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Atlantic, F2000, F1600 Registrations Trend Up for New Season

Salem, NH – With just over a month until the Formula Race Promotions season opener at VIRginia International Raceway, Series registrations for the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 seasons for drivers are well ahead of 2016 levels.

Utilizing a new registration system from USAC Racing in addition to a completely revamped schedule, and lower entry fee costs for F2000 and F1600, more drivers are securing their car numbers and committing to both the full season and select weekends.

“A better registration system and a much better schedule with more variety and more spectator weekends, with our usual amount of track time, are contributing to increased interest levels heading into the 2017 racing season,” commented FRP co-owners Al Guibord and Robert Wright.

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FRP Announces VIR Opening Event Format

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) will kick off the 2017 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 seasons with a huge spectator event at VIR. The opening weekend for the USAC-sanctioned Championships is now set to run over four days, from Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30.

FRP joins the Pirelli World Challenge, also sanctioned by USAC Racing, at VIR for this major event weekend, with official practice sessions kicking off on Thursday morning. All three FRP Series will roll onto the track on fresh Hoosier Racing rubber.

“Our competitors asked for bigger events in 2017, so we responded by adding three of them,” said Bob Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners of Formula Race Promotions. “We are partnering with Pirelli World Challenge at VIR, SVRA at Indy, and for the season finale with Trans-Am at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Three spectator events rounds out a full seven weekend season of racing with an exceptional amount of total track time.”

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Rob Allaer Targets F2000 Title Run

Salem, NH – Add another fast driver and team combination to the front of the 2017 F2000 Championship Series field as Rob Allaer and LTD Motorsports confirmed today they would run a full season assault on the seven-weekend USAC-sanctioned Formula Race Promotions Series.

“Every single year in F2000 the field is strong top to bottom,” said Allaer, who won the 2014 National Championship Runoffs. “We know there will be weekends when things will go very well, and there will be weekends when things won’t, but the key is to stay level-headed and stay focused on what we want to accomplish.”

With less than two months until the season opener with Pirelli World Challenge at VIR, April 28-30, the F2000 field is becoming stronger by the day.

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FRP Opens Online Registration for 2017 Season

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) and USAC Racing today opened their new and improved online registration system for the much-anticipated 2017 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, with just under three long months before the first race of the year at VIR.

Competitors can go to www.FRPLicense.com for a USAC Racing license application and www.FRPEntry.com to register their car online for the seven-weekend season or to register on a per-race basis.

If a competitor holds a valid competition license from another recognized sanctioning body, there will be no charge for the new USAC license.

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Tim Paul Signs for 2017 F2000 Championship Series Season

Salem, NH – The F2000 Championship Series grid is quickly filling out for a highly anticipated 2017 season as former dirt-track driver Tim Paul has signed to return to F2000 competition in the No. 06 Screaming Monkey Racing/CellMark Paper entry prepared by Momentum Motorsports.

Paul has previously run both full-season and partial campaigns in F2000 competition in his trademark green and orange Van Diemen, and is now back for all seven double-race weekends in the USAC Racing-sanctioned F2000 Series.

“We’re back! This is a full time chase for the 2017 Championship until we’ve won or we’re mathematically out of it,” said Paul. “I can’t wait.”

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FRP, USAC and Hoosier Launch 2017-2018 Marketing Platform

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP), the promoter of the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, together with USAC Racing and Hoosier Racing Tire, have launched their 2017-2018 marketing and branding platform: Affordable. Competitive. Racing. The season begins at VIR, April 28-30.

“We’re creating a clear link with our partners to promote our three Series, which all offer a value proposition. Our marketing program is rolling out across the motorsports landscape, including the oval track community,” said Robert Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners of Formula Race Promotions.

A new ad campaign has launched globally and FRP, with the support of new sanctioning body USAC and tire supplier Hoosier, will for the first time heavily market to aspiring young drivers currently competing on asphalt and dirt ovals across the United States.

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Brandon Dixon Set to Build on Break-Out 2016 Season

When Brandon Dixon crossed the line first at New Jersey Motorsports Park in August to score his debut F2000 Championship Series victory, he called it a four-year journey. That odyssey began in 2012, when he started building and preparing his F2000 Championship entry, and as the 2017 opener at VIR nears, the veteran driver is one of the early favorites for a Championship run.

With a solid background campaigning a F1000 Citation chassis, including two National Championships, Dixon started building his F2000 car between 2012 and 2013.

