Mid- Ohio pre-race notebook

07.08.2009: • Back To Ohio: The Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda returns to Ohio this weekend for the first time since 20

COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE PRE-RACE NOTEBOOK


•    Back To Ohio:
  The Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda returns to Ohio this weekend for the first time since 2007, when current IndyCar Series driver Raphael Matos won from the pole position up the road at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport en route to the 2007 series title. The last time Atlantic raced at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was 2003, when current NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger started from the pole and current Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series driver Michael Valiante won the race.


•    Everybody Gets A Mulligan:
  The 2009 Atlantic Championship features a new wrinkle in the way the championship will be decided, as all drivers will earn points from their best 11 finishes in the 12-race season.


•    On The Road Again:
  The 12-race 2009 Atlantic Championship schedule brings the series to many of North America’s most revered road racing circuits. The series shares seven race weekends with the American Le Mans Series at Sebring International Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mosport International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Atlantic series is the “headline” attraction in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and in doubleheader weekends at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Autobahn Country Club in suburban Chicago.


•    Local Favorites:
  Representing Ohio in this weekend’s field is No. 36 MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development/Nuclear Clean Air Energy/NEI/Entergy driver John Edwards of Newman Wachs Racing. Edwards is currently second in the championship standings and owns three victories from the first seven races of the season. Also hailing from the Buckeye state is C2 class owner/driver Mirl Swan (No. 88 Everclear Specialty Lubricants). Swan is making his second C2 appearance of the season. He took the class victory in the season opener at Sebring in his only other C2 start to date.


•    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 with one each from Finland, Spain, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Switzerland.


•    Rookies Aplenty
:  This weekend’s field will include seven Atlantic Championship rookies. The first-timers are Borja Garcia (No. 6 Celebfilms.co.uk/CJConsulting.us), Max Lefevre (No. 7 DOTMOBIL), Frederic Vervisch (No. 17 Quartier/Isomo/Shinokki), James Winslow (No. 19 C.A.R.S./E.T.T./D.H.S.), Michael Mallinen (No. 71 Mallinen Properties), Hans Peter (No. 80 Team Phenix/Swan Racing) and Mirl Swan (No. 88 Everclear Specialty