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Meet Franck Freon

Franck Freon was born and raised in Paris, France. He started racing motorcycles in his mid teens. Franck won the Winfield Racing School Award and began his career in the French Formula Championship, racing Formula Renault cars and Formula 3 from 1986 to 1990. He then moved to the United States and participated in The Firestone Indy Lights Championship, from 1991 to 1993, capturing 4 wins, Rookie of the Year and 2 Championship Runner-Up titles in 1992 and 1993.

After an exciting year, finishing on the “bubble” with qualifying speeds at 224 mph at the Indy 500 in 1995 with a 1992 chassis, Franck sought to continue to challenge himself in the endurance car racing field. He had many successes in racing prototypes from 1994 through 2004, including a LMP2 class win in 1996. Franck signed onto the Chevrolet factory team in 2000 and began driving the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. He teamed with Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Chris Kneifel for a legendary win at the 24 Hours of Daytona 2001.

Franck continued his racing career until 2003.

Franck Freon thinking about a race.

Prior to managing Pumpkin Fine Cars & Exotics, Franck raced cars for over 18 years all over the world. He started in Europe in different single seater championships and then moved to the US to compete in the Indy Lights series in 1991.

Franck Freon in blue indy car

Rookie of the Year in 1991 then runner-up in this Series in 1992 and 1993, Franck won 6 races and 7 pole-positions and climbed onto the podium 18 out of 36 races. This great success moved him to Indy Car (CART) in 1994 and 1995. He drove at Indianapolis Speedway in 1995 and got “on the bubble” with a speed of 224.40 mph.

Franck Freon racing in 24 Hours of Le Mans

Spotted by the team manager of Mazdaspeed, he then moved to Japan to race for the Mazda race team in 1996. Franck came back to the US the following year and started competing in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Collins, Pilgrim and Freon

Franck joined the Pratt & Miller GM Corvette Racing factory team in 2000, an ultra successful Detroit outfit managed by Doug Fehan. Franck has experienced tremendous success with Corvette Racing winning the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona, the 2000 and 2001 Petit Le Mans and the 2003 12 Hours of Sebring, the oldest endurance race in America.

Franck Freon on the podium

Franck also got another podium finish in June 2003 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for his 10th consecutive start at what experts consider being the most prestigious endurance race in the world.

Daytona 2001

Read a letter from the CEO of Ferrari to Franck Freon

Franck Freon carries the torch at 2002 Winter Olympics

Franck Freon, creator and owner of Pumpkin Fine Cars & Exotics, had the amazing honor of running the Olympic torch during the Winter Olympics. Franck carried the flame in downtown Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002.

He was joined by his wife, Gina Freon, and their two young children, Harrison who was almost 4 years old and Isabella who was 2 at the time (and pictured in strollers with their Dad in the photo above). Gina’s Mom, brother John and sister Christine, along with her brother Brian and his wife Donna with their three young children (also pictured above), Alyssa, 10, Emily, 8 and Brian, almost 4, were all by his side to cheer him on!

This was a very exciting time, as Franck was at the height of his car racing career as a General Motors factory driver. He had just won the 2000 & 2001 Petit Le Mans races, as well as the 2001 24 hours of Daytona as a Corvette driver for the Pratt & Miller General Motors Corvette Racing Team. He was so proud to be one of the chosen few to carry the famous Olympic flame and the torch and to help represent America in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Now, in 2010, he's cheering on his growing future stars or "olympians" as they ski and snowboard and strive to achieve their dreams!

Racing Accomplishments

2003 WINNER 12 HOURS OF SEBRING (GTS)
* 2001 WINNER 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA
1996 WINNER 24 HOURS OF LE MANS (LMP2)
2001 WINNER PETIT LE MANS
2000 WINNER PETIT LE MANS
1994-2004 24 HOURS OF LE MANS(10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS)
1996 DRIVER MAZDASPEED FACTORY (JAPAN)
1995 WINNER SUZUKA 1000 KM POLE POSITION (JAPAN)
1995 DRIVER INDY CAR  INDIANAPOLIS 230 mph
1994 DRIVER INDY CAR
1993 CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP  INDY LIGHTS
1992 CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP  INDY LIGHTS
1991

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR  INDY LIGHTS

1990 CHAMPIONSHIP 3RD PLACE
FRENCH FORMULA 3000
1989 CHAMPIONSHIP  FRENCH FORMULA 3
1988 CHAMPIONSHIP  FRENCH FORMULA 3
1987 CHAMPIONSHIP 3RD PLACE
FRENCH FORMULA RENAULT TURBO
1986 WINNER VOLANT ELF WINFIELD
MAGNY-COURS (FRANCE)

* Dale Earnhardt & Dale Earnhardt, Jr. placed 4TH *

Trophies from Franck Freon's Victories

Racing Coach

Racing Coach Franck Freon Coaches Didier Andre in Indy Lights Championship from 199-2001

Franck Freon was sought after toward the middle of his career as a mentor and coach. Having his own commitments with driving, he scrutinized the requests.

However, one young French driver caught his eye. Franck Freon coached Didier Andre in the Indy Lights Championship and the IRL Championship in 1999, 2000, 2001. Didier enjoyed successes including 3 pole positions and 2 wins at Laguna Seca, in Monterrey, California.

They are now dear friends.


Family Business

Franck Freon with his wife Gina Freon

Franck met his wife Gina in 1994 and they were married in 1997 in Gina’s home town of Margate, New Jersey.

By March of 1998, they had a beautiful baby boy, named Harrison Georges and in January of 2000, a beautiful baby girl, named Isabella Laura. Franck’s biggest dreams had been fulfilled with the birth of these two “protégés”, as he calls them fondly. Before thinking about creating a family, Franck had considered the need for a more stable and perhaps safer career than auto racing.

So, Franck started Pumpkin Fine Cars & Exotics toward the end of his long and successful career as a professional race driver. Franck’s passion and expertise regarding good-looking, high quality vehicles led to his idea that purchasing these types of fine cars could develop into some type of business.

Gina Freon with children Franck and Gina Freon at Pumpkin Fine Cars & Exotics

Franck Freon, along with his wife Gina, officially began Pumpkin LLC Fine Cars & Exotics in June 1998, shortly after the birth of their son, with only one goal in mind: Offer customers reasonably priced, high quality vehicles, personally chosen with a high level of expertise.

To this day, every vehicle is hand-picked and checked by Franck. Franck buys his cars by his sight and approval only. This attention to detail and the precision he takes in making each purchase are what keeps his customers coming back car after car and year after year.

Harrison and Isabella Freon

The precise attention to detail is clearly a positive and irreplaceable result of a career in professional high speed racing. Franck’s customers benefit at every step of the process in purchasing a vehicle from Pumpkin.

Franck makes the experience of buying a pre-owned BMW, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Lexus, Volvo a pleasure from start to finish. Franck enjoys sharing the pristine vehicles he loves with his customers whom are quickly more like friends.

Even those whom haven’t bought from Pumpkin yet, will tell you how welcoming and laid-back the family-environment is at the Pumpkin dealership in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Franck Freon with his son Harrison, the "Pumpkin" at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

From Paris to New Jersey, Franck continues to do things with class and integrity. Come see for yourself.

Franck Freon with his daughter Isabella in red Ferrari

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