His first event out was a shakedown of sorts – 900 miles from his Alabama home – at the June Sprints in June of 2015.

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USAC to Sanction Atlantic, F2000, F1600

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) announced today that the United States Auto Club (USAC) will sanction the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series for 2017 and beyond. The new sanctioning agreement will provide a seamless transition of licensing and credentialing for FRP competitors.

“We’re excited to be aligning with USAC for our future,” said Bob Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners of Formula Race Promotions. “After months of talks with USAC, we felt they were the best choice for our current competitors and future drivers and teams. They are an organization with a long and proud history, and we’re honored to be among their road racing Championships. On another note, we’d like to thank SCCA Pro Racing for their 11 year partnership and wish them the best in their own endeavors in junior open-wheel racing.”

“USAC is returning to our roots with the addition of road course racing in 2017. I am excited with our new FRP partnership and look forward to growing the sport together,” added Kevin Miller, president and CEO, USAC.

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F2000: Bamford’s Title Season

Salem, NH – Steve Bamford found his way to the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2011, made his F2000 Championship debut at the end of 2012, and worked on improving each weekend – culminating in a dominating 2016 season that saw him win the F2000 Championship in the No. 7 Rice Race Prep Citation.

It was four years ago in October that Bamford, from Toronto, Ontario, made his debut in a Van Diemen in a cold weekend at Watkins Glen – finishing 30th and 20th in his debut.

“I found my way to F2000 via the F1600 Series,” said Bamford. “I ran for a partial season in F1600 and loved the big fields in F2000 and the winged cars. I found Remy Audette’s (2011 Champion) car available for sale and decided if I was going to run F2000 that was the car to have.”

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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Drivers Set for Mazda Shootout

Salem, NH – Drivers representing Formula Race Promotions’ (FRP) F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series have stamped their tickets to the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout.

Ryan Norman (Atlantic), John McCusker (F2000) and Peter Portante (F1600) earned tickets through Formula Race Promotions, while Neil Verhagen won the F1600 Championship but had previously earned his entry through his dominating win at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

The winner of the Shootout will receive a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda to join the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017.

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Verhagen, Reid and Grant Win on Sunday at VIR

Alton, VA – Neil Verhagen, Bob Reid and David Grant won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway to close out the 2016 Formula Race Promotions season.

F1600

Neil Verhagen capped his F1600 Formula F Championship Series 2016 season with a Sunday morning victory at VIRginia International Raceway. The No. 3 K-Hill Motorsports driver underscored his Championship-winning season with a last lap pass for the win at VIR, taking the victory by .011 seconds head of Calvin Ming with Peter Portante finishing third in another K-Hill car.

“It was about race strategy to put myself in the best position for the end of the race,” said Verhagen, who also won Friday’s race at VIR.

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Verhagen Wins on Friday at VIR

Alton, VA – Neil Verhagen won an exciting Friday evening F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway. After taking the white flag three wide, K-Hill’s Verhagen emerged to win by a few car lengths after a race-long all-green-flag battle among four cars on the F1600 Championship finale weekend in Virginia. It is one step closer to the title for the F1600 points leader. Kaylen Frederick and Phillippe Denes followed for Team Pelfrey.

“I made a move on Phillippe on the last lap. I looked back on the straight and saw him and Kaylen battling, so I had the gap,” said Verhagen, who drives the No. 3 K-Hill Mygale/Honda and is coming off a dominating victory at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. “It’s been a great week.”

Frederick led a handful of laps for Team Pelfrey in the No. 80 PilotONE Racing entry, and finished second by mere inches to teammate Denes.

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Portante, McCusker and Norman Win at VIR on Saturday

Alton, VA – Peter Portante, John McCusker and Ryan Norman won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Saturday morning at VIRginia International Raceway. In addition, Neil Verhagen won the F1600 Formula F Championship Series title with a strong second place finish.

F1600

Another close F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway saw Peter Portante claim the victory by inches in penultimate round of the 2016 season. Neil Verhagen clinched the 2016 title with a second place finish. Portante fought off K-Hill Motorsports teammate Verhagen and Phillippe Denes, of Team Pelfrey, in a three-car fight to the checkered flag coming off turn 17 at VIR.

“It was obviously a good race,” said Portante, who drives the No. 24 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda. “Everything was good, the car was good per usual. I’m super happy with the result. If we can’t cross the line three-wide it’s not really an F1600 race.”

