England (16 January 05)—Renault Sport officials announced the creation
of the Pan American Formula Renault Championships this weekend at the
Autosport International show.
The Pan American Formula Renault Championships will host two
championships, with one utilizing the 2.0-liter Formula Renault
platform, and a second concurrent championship featuring the
high-technology Formula Renault V6. The eight-round Championship will
be contested in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
and Costa Rica.
The Championships are part of the structured Renault
ladder to Formula 1, with the 2.0 liter Formula Renault platform
providing the entry level for young racers, and the Formula Renault V6
being the next step up in speed and complexity.
“Renault has already established a solid industrial and commercial
activity in Latin America,” said Renault Sport Technologies
Competition and Communication Manager Jean-Paul Mari. “Today Renault
Sport is aiming to give a strong support to the Pan-American Series.
Not only technical but also a marketing one by providing to the V6
Pan-Am champion a fully sponsored season in the World Series by
Renault in 2006.”
“We believe that the FR V6 single seater-car,
developed by Renault Sport, while demonstrating high tech expertise
will became soon a showcase in the countries hosting the series,”
continued Mari. “It will stand as a unique opportunity to enhance a
dynamic image of Renault brand and products and consolidate the
position held by Renault Sport in this part of the world.”
The Pan American Formula Renault Championships will be managed by
Series Director Allen Berg, a former Formula 1 racer who also has
experience as a team owner.
“This is an exciting announcement to be making, as the Pan American
Formula Renault Championships are breaking new ground in terms of
providing value for the drivers and teams participating, and the cars
have already proven themselves on a global scale as being excellent
development tools for young drivers,” said Berg. “We are also excited
about the caliber of teams that have already purchased cars and who
are committed to campaigning both the 2.0 liter and V6 Championships,
and about the opportunities that being a ‘container series’ will
The series, which has no ties to any organization that has utilized
the Formula Renault chassis in any of the Pan American markets, is a
partnership between British businessman John Jakes and Renault Sport
"I feel very privileged to be working so closely with Renault Sport,
an organization with a passion for motorsport development, and I am
real fan of the V6,” said Jakes. “We raced throughout Europe alongside
this car, and I know how impressive they are when racing. The
appointment of Allen Berg as managing director ensures that the race
series is not only professional but also has the benefit of the hands
on experience of this much respected icon of the racing fraternity. I
spent some time in South America last year attending race meetings in
Brazil, Argentina and Mexico where the following and media focus was
astounding, it is enormous. I have no doubt as to the future success
of this series."
As a developmental category, the race weekend format is designed to
give the drivers not only plenty of seat time, but more importantly,
extensive experience in race conditions. The 2-liter Formula Renault
race weekends will feature three races-two sprint races and then a
feature race. The Formula Renault V6 drivers will get two races each
weekend. One race will be in the European fashion with a standing
start, and the other will utilize the American method of a rolling
There will be eight days of testing in advance of the season, and the
schedule has been designed to give drivers and teams one test day in
advance of each race weekend, as in-season testing is prohibited as
part of the cost-containment strategy of the series.
Renault is totally dedicated to the success of drivers participating
in the full ladder of Renault championships, and the prize structure
demonstrates their commitment to the future The prize structure for
the Championships are designed to promote the drivers who find success
and help them move up the motorsports ladder.
The winner of the Formula Renault V6 Championship will receive a
season of racing paid by Renault in the World Series by Renault, which
is the next step up the Renault ladder and contests the majority of
its races in Europe, and will also earn a test with a Formula 1 team.
The winner of the Formula Renault 2.0-liter Championship will win a
season of racing in the 2006 Pan American Formula Renault V6
Championship, paid for by PanAmerican Racing.
The 2.0-liter Formula Renault cars will be run with the
2004-specification, utilizing a revised aero package and producing 192
bhp. The Formula Renault V6 cars, which produce in excess of 370 bhp,
will be the same cars that were raced in Europe last season, and are
currently being rebuilt by Renault Sport, with deliveries available on
February 5th. The engines are guaranteed to run 6500 km between
rebuilds, and will be €75,000 for a pre-raced version, or €150,000 for
The series is intended to provide value to the drivers and teams
participating, and cost-containment is a central goal of the
Championships. In addition to the ban on in-season testing, the goal
of cost-containment will also be addressed by the series being
operated as a “container series,” meaning that Series organizers will
manage the logistics of transporting the cars from race to race. This
will allow a new generation of team owners to participate, as it
precludes the need for significant capital investment in many of the
elements (such as transporters or a shop) which were traditionally
required to operate a race team.
The budget for a 2.0-liter program is believed to be $225,000, with a
full season of Formula Renault V6 requiring $550,000.
The full season schedule is currently being finalized, and the series
is expected to make additional announcements in the coming weeks.
Prospective teams and drivers can find additional information at
contact Allen Berg directly toll-free at 1-866-230-2193 and via email
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