Summerton Makes It - Five Different Winners in Five Atlantic Races at Rexall Edmonton Indy
Summerton Makes It - Five Different Winners in Five Atlantic Races at Rexall Edmonton Indy
It was a good weekend to be named "Jonathan" in the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda at the Rexall Edmonton Indy, as Jonathan Summerton became the second driver with that first name and the fifth different driver in five races this season to win in Saturday’s second half of a doubleheader weekend north of the border.
Driving the No. 36 Newman Wachs Racing machine, Summerton got a great jump on the standing start from third on the grid to take the lead from polesitter Carl Skerlong entering Turn 1. From that point on, Summerton kept Skerlong and the rest of the field in his mirrors as he led every lap on his way to a 2.222-second victory over Skerlong.
"It feels awesome to win a race the fifth race in," Summerton said. "I’m real happy. We had a couple of races before where we should have been up there, but it didn’t come our way. Now, we’ve put it together. The team did a great job. (Team owner) Eddie Wachs supports me very well. I’d like to just thank the team for doing such a great job all weekend, consistently running the car and keeping the car out there, and putting the car together all the time."
The 20-year-old from Kissimmee, Fla. became the first rookie to win in Atlantic competition this season and was the first rookie since Franck Perera to win an Atlantic race. Perera claimed his first victory last year at Mont-Tremblant. The performance also vaulted Summerton into third place in the championship standings with six races still remaining on the schedule.
After starting from the pole position, Skerlong finished second in the No. 14 King Taco entry from Pacific Coast Motorsports. It was the third podium result in the past four races for Skerlong and was vindication of sorts for the Mukilteo, Wash. driver who finished 19th in Friday’s first half of the Rexall Edmonton Indy doubleheader. Skerlong also earned a bonus point for running the race’s fastest lap at 1:06.020 (107.586 mph) on Lap 29 of the 36-lap race.
"On the start, we just didn’t have it," Skerlong said. "We didn’t have a horrible start, just not as good as Jonathan did. For the most part this year, it’s been if we finish, we can finish on the podium. It’s just been actually getting to the checkered flag that’s been our struggle so far. We’ve had a good car. There’s been maybe two sessions all year that we’ve been out of the top five. If we can keep that going and just get a little more consistent and have luck go our way a little bit, I think we’ll definitely be pretty good for the rest of the season and finally be able to be on the top of the podium one of these times."
As he also did in Friday’s first race of the doubleheader, Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe finished third in the No. 3 Indeck/Tire Rack/NOCO entry from Forsythe/Pettit Racing and moved back to the top of the championship standings. With five of 11 races now in the books, Hinchcliffe holds a five-point advantage over Markus Niemela, 118-113. Hinchcliffe has finished inside the top 10 in every race this season and it was his fourth straight top-four result.
"It wasn’t all bad, I guess," Hinchcliffe said. "When you manage to improve on your starting position, it’s usually a good day. I still don’t think we quite had the car this weekend. It was a little bit off pace and you could see that in the race. The car was pretty strong early on. I managed to get a good start and move up into third position. Carl actually tapped the wall. I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this time I’ve got him,’ and he just kept going. I don’t know how he does it. I don’t know what they made his car out of. He hit it and I backed off, because I thought he was going to slow down, but he didn’t so I actually lost his draft.
"That’s when I started losing touch with the top two. From there, I was just controlling my pace, and again, I had my mirrors full of this yellow and black car (Jonathan Bomarito), which I’m really getting tired of. Hopefully, when we get to the next race, we can start up front and pull away from everyone, so there’s nobody in the mirrors. That’d be nice, but two podiums in Edmonton is a great result. The Forsythe/Pettit team was pretty good all weekend long and gave me a great car. Now, we’re back in the championship lead, but it’s still ridiculously close."
One day after taking his first victory of the season, Bomarito took home a fourth-place result in the No. 26 Del Taco/Stone Brewing/Rockview Builders/RLM Investments entry for Mathiasen Motorsports. It was Bomarito’s fourth top-six performance in five starts. Bomarito entered the weekend seventh in the point standings, 29 points out of the lead, but will return home from Canada standing fourth in the championship, just 19 points out of the lead.