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Verhagen, Bamford and Grant Win on Saturday at Pittsburgh

Wampum, PA – Neil Verhagen, Steve Bamford and David Grant won on Saturday afternoon in the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series, respectively, at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in the Formula Race Promotions Weekend.

F1600
K-Hill’s Neil Verhagen won by .002 seconds in the first F1600 Formula F Championship Series race of the weekend at Pittsburgh in a drag race from turn 18 to the finish line alongside Kaylen Frederick. It was a race-long battle among six cars that came down to the wire in traditional Formula F style, and a big points day for Verhagen, who sits second in the standings.

“It was a great last lap with Kaylen. The whole race was great with Kaylen, he is good to race with. But I need to give it to K-Hill for giving me a great car this weekend and Tonis Kasemets and my mechanic Scott for putting it together. I saw the nosecone just the slightest bit in front of him and that is when I knew it was mine,” said Verhagen.
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Verhagen, Bamford and Grant Win on Saturday at Pittsburgh

Wampum, PA – Neil Verhagen, Steve Bamford and David Grant won on Saturday afternoon in the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series, respectively, at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in the Formula Race Promotions Weekend.

F1600

K-Hill’s Neil Verhagen won by .002 seconds in the first F1600 Formula F Championship Series race of the weekend at Pittsburgh in a drag race from turn 18 to the finish line alongside Kaylen Frederick. It was a race-long battle among six cars that came down to the wire in traditional Formula F style, and a big points day for Verhagen, who sits second in the standings.

“It was a great last lap with Kaylen. The whole race was great with Kaylen, he is good to race with. But I need to give it to K-Hill for giving me a great car this weekend and Tonis Kasemets and my mechanic Scott for putting it together. I saw the nosecone just the slightest bit in front of him and that is when I knew it was mine,” said Verhagen.

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Portante, Bamford and Norman Lead Practice at PittRace

Wampum, PA – Peter Portante, Steve Bamford and Keith Grant led Friday practice in the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series, respectively, with each Series getting two full 30-minute sessions at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

F1600

The fastest lap of the day in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series came in the afternoon session as K-Hill Motorsports driver Peter Portante led the way with a time of 1:46.818, four tenths up on Team Pelfrey’s Phillippe Denes, the Championship points leader.

Portante is coming off a strong weekend at Mid-Ohio that saw him return to victory lane, while Denes held onto his points lead and looks to do the same ahead of the triple-header weekend at Pittsburgh.

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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Sunday Mid-Ohio Recap

Lexington, OH – Calvin Ming, John LaRue and Ryan Norman won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Neil Verhagen won the second F1600 race later in the day.

F1600 Morning Race

Calvin Ming prevailed in round 11 of the 2016 F1600 Formula F Championship Series, taking the victory on Sunday morning at Mid-Ohio ahead of Team Pelfrey teammate Phillippe Denes and K-Hill’s Peter Portante.

“The race was good from the start. We tried to stay in the lead pack and in the end it worked out. It was a good battle with the front group and I can’t thank Team Pelfrey enough,” said Ming.

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Bamford and Grant Lead Friday Practice

Alton, VA – Steve Bamford led practice in both F1600 and F2000 while Keith Grant was fastest in Atlantic practice on Friday at VIRginia International Raceway for the third Formula Race Promotions event of the 2016 season.

F1600

Trenton Estep lead opening F1600 Formula F Championship Series practice by .032 seconds over Road Atlanta victor Peter Portante, one of two 30-minute F1600 practice sessions held on Friday at VIR. Estep’s Exclusive Autosport teammate Ben Auriemma led opening practice from Watkins Glen earlier this year. Estep’s lap checked in at 1:59.170..

Watkins Glen winners Calvin Ming and Phillippe Denes were third and fourth respectively, ahead of a strong performance from Hans Ada in the No. 33 ahead of the triple-header race weekend for F1600 at VIR.

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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic VIR Preview

Salem, NH – June 3-5 will see Virginia International Raceway, known to the world as VIR, host a full weekend of racing action for the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. F1600 will see a traditional triple-race weekend format, while F2000 and Atlantic will each have two races.

F1600

The F1600 Formula F Championship Series has a new points leader heading into VIR in Team Pelfrey’s Phillippe Denes, who became the only driver in F1600 history to win more than one race over the three-race weekend format, with Denes taking two thrilling victories at Watkins Glen in May.

