SUNRICHGOURMET.COM 1000 - fast facts

18.09.2008: SUNRICHGOURMET.COM 1000 - fast facts

WHAT: SunRichGourmet.com 1000

WHERE: Miller Motorsports Park – Tooele, Utah

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times local, MT): FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – Practice, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.; First Round Qualifying, 4:20 – 4:50 p.m.; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – Final Qualifying, 8:55 – 9:20 a.m.; SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – Warm-up, 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.; Race, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT: 4.5-mile Permanent Road Course

RACE LENGTH: 50 minutes

RACE ROUND: Round 11 of the 11-race 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda

NEXT RACE: October 3 –Road Atlanta; Braselton, Ga.

 

COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA

SUNRICHGOURMET.COM 1000 PRE-RACE NOTEBOOK

• Jonathan and Jonathan: Lately it’s been good to be an American driver named "Jonathan" in the Atlantic Championship. Jonathan Bomarito (No. 26 Del Taco/Stone Brewing/Discount Tire/RLM Investments) has taken over the championship lead on the strength of victories in Race #1 of the doubleheaders at Edmonton and Road America, and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Rookie Jonathan Summerton (No. 36 Newman Wachs Racing) won Race #2 of the Edmonton and Road America doubleheaders, finished second at Trois-Rivieres and third last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

He is currently second in the overall championship standings and leads the Rookie of the Year point standings. Bomarito and Summerton are the only two drivers in the 2008 Atlantic Championship with multiple victories.

• Miller Motorsports Park Hosts First Atlantic Race: This weekend features the second consecutive new race on the 2008 Atlantic Championship schedule as the series makes its first visit to the 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park circuit near Salt Lake City, Utah. Last weekend, the series paid its first visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park.

• And Down The Stretch They Come: This weekend’s SunRichGourmet.com 1000 is the penultimate round of the 11-race 2008 Atlantic season. Bomarito currently leads Summerton by 16 points, 204-188, followed by Markus Niemela (No. 8 Mr. Jones Bar & Kitchen/Rauma Town/Turku Karting) with 182 points.

Junior Strous (No. 6 NEM/Shell/HTP/Muermans Group/Red, White & Bluezz) is fourth with 166 points, with Carl Skerong (No. 14 King Taco) just one point back in fifth. Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe (No. 3 Indeck/Tire Rack/NOCO) is sixth with 160 points and is the final driver still in mathematical contention for the championship.

• 35 Years and Counting: The 35th Anniversary celebration for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda continues with this weekend’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Through the years, the Atlantic series has seen more than its share of legendary drivers pass through the series on their way to greatness, from Formula 1 superstars such as Gilles Villeneuve, Keke Rosberg and Jacques Villeneuve to IndyCar racing heroes such as Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Michael Andretti, Danny Sullivan, Sam Hornish Jr., Dan Wheldon and Buddy Rice.

This year, Atlantic graduates will compete for race victories and championships in top-tier North American series such as the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Atlantic has earned the distinction of being North America’s longest-running driver development series, and also one of the best.

• International Flair: This weekend’s race will feature drivers representing eight different countries. The United States is best represented with a total of six drivers; followed by Canada, Finland, England and The Netherlands with two each; and one each from Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland.

• Rookies Aplenty: This weekend’s field will include eight rookies. The first-year drivers are Henri Karjalainen (No. 2 Everyman/LTC Rakennus), Greg Mansell (No. 5 Sunseeker), Niemela, Dominick Muermans (No. 9 Hugenholtz Property Group/Jumbo Supermarkten/Muermans Group), Douglas Soares (No. 11 Banco BMG), Leo Mansell (No. 15 Sunseeker), Cameron and Summerton.

 

- Nate Siebens-

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18.09.2008 / MaP

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