy,  now let's get on with the racing

Americans don't realize what they have in CART

A proposed solution to CART's engine dilemma

Ford Cosworth opens its doors

Bullish on CART

A German's first-time CART experience

My thoughts on a variety of CART issues - by Jon Vannini

AutoRacing1 Exclusive - Is Shanghai in CART's future?

As CART goes global,  what about its sponsors?

If Mexico City will get 350, 000,  would India get 400, 000?

The inevitable globalization of CART

New CART TV deal - don't put the CART before the horse

CART in China - Why Shanghai is the best venue

Rockingham is ready for CART.  Is CART ready for Rockingham?

Beating a dead horse.  Where's my fork?

Successful CART Venues - It takes two to tango

Setting the record straight on CART's German 500

Rebuilding CART from the grassroots up!

Could this be the break Gidley has been waiting for?

CART,  ALMS or NASCAR extravaganza weekends

A true global vision will serve CART well

A proposal for CART and IRL to coexist peacefully

The Triple Crown - a proposal for CART's success

650HP,  750HP,  850HP,  it doesn't seem to matter

e-mail us: contacts@autoracing1.com

Back to the top

AutoRacing1 is an independent internet online publication and is not affiliated with,  sponsored by,  or endorsed by CART Inc.,  NASCAR,  FIA,   FedEx,  Winston,  or any other series sponsor. This material may not be published,  broadcast,  or redistributed without permission. User agreement & disclaimer

Copyright 1999 - 2001,  AutoRacing1,  Inc.,  Hamilton,  NJ