Denes’ teammate Ming took the other available win at the Glen, and Pelfrey expands to thee cars, welcoming the addition of Kaylen Frederick in a third car. Frederick was fast in winter exhibition races in Florida and will see out the season in the No. 80 Mygale/Honda.

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Watkins Glen F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Sunday Report

Watkins Glen, NY – Calvin Ming, Steve Bamford, and Ryan Norman won Sunday F1600, F2000 and Atlantic races at Watkins Glen International, while Phillippe Denes took top honors in the third and final F1600 race of the weekend.

F1600 Morning Race

Calvin Ming won the morning F1600 race at Watkins Glen on Sunday in the No. 82 Team Pelfrey Mygale, leading the final two laps of the timed event to the checkered flag ahead of Neil Verhagen and Saturday winner Phillippe Denes in an action-packed round five of the 2016 season. Steve Bamford won the Masters Class with a fourth place finish, ahead of Max Mallinen in fifth place.
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Mallinen, Bamford and Grant Take Wins at Road Atlanta

Braselton, GA – Max Mallinen, Steve Bamford and Keith Grant won in the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series races on Sunday at Road Atlanta as part of the Formula Race Promotions season-opening 2016 event weekend.

F1600 Race 3

Ten cars were in a position to win round three of the 2016 F1600 Series on the last lap at Road Atlanta, with Max Mallinen playing race craft to his advantage to take his first career victory to close out the weekend ahead of Steve Bamford and Calvin Ming.

“It’s been an interesting weekend, and I’m happy to end it on top,” said Mallinen, who drives the No. 10 Spectrum for Swan Motorsports. “I ate the wall a bit in qualy on Saturday and had to start last in the first race. Coming into the last lap I was in second and I knew I could pull a draft on the back stretch.”
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Portante, Verhagen, Bamford and Norman Win at Road Atlanta

Braselton, GA – Peter Portante, Steve Bamford and Ryan Norman took the first wins of the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series 2016 on Saturday afternoon from Road Atlanta, while the second of three F1600 races saw Neil Verhagen drive to the victory later in the day. All three Series have single races scheduled for Sunday for the season-opening Formula Race Promotions event weekend.

F1600 Race 1


In what is shaping up to be another big year for the 21-race F1600 Series, Peter Portante, who started from pole, went from third to first on the last lap of Road Atlanta to win the season opener in his K-Hill Motorsports Mygale.

“These guys are nuts,” said Portante, who won on his Series debut. “The draft was insane. I tried to break away but everyone became friends to catch me.”

Team Pelfrey’s Phillippe Denes finished second while Steve Bamford won the Masters Class with a third place finish for Rice Race Prep. Denes was just inches behind the race winner, while Bamford also led laps and was leading when the white flag came out.

“We almost had it,” added Denes, “it was a close race.”

A solid drive from Neil Verhagen produced a fourth place finish for K-Hill, and the fastest lap of the race which put him on pole for the second race of the day and earned him Championship bonus points.

Calvin Ming completed the top five for Team Pelfrey just ahead of Swan Motorsports driver Max Mallinen, who charged from 17th to sixth over the course of 19 green-flag laps on a cool spring day at Road Atlanta.

The race saw the lead group go from 10 cars to seven as the laps wound down, but it was a usual F1600-style battle with multiple lead changes among the leaders by the lap.

Of note, Exclusive’s Ben Auriemma finished seventh while teammate Trenton Estep led early but was forced to retire.

While Bamford won the Masters Class, it was Douglas Voss and Mike Scanlan in second and third in class.

F1600 Race 2

After falling back to eighth in the opening portion of the second F1600 race of the day, Neil Verhagen caught the lead group with a series of fast laps and pulled off the win with a last lap move, taking his maiden F1600 Series victory in just his second start. Peter Portante and Steve Bamford completed the podium.

“We got a bad start, but I need to thank K-Hill for all the work, the car was phenomenal,” said Verhagen, of his No. 3 Mygale, who tracked down the lead group from more than four seconds behind.

Portante, after winning the earlier race, settled for second and pulls out an early lead in the F1600 Championship standings, although there are 19 races left.

“It was pretty different than the first race,” said Portante, who had also tracked down the lead group from four-plus seconds out, and went from fifth to first at one point in the race in 13 corners. “I had to work my way forward. Once I got to the front, I wanted to be second going on the last lap. I set it up on the second to last lap but no one took the bait.”

