GENTLEMEN, DRAW YOUR GUNS … FOR
FRAN-AM SPORT’S “SHOOTOUT IN THE DESERT”
Courtesy of www.fran-am.com
- Phoenix, Arizona – This weekend, under the blazing desert
sun, a dozen brave young warriors will gather to face each other
in what promises to be the most important fight of their lives.
To the victor goes a reward that could unlock the gates to a future
they might not have otherwise discovered; to the defeated, it represents
an enriching opportunity.
Regardless of the outcome, “Shootout in the Desert”,
presented by Fran-Am Sport, MICHELIN International and XAP, is bringing
together some of the most talented karters in North America to do
On Saturday, November 23, 2002, in front of a most respected panel
of motor racing experts, six Canadian and six American karting stars
will have the chance to prove that they have “what it takes”
to eventually become the motor racing Champion of the World.
As part of their much-heralded North American Driver Development
Program, Fran-Am Sport, MICHELIN International and XAP are presenting
a brand new Fran-Am 1600 racing car with XAP Data acquisition and
17 sets of Michelin tires including 2 sets of rain tires, totalling
a prize value of US$52,000.00, to the winner of their “Shootout
in the Desert” competition.
With the special award, the winner will have the major portion
of his next year’s racing budget taken care of as well as
having proven that he is a true ‘Star in the Making’.
In the further pursuit of his or her racing career, the winner will
use the award to contest one of the Fran-Am 1600 regional championships
throughout North America and Canada.
However, the winner will have to be more than just talented. The
judging criterion of the contest clearly shows that it takes so
much more than just being fast. Reaching the top in motorsport,
like any other sport, takes more than just natural ability. Factors
such as commitment, dedication, physical and mental fitness, attitude,
sportsmanship and so much determine the making of a champion.
All of these factors are being carefully considered at “Shootout
in the Desert” and the fight to win should be fierce since
each participant has already proven their worthiness.
The United States is well represented by Garrett Zine, 15, Tad
Funakoshi III, 15, Phil Carlson, 20, Ron White, 22, Nick Bussell,
19 and David Jurca, 17. Canada counters
with their own list of young stars including; Matt Champagne, 18,
Andrew Ranger, 16, Jonathon Fecteau, 17, Jimmy Pelk Jr., 16, Brett
Blankers, 15 and Alex Penfold, 17.
Without a doubt, the judges have a tough task ahead of them. With
a battle like this taking place, the famous “Gunfight in the
OK Corral” may simply pale in comparison. One of the most
important steps in a young driver’s career is at stake and
the dozen combatants know it. Fran-Am warns everyone in the Desert
to “Take Cover!”