The Formula Renault North American Championship, called the Fran-Am Championship initially, was developed to provide competitors with the best possible car at the best possible price. The series also sought to contain operating costs by careful design and minimizing the advantages gained by spending money. To attract teams, a generous prize fund was available.

The Formula Renault 2000, constructed by Tatuus, represents the sixth generation of this popular European formula. The car's carbon-fiber monocoque boasts fully-integrated lateral protection structures for the driver's head. The suspension is a wishbone design that is fully adjustable and allows for changes to the car's camber and caster settings. Similarly, the shock absorbers are adjustable for compression and rebound. Four 4-piston calipers are used with ventilated rotors to stop the Formula Renault 2000. There is also a cockpit-activated brake balance bar.

The 2-liter Renault Clio engine used in the car is fitted with a six-speed sequential gearbox. The gear ratios can be changed and the setup also includes a limited-slip differential. A hydraulically operated twin-plate clutch is between the engine and transmission using Formula 3 technology.

The Formula Renault 2000 uses OZ aluminum wheels with center locking nuts. The wheels, which are 8X13-inches on the front and 10X13-inches on the rear, are equipped with Michelin Sport racing tires. The car tips the scale at 480-kg.

Fourteen rounds were contested for the 2004 Formula Renault North American Championship. Formula Renault was a support event at many high-profile race weekends.

  • April 8-10 Phoenix International Raceway Grand-Am
  • May 21-23 Circuit Mont-Tremblant Grand-Am
  • June 18-20 Watkins Glen International Grand-Am
  • July 9-11 Toronto Exhibition Place - Champcar
  • July 23-25 Vancouver BC Place - Champcar
  • July 30-31 Le Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres Trans-Am
  • August 6-8 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Grand-Am
  • September 10-12 Homestead Miami Speedway Grand-Am
  • September 24-26 Circuit Mont-Tremblant Grand-Am
  • October 1-3 Virginia International Raceway Grand-Am
  • October 8-10 Barber Motorsports Park Grand-Am
  • October 23 Pikes Peak International Raceway Formula Renault
  • October 24 Pikes Peak International Raceway Formula Renault
  • October 29-31 California Speedway Grand-Am

Round six of the 2004 Formula Renault North American Pro Championship was held at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Drivers would compete on the eleven-turn 1.53-mile temporary street circuit for thirty-two-laps.

The first of thirty-two laps around the Trois-Rivieres circuit. Leading the field of sixteen starters into the Ryan turn / corner nine is the pole-sitter, Marco Gomes, in the No. 20 Roshfrans Formula Renault 2000. Behind Gomes is the other front row starter and point's leader, Juan Martin Ponte, driving the No. 50 IPS / Grapeking Formula Renault 2000. Behind the leaders are Mark Wilkins and Ricardo Imery.
The No. 20 Roshfrans Formula Renault 2000 was campaigned by Brazilian Marco Gomes. After round four, at the Molson Indy Toronto event, Gomes was sixth in the title chase. At Trois-Rivieres, he recorded the fastest time during the qualifying session. In the race, Gomes led the thirty-two-lap feature flag-to-flag for his first series victory.
Finishing in the runner-up position at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres was Renato Jager David. Jager David left the Toronto weekend in fifth place twenty-five points behind the leader Juan Martin Ponte. His qualifying time placed him fifth on the starting grid in the No. 4 Gelles Racing prepared Formula Renault 2000. Passes on Juan Martin Ponte, Mark Wilkins and Ricardo Imery were rewarded with a second place.
Juan Martin Ponte won round one but was the first retirement in the next event at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. At Watkins Glen International, the year's third event, he was back on form and collected the victory. Martin Ponte led the championship when the teams arrived at Trois-Rivieres. He put the No. 50 IPS Formula Renault 2000 on the outside of the front row and claimed the final position on the podium.
The podium for round six of the 2004 Formula Renault North American Pro Championship at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. In the center from GTI Team ROSHFRANS is the first-time winner, Marco Gomes. On the left is the runner-up Renato Jader David. Completing the rostrum and finishing in the third spot is the championship points leader, Juan Martin Ponte.

POSSTARTDRIVERCARSPONSORLAPSRETIREMENTS
11Marco GomesFormula Renault 2000Roshfrans32-
25Renato Jader DavidFormula Renault 2000Gelles Racing32-
32Juan Martin PonteFormula Renault 2000IPS/Grapeking32-
43Mark WilkinsFormula Renault 2000Trizec Canada32-
56Katherine LeggeFormula Renault 2000Roshfrans32-
67Brandon ThomasFormula Renault 2000Gelles Racing32-
710Philippe GelinasFormula Renault 2000Gelles Racing32-
88Antoine BessetteFormula Renault 2000Elan Intl/Gouin LeBlanc32-
94Ricardo ImeryFormula Renault 2000Cavenas32-
1013Valerie LimogesFormula Renault 2000Encan Direct32-
1114Tim HauraneyFormula Renault 2000TBA31-
1211Michael YagerFormula Renault 2000Gelles Racing31-
139L-P DumoulinFormula Renault 2000TBA31-
1415Daniel St-GermainFormula Renault 2000TBA31-
1516Robert SiskaFormula Renault 2000RJS Motorsports31-
1612Stephane RoyFormula Renault 2000TBA21Did Not Finish


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