Rookie Dane Cameron made it four Americans in the top five with a fifth-place performance in the No. 19 MAZDASPEED/Finlay Motorsports/Lynx Racing machine for Genoa Racing. It was Cameron’s third straight top-five performance.
• Niemela’s reign atop the Atlantic point standings lasted just one night, as the Finn fell to second with a sixth-place performance after starting ninth in Race #2 at the Rexall Edmonton Indy aboard the No. 8 Mr. Jones Bar & Kitchen/Rauma Town/Turku Karting machine for Brooks Associates Racing. However, Niemela continues to lead the Rookie of the Year point standings by 12 points, 113-101, over Summerton.
• Canadian racer Daniel Morad picked up his third top-10 result of the season with an eighth-place performance in the No. 70 Metro Directories of Georgia machine for Eurointernational. Morad also finished ninth in Round 2 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May and his Atlantic career-best result of sixth came in April’s season-opener in Long Beach.
• Dutch driver Junior Strous came into the weekend as the series points leader but now finds himself fifth in the point standings. He finished ninth in Saturday’s race in the No. 6 NEM/Shell/HTP/Muermans Group/Red, White & Bluezz machine.
• Finnish rookie Henri Karjalainen took the bonus point for improving the most positions in the race, charging from 16th to 11th in the No. 2 GNLD machine for Jensen MotorSport. It was an Atlantic career-best performance for Karjalainen, eclipsing previous best runs of 14th yesterday and at Long Beach.
Jonathan Bomarito became the fourth different winner in four races for the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda in the first race of the Rexall Edmonton Indy doubleheader on Friday evening.
Driving the No. 26 Del Taco/Stone Brewing/Rockview Builders/RLM Investments machine for Mathiasen Motorsports, Bomarito stalked polesitter James Hinchc weiter >>
Just as he did last year, Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe will start from the pole position for the first race of a Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda doubleheader at the Rexall Edmonton Indy.
Driving the No. 3 Indeck/Tire Rack/NOCO machine for Forsythe/Pettit Racing, Hinchcliffe clocked a best lap at 1:05.910 (107.765 mph) to score his sec weiter >>
• O, Canada: The Rexall Edmonton Indy field will feature three Canadian drivers, including two who hail from Toronto. James Hinchcliffe, who drives the No. 3 Indeck/Tire Rack/NOCO entry for Forsythe/Pettit Racing, makes his home in Toronto, as does Eurointernational rookie Daniel Morad in the No. 70 Metro Directories of Georg weiter >>
The first doubleheader weekend of the 11-race 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season and the "stretch run" gets underway with this weekend’s Rexall Edmonton Indy twin-bill.
While the first four races of the 35th Anniversary Atlantic season were each separated by a month or more, the final eight races of the championship will be run ov weiter >>
One day after taking his first career Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda pole position and one year after watching his Condor Motorsports teammate Franck Perera celebrate his first victory at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Dutchman Junior Strous dominated the Sommet des Legendes en route to his first career Atlantic win.
Driving the No. 6 Shell/HTP/ weiter >>
Under weather conditions that alternated between dry and wet a few times throughout the day, Junior Strous scored his first career pole position in Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda competition and will start Sunday’s Sommet des Legendes at Circuit Mont-Tremblant from the inside of the front row.
Strous posted a best lap at 1:28.805 (106.251 weiter >>
Atlantic Racing Series, LLC, which owns and operates the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, moved into its new headquarters in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg on Monday.
The series headquarters were previously located in the former Champ Car World Series, LLC home on the Northwest side of Indianapolis. The new address for Atlantic Raci weiter >>
... Powered by Mazda Events in 2008
A key component of the 35th anniversary season for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda has finally fallen into place as Atlantic Championship President Vicki O’Connor and officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that IMSA has agreed to sanction weiter >>
Atlantic Championship Notebook – June 5, 2008
News, Notes & Quotes from the Atlantic Championship
One of the hallmarks of open-wheel racing over the past several years was the presence of a dedicated, full-time safety team at each event. On several occasions, the safety team has literally saved the lives of drivers involved in incidents on-course.
With an air temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit and a track temperature of 125, it was unseasonably hot for the first day of practice and qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but Canadian racer James Hinchcliffe scorched the 2.238-mile road course with a lap at 1:17.541 (103.904 mph) to score the provisional pole for Sunday’s Monterey Festival of Speed.
