Full Name: Franck Fréon
Birth date: March 16th, 1962
Birthplace: France
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Corvette Racing 2000-2003

Franck Fréon is a French race car driver from Paris. 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. 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.

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 C5R and was teamed with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell which included winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2001. He continued with the team until the end of the 2003 season.

Franck Freon 24 Hours of Le Mans Race History

Year Position Drivers Car Team Class Position in Class
1994 15th Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Pierre de Thoisy / F

#74 Mazda RX7 GTO Team Arnature IMSA GTS 2nd
1995 7th Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Jim Downing / USA

#5 Kudzu DG-3 Mazda D.T.R. with Mazdaspeed WSC 3rd
1996 25th Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Jim Downing / USA

#20 Kudzu DLM Mazda Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. LMP2 1st
1997 17th Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Jim Downing / USA

#15 Kudzu-Mazda DLM MS 971 009 Team T.D.R. WSC 6th
1998 15th Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Olivier Thévenin / F

#24 Courage C41 Porsche Courage Competition LMP1 4th
1999 DNF Yojiro Terada /

Franck Fréon / F

Robin Donovan / GB

#24Autoexe LMP99 Ford Autoexe Motorsport LMP DNF
2000 10th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing GTS 3rd
2001 14th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing GTS 2nd
2002 13th Andy Pilgrim / USA

Kelly Collins / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#64 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing GTS 2nd
2003 12th Ron Fellows / CDN

Johnny O’Connell / USA

Franck Fréon / F

#53 Chevrolet Corvette C5R Corvette Racing GTS 3rd

Courtesy of Nigel S. Dobbie, Author of Corvette Racing: The GT1 Years