Franck Fréon

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Franck Fréon
24-hours-le-mans-03.jpg
Nationality France French
Born (1962-03-16) 16 March 1962 (age 52)
Paris (France)
Previous series
1986-87
1988
1989
1990
1991-93
1994-95
1995-97
1996
French Formula Renault Turbo
German Formula 3
French Formula 3
International Formula 3000
Indy Lights
CART/Indycars
IMSA GT Championship
Japanese Formula 3

Franck Fréon (born March 16, 1962 in Paris) is a French race car driver.

He began his career in the French Renault 5 Turbo Championship in 1986 and 1987 then competed in French Formula Three from 1988 to 1989. In 1990 he competed in International Formula 3000 and failed to qualify for four of his first five race attempts, but was credited with 5th place in his first successful start although he did not finish the race. He subsequently left his team and joined another for the final two races of the year where he qualified but failed to point. His fifth place was good enough for 19th in the championship.

He moved to the United States and participated in Indy Lights from 1991 to 1993 capturing 4 wins and finishing runner up in both the 1992 and 1993 standings, behind Robbie Buhl and Bryan Herta respectively. However, he had trouble finding a good team in CART, making 4 starts (and 1 DNF) for 3 different teams in the 1994 season with a best finish of 12th in his CART debut at the Long Beach Grand Prix. 1995 wasn't much better as Fréon finished 15th in the Long Beach season opener, then failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in a 3 year old Lola chassis and returned 5 months later only to fail to make the show at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Franck Fréon then ventured into endurance car racing, driving marginally competitive LMP vehicles in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1995 to 1999. He then signed onto the Chevrolet factory team to drive the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. He teamed with Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell to win the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000. He continued with the team until 2004.

Nearing his retirement, Franck Fréon leveraged his knowledge, experience and passion for cars to establish his business Pumpkin Fine Cars & Exotics in 1998.[1]

Career Results[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1990 Apomatox DON
DNQ
SIL
DNQ
PAU
5
JER
DNQ
MNZ
DNQ
PER
HOC
BRH
BIR
19th 2
Galaxy Racing BUG
14
NOG
16

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1991 Fréon Racing Services United States
LBH
4
United States
PHX
7
United States
MIL
3
United States
DET
2
United States
POR
2
United States
CLE
6
United States
MEA
6
Canada
TOR
4
United States
DEN
6
United States
MDO
3
United States
NAZ
9
United States
LS
8
4th 121
1992 Landford Racing United States
PHX
11
United States
LBH
1
United States
DET
5
United States
POR
1
United States
MIL
4
United States
LOU
2
Canada
TOR
12
United States
CLE
1
Canada
VAN
4
United States
MDO
6
United States
NAZ
2
United States
LS
3
2nd 159
1993 John Martin Racing United States
PHX
9
United States
LBH
2
United States
DET
18
United States
POR
4
United States
MIL
1
United States
NHA
3
Canada
TOR
2
United States
CLE
7
Canada
VAN
5
United States
MDO
6
United States
NAZ
3
United States
LS
17
2nd 122

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1994 Project Indy Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
12
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
15
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
32nd 1
Euromotorsport Canada
VAN
DNQ
United States
ROA
29
United States
NZR
Indy Regency Racing United States
LS
18
1995 Project Indy United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
15
United States
NZR
36th 0
Indy Regency Racing United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
Payton/Coyne Racing United States
LS
DNQ

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994 Japan Team Artnature Japan Yojiro Terada
France Pierre de Thoisy
Mazda RX-7 GTO IMSA
GTS
250 15th 2nd
1995 United States D.T.R.
Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
Japan Yojiro Terada
United States Jim Downing
Kudzu DG-3-Mazda WSC 282 7th 3rd
1996 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Yojiro Terada
United States Jim Downing
Kudzu DLM-Mazda LMP2 251 25th 1st
1997 United States Team T.D.R.
Japan Mazdaspeed
Japan Yojiro Terada
United States Jim Downing
Kudzu DLM-4-Mazda LMP 263 17th 6th
1998 France Courage Compétition Japan Yojiro Terada
France Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41-Porsche LMP1 300 16th 4th
1999 Japan Autoexe Motorsport Japan Yojiro Terada
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Autoexe LMP99-Ford LMP 74 DNF DNF
2000 United States Corvette Racing United States Andy Pilgrim
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 327 10th 3rd
2001 United States Corvette Racing United States Andy Pilgrim
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 271 14th 7th
2002 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Andy Pilgrim
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 331 13th 2nd
2003 United States Corvette Racing Canada Ron Fellows
United States Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GTS 326 12th 3rd


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