The performan weiter >>
CAR DRIVEN BY SIMONA DE SILVESTRO AND NEWMAN WACHS RACING
Officials from Entergy Nuclear today announced enhancements to its partnership with the Nuclear Clean Air Energy Campaign, which kicked off in April at the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season-opening Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long B weiter >>
COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA MONTEREY FESTIVAL OF SPEED
• 35 Years and Counting: The 35th Anniversary celebration for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda kicks off with this weekend’s season-opening Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach.
Over the yea weiter >>
COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA
WHAT: Monterey Festival of Speed
WHERE: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, Calif.
ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times local, PT): FRIDAY, MAY 16: Practice – 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., First Round Qualifying – 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 17: Practice – 8:30 weiter >>
The Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will return to beautiful Mazda Raceway Laguna for the first time since 2004 with a field full of drivers that are sure to have their share of fan support in Sunday’s Monterey Festival of Speed.
MRLS locals need look no further than Monterey’s own Jonathan Bomarito when searching for a rooting interest. N weiter >>
Leads 81 of 83 laps en route to third career victory
Will Power got the jump on the entire field Sunday, vaulting from fourth to first at the start of the race, and never looked back as he cruised to victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the final race in Champ Car World Series history.
The 20-car field used a standing start for the first time in weiter >>
.. with Victory in Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach
Less than 24 hours after Atlantic Championship graduate Danica Patrick earned her first career Indy Racing League IndyCar Series victory in Japan, second-year Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro became the second woman in the 34-year history of the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlan weiter >>
1. 2 Justin Wilson GB Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing 1:06.902 105.898
2. 15 Alex Tagliani CDN Walker Racing 1:07.084 0.182 0.182 105.611
3. 34 Franck Perera* F Conquest Racing 1:07.180 0.096 0.278 105.460
4. 8 Will Power AUS Team Australia 1:07.205 0.025 0.303 105.421
5. 3 Paul Tracy CDN Forsythe Racing 1:07.352 0.147 0.450 105.191
6. 7 Fr weiter >>
Justin Wilson saved his best for last Saturday, recording the fastest lap of the weekend in the final minute of qualifying to earn the pole position for the 34th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Wilson lapped the 11-turn, 1.97-mile circuit in 1 minute, 6.902 seconds, 105.898 mph, surpassing Alex Tagliani to win his seventh career Champ Car pole.
"My car was weiter >>
.. for Season-Opening Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach
While many of the names on the entry list changed places several times during the on-track sessions prior to Sunday’s Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season-opener at Long Beach, Jonathan Bomarito has been a fixture atop the time chart weiter >>
American racer Jonathan Bomarito put the wraps on an eventful off season in fine fashion on Friday at the Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach by taking the provisional pole position for Sunday’s 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season-opener.
Bomarito posted a best lap at 1:16.830 (92.214 mph) in the No. 26 RLM Inves weiter >>
...to Be Honorary Starter for Season-Opening Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach
Since joining the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda as presenting sponsor a year ago, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s display at every Atlantic race has been a hotbed of activity, with music and interactive displays in additi weiter >>
Enrique Bernoldi, Nelson Philippe and EJ Viso flew into Long Beach from Miami on Tuesday afternoon and drove immediately--and very quickly--to the Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento Kings NBA game for an eventful evening at the Staples Center.
At the game, the weiter >>
COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA
· 35 Years and Counting: The 35th Anniversary celebration for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda kicks off with this weekend’s season-opening Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach.
Over the years, the Atlantic se weiter >>
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: 12:1 weiter >>
... Gets Underway with Imperial Capital Bank Atlantic Challenge of Long Beach
After a long off-season that included drastic changes to the open-wheel racing landscape in North America, the 35th Anniversary season of the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will embark on its 11-race season this Sunday with the Imperial Ca weiter >>
Features Mix of New Venues and Historic Facilities
In the five weeks since open-wheel unification was announced, officials from the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda have been hard at work on several fronts, including shoring up its schedule for the 35th Anniversary season in 2008.
