Long Beach : Fast Facts

17.04.2008: Long Beach : Fast Facts

COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA IMPERIAL CAPITAL BANK ATLANTIC CHALLENGE OF LONG BEACH

WHAT: Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach

WHERE: Long Beach, Calif.

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times local, PT): FRIDAY, APRIL 18 – Practice: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m., First Round Qualifying: 12:15 – 12:50 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 19 – Practice: 8:35 – 9:20 a.m., Final Qualifying: 12:50 – 1:25 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 20 – Warm-Up: 8:00 – 8:15 a.m., Race: 10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

TRACK LAYOUT: 1.968-mile temporary street circuit

RACE LENGTH: 50-minute time limit

TRACK RECORDS (based on current layout):

Qualifying (one lap) – 4/14/07, Raphael Matos, 1:15.724, 93.561 mph

Race (full distance) – 4/15/00, Buddy Rice, 45:44.100, 82.619 mph

RACE ROUND: Round 1 of the 11-race 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda

NEXT RACE: Monterey Festival of Speed – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 18

INSTANT REPLAY: After winning the season-opening event in Las Vegas one weekend earlier, Brazilian driver Raphael Matos turned in a dominating weekend in Long Beach by taking the pole position and leading every lap en route to his second consecutive victory.

Jonathan Bomarito finished second, 1.517 seconds in arrears, while Canadian rookie Robert Wickens completed the podium. American youngster John Edwards finished fourth and Franck Perera completed the top five.

LONG BEACH RACE HISTORY (24 events, 1978-82, 1989-Present)

Year Race winner Pole winner

1978 Howdy Holmes Bobby Rahal

1979 Tom Gloy Kevin Cogan

1980 Tom Gloy Tom Gloy

1981 Geoff Brabham Geoff Brabham

1982 Geoff Brabham Willy T. Ribbs

1989 Hiro Matsushita Scott Goodyear

1990 Mark Dismore Mark Dismore

1991 Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser

1992 Mark Dismore Chris Smith

1993 Claude Bourbonnais Jacques Villeneuve**

1994 Richie Hearn Greg Ray

1995 David Empringham Richie Hearn

1996 Case Montgomery Case Montgomery

1997 Alex Tagliani Case Montgomery

1998 Memo Gidley Buddy Rice

1999 Alex Tagliani Kenny Wilden

2000 Buddy Rice Dan Wheldon

2001 David Rutledge David Rutledge

2002 Michael Valiante Joey Hand

2003 A.J. Allmendinger A.J. Allmendinger

2004 Ryan Dalziel Ryan Dalziel

2005 Katherine Legge Antoine Bessette

2006 Andreas Wirth Andreas Wirth

2007 Raphael Matos Raphael Matos

** - Son of Gilles Villeneuve

Multiple Race Winners

Tom Gloy, 2

Geoff Brabham, 2

Mark Dismore, 2

Alex Tagliani, 2

Multiple Pole Winners Case Montgomery, 2

 

- Nate Siebens -

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