Three hours after winning the F2000 race, Bamford settled for third in F1600, winning the Masters Class.

“It was fun out there,” Bamford said. “Everyone was pretty tough but fair. I was leading out of turn 10-b, I had a chance.”

Team Pelfrey’s Phillippe Denes dominated the early portion of the race and finished fourth in the yellow Team Pelfrey Mygale, just .011 seconds behind Bamford. Teammate Calvin Ming was fifth.

It was also an encouraging run for Exclusive’s Trenton Estep, who bounced back from an earlier DNF to finish sixth.

F2000 Race 1

Steve Bamford passed John McCusker for the lead, and then battled with him and Brandon Dixon for a number of laps before separating to take his second career F2000 Championship Series victory, with this win coming in an exciting season opener at Road Atlanta. Dixon would go on to finish second followed by McCusker in third.

“It was enjoyable,” said Bamford, who started seventh in the No. 07 Rice Race Prep entry. “I need to thank the team, we had a broken differential after qualifying. I wasn’t sure we were going to make the race. I was sitting in the car when they were putting the side pods on. We made it to grid at the three minute warning.”

Dixon said: “It’s the first time we are on the overall podium, we are really making progress. This car is a ton better than it was last year.”

The race saw a number of key developments among what turned into a tussle among McCusker’s Van Diemen and the Citations of Bamford and Dixon and a heavy battle for the race lead among the three drivers. David Grant was a spectator from fourth place for the majority of the race, briefly challenging McCusker.

With the green flag out at the start, McCusker got the jump on Dixon from the outside of the front row, taking the lead with Dixon falling back to fourth behind Grant’s Polestar Spectrum and Beasley’s Legacy Autosport Mygale.

“We got a great start and got the lead,” said McCusker. “The car developed a push and the track got greasy, I had to tone it down a bit.”

That lead lasted three laps as 2015 F2000 Series Champion Beasley found his way to the lead, but McCusker wasn’t surrendering as the two drivers battled. Beasley, however, would pit soon after and eventually retired to the paddock with a suspected mechanical issue.

That left McCusker with a narrow lead on Bamford, who closed on him along with Dixon, as a three-car battle started and progressed for a number of laps with just a few tenths over the trio that was running wheel-to-wheel at the high-speed Road Atlanta.

With six laps to go Bamford was able to pull out a safe gap, aided by Dixon’s continuing attack on McCusker for second place. As those two completed the podium, Grant finished fourth as multiple-time National Champion Dave Weitzenhof rounded out the top five, explaining that the car had more potential in it once he works out some over-steer issues.

Atlantic Race 1

Eighteen year old Ryan Norman led flag-to-flag, from pole, to win the first race of the 2016 Atlantic Championship Series season at Road Atlanta. Norman held off an early challenge from reigning 2015 Series Champion Keith Grant, before Grant retired with a mechanical failure. Lee Alexander and Bruce Hamilton completed the Atlantic podium.

“It was a good race, we had a little over-steer but I tried to stay consistent. It’s a great start to the season and K-Hill gave me a great car,” said Norman.

Norman took the lead on the start in his No. 48 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda, but had his hands more than full with Grant, who stayed glued to Norman for the opening laps before white smoke from the back of his No. 40 put an end to his day.

Behind the lead battle, Alexander, driving for Comprent, spent the opening laps of the race behind Zober before he made a move on the Series veteran for third overall, and was promoted to second when Grant was forced to retire his Swift 016/Mazda.

“We had a gearbox issue in qualifying and it was a scramble to make the start,” said Alexander. “I saw cars dropping out in front of me and I’m just happy to finish in second.”

Comprent’s Zober didn’t fall behind Alexander too much, however, as he stayed right with his teammate, also having to deal with a racy Bruce Hamilton, who won the Atlantic Challenge class with his run in the K-Hill Swift 014/Toyota.

Zober was looking to complete the podium in third before he was forced to pit road with an issue with just a handful of laps left in the race. He has traditionally run well at Road Atlanta and hopes to improve during Sunday’s race, round two of a 14-race Atlantic season.

Completing the top five were Johnpaul Ciancimino and Lewis Cooper Jr. The race ran to its full distance and was run without a full course caution.

Full results from all sessions are available on www.F1600Series.com,www.F2000Series.com, and www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com.

Photos:

1. Peter Portante
2. Neil Verhagen
3. Steve Bamford leads
4. Ryan Norman

On the Web:
F1600: www.F1600Series.com | Facebook | Twitter
F2000: www.F2000Series.com | Facebook | Twitter
Atlantic: www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com | Facebook | Twitter

About Formula Race Promotions:
Formula Race Promotions (FRP) operates the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. Starting with F2000 in 2006, FRP added F1600 in 2011 and Atlantic in 2012. The Series’ philosophy is to offer a vertical integration between club and professional racing, while offering some of the best race tracks and significant amounts of track time in single-class running. The 2016 schedule is composed of two winter events and seven-points paying weekends. FRP is privately owned and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing.

Sources: Monty Mathisen/MathisenMedia

F1600, F2000, Atlantic Set for Road Atlanta Opener

Salem, NH – F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Series competitors are set for their 2016 Formula Race Promotions season opener at Road Atlanta this weekend, April 7-10. Returning drivers are set to battle with the latest set of rookies, with all three categories showing strength heading into the first of seven weekends.

F1600

An entirely new set of talent will run three F1600 races in the season-opening tripleheader at Road Atlanta. A strong entry list is also a new entry list, with only one returning driver with wins in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series – Steve Bamford. Calvin Ming, however, will be back with Team Pelfrey and swept the winter exhibition events in Florida this past February.

Among other returning drivers are Will Harvey and Ben Auriemma, who have found their way to Exclusive Autosport and will be joined by Trenton Estep, Ryan Bjerke, and Dexter Czuba.

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Norman, D’Addario and Ming Win at Sebring

Sebring, FL – The F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series closed the second and final event of the Formula Race Promotions (FRP) Winter Exhibition with Sunday races at Sebring. In the F1600 Series, Calvin Ming took the win with lead changes happening by the corner, while Davy D’Addario won in F2000 and Ryan Norman took his second win in the Atlantic Championship Series.

F1600:

After an exciting start at Sebring, the Team Pelfrey duo of Phillippe Denes and Kaylen Frederick led the first lap of the 30-minute race.

Similar to the race at Palm Beach earlier in the month, the lead battle quickly turned into a K-Hill versus Pelfrey affair, with K-Hill teammates Calvin Ming and Neal Verhagen challenging at the front of the field in a tight race that came down to the wire.

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Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Set for Florida Winter Swing

Salem, NH – Palm trees will greet teams for the second annual Winter Exhibition for the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, organized by Formula Race Promotions. Drivers are set to begin testing this Thursday at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Florida as part of a two-weekend winter season, with Sebring scheduled for Feb. 19-21.

With warm temperatures to look forward to for teams and drivers flocking south, the racy and confrontational Palm Beach layout will offer three days of track time with a pre-season feel, culminating in a spectator-focused Saturday with three races on the schedule.

Just like in 2015, the weekend will offer a glimpse into what will be a highly competitive F1600 Formula F Championship Series season.

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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Winter Exhibition Series Announced

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions today announced its 2016 winter exhibition program which will take place in Florida in February for the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. The expanded winter exhibition swing will visit two Florida race tracks, Palm Beach and Sebring, back-to-back, before the seven-weekend 2016 season opens in April.

The Series will double its exhibition in Florida offering with a trip to Palm Beach in February paired with a visit to Sebring the next weekend. The expansion is based on feedback solicited from active participants in all three Series.

“This winter schedule keeps with our philosophy of offering significant track time at strong venues,” said Formula Race Promotions co-owner Robert Wright.

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USF2000 Series powered by Mazda driver Andrew List experiencing busiest season in career

St. Petersburg, Florida – Though D2D Motorsports driver Andrew List has not competed in a Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship event since the Louisiana NOLA round in April, the Rogers, Minnesota racer revealed the past two months may just have been the busiest in his racing life.

“We were one of the first cars off pit lane in the very first session,” described List of the NOLA round. “Before sliding into the tire barrier I had never been so pleased with our car.” With hard contact, nearly destroying the D2D (Dare-To-Dream) Motorsports #61, that Monday’s meeting would set the itinerary for the next 60 days.

“Though I new our conference meant we’d be missing Championship rounds, I feel we made the right call,” he explained. “We decided, while we were fixing the chassis, to make whole-sale updates. The frame, suspension and body work; all would be reconstructed.”

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