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Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Toronto, Ontario
ATI sponsored race car to participate in Fran AM Race taking place at the Molson Indy in Toronto
Toronto needs some pimping out especially with the SARS hit. ATI has sponsored a racecar for the Fran Am series. It's not Formula 1 but it's a start! If you want to see a pic of the car I'll be glad to email it to anyone who asks. I'll see if I can post it on the front news.
For the first time in his career, Toronto native Dan McMullen will get a chance to race on home ground when he takes to the track at Exhibition Place to contest the Fran Am 2000 North American Pro Championship this weekend. He will be driving his ATI Technologies Inc. sponsored car for the GTI Formula Motorsports racing team out of Sugar Land, Texas with the race scheduled to start at 12:15pm on Saturday.
With the Toronto race being the halfway point in the 2003 season, Dan is hoping to turn around his luck, which so far this season has not been all too good, and earn himself a strong finish and some much needed championship points. Going into this weekend, where the 1.75-mile street circuit is known to be tough on both equipment and drivers, Dan's previous street racing experience on the even tougher street circuit at Pau, France may pay dividends. Dan said, "You have to have a lot of respect for a track like this as there is no room for error and one very slight mistake can mean the end of your race."
Coming off of his Vice-Championship in the 2002 Fran AM 2000 North American Pro Championship, Dan's goals were very high going into this season. Budget constraints though meant that he wasn't able to sign with GTI Formula Motorsports until just under one week before the first race of the season and in turn was not able to get in any pre-season testing which put him at a disadvantage even before taking the first green flag of the year. With the signing of ATI Technologies Inc., based in Markham, Ontario, just prior to the Montreal F1 race weekend, it is hoped that he can now concentrate more on his racing rather than trying to find the funds necessary to compete.
Following the Fran Am race on Saturday, Dan will be in the support paddock in the National Trade Center signing autographs and handing out promotional items for sponsor ATI Technologies Inc., a Toronto-based company that is a world leader in the design and manufacture of video graphics cards for computers, as well as chipsets for computers and consumer electronics such as cell phones, digital TV set-top boxes, digital TVs and home media gateways.
The Fran-Am Sport Pro North American Championship is a professional formula car developmental racing series designed to hone the driving skills of the up and coming road racers. Each race features a U.S. $28,500 Michelin International supported cash prize fund, with the overall series champion winning a fully paid ride in the Euro Cup Formula Renault V6 series in Europe next year.
The Fran-Am Pro open wheel car features a spec carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, a sealed 2.0-litre/186-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front and rear wings, a six-speed sequential gearbox and spec-Michelin Sport slick racing tires.
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