Franck Fréon (born 16 March 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 2001. 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

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(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

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

CART

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

24 Hours of Le Mans

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 2nd
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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