Those efforts bore fruit today as Atla weiter >>
Prior to 2008 Atlantic Championship Opener in Long Beach
The return of Jonathan Bomarito to the cockpit of a Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda car could not have been more triumphant, as the Californian closed out his first test in the No. 26 machine for Mathiasen Motorsports atop the time charts at the end of two days of activity at weiter >>
A strong contingent of 18 drivers and 19 cars are in the midst of testing their Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda machinery at MSR Houston for the final time prior to the 2008 season-opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18-20. The test is scheduled for today and tomorrow, March 25-26, and is being conducted by Atlantic Championship teams weiter >>
Spring Training at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Concludes
Rookie driver Dane Cameron went two-for-two in his first Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda test with Genoa Racing, concluding the two-day Spring Training tune-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca atop the time charts.
Driving the No. 17Genoa Racing machine, Cameron logged a be weiter >>
Spring Training at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
It didn’t take long for rookie Dane Cameron to adjust to his new surroundings with Genoa Racing, as the rookie racer from nearby Sonoma, Calif. posted the quickest lap in the first day of Spring Training at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.
In th weiter >>
for Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda
With the recent unification of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and the Champ Car World Series, the 35th Anniversary season of the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will be a watershed one in the history of North America’s longest-running open-wh weiter >>
In Spring Training at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Next Week
As the start of the 35th Anniversary season of the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season draws closer, 10 teams representing 20 cars have committed to participating in Spring Training at the picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit on March 10-11.
With Entries for James Hinchcliffe and David Garza
Officials from Forsythe Racing Inc. confirmed today that popular Canadian racer James Hinchcliffe and Mexican rising star David Garza, who logged the fastest and second-fastest times, respectively, in a recent open test at Sebring International Raceway, will continue in the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents The Atl weiter >>
Set For 35th Anniversary Season in 2008
The longest-running open-wheel driver development series in North America will contest its 35th Anniversary season in 2008 with today’s announcement that the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will conduct a 12-race schedule beginning April 18-20 in Long Beach, Calif. The announcement was weiter >>
Depuis un bon moment il y avait des bruits de couloir sur une fusion entre IRL et Champ Car, et les possibles conséquences sur les courses Européennes planifiées en 2008.
Comme vous saviez, le Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix était sur le calendrier du Circuit Zolder, plus particulièrement le 31 mai et le 1 juin.
Entre-temps cette fusion a été confirmé. Jusqu'à prés weiter >>
Despite an abbreviated final day of Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda testing at Sebring International Raceway for their team, teammates James Hinchcliffe (#3 Forsythe Championship Racing) and David Garza (#7 Forsythe Championship Racing) found themse weiter >>
---for 2008 Champ Car World Series Season
Conquest Racing announced today that 2007 Atlantics ‘Rookie of the Year’ Franck Perera, who posted the fastest time among all drivers during the recent Champ Car World Series testing in Sebring, would join the team for the upcoming 2008 season.
Perera completed his first test with weiter >>
As the Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda convened for the first time in 2008 for open testing at Sebring International Raceway today, officials from Paladin Motorsports and Canadian driver Adrien Herberts announced that they have rejoined forces for the full 2008 season.
The 18-year-old native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia wi weiter >>
French driver tops competitive field; all 14 cars within 1.1 seconds
With the results of the first two days of testing at Sebring International Raceway, most people expected to see the name Franck atop the timing sheets at the conclusion of the first pre-season open test for the Champ Car World Series. What they may not have expected is that his last name would be weiter >>
Testing begins next week with Eurointernational
Fresh off a record-setting season that saw him crowned the 2007 Formula BMW USA Champion, seventeen-year-old Daniel Morad is making the move to the COOPER weiter >>
Once again France’s Franck Montagny ends day in Sebring on top
If pre-season testing is foretelling as to what will happen during the 2008 Champ Car World Series season, it’s safe to say that Forsythe/Pettit Racing will be in the hunt thanks to an exciting newcome weiter >>
... for 2008 Champ Car Season
Rocketsports Racing driver brings a multi-national education company into the United States and the Champ Car World Series to support his 2008 open-wheel campaign
Brazilian Champ Car drive weiter >>
THE MODERATOR: We're pleased today to announce the 2008 Champ Car driver lineup for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Team. As many of you know, this team has had the driver that's captured the Vanderbilt Cup over the past four seasons. And glad to make it official that Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing has decided to have Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal make up their formidab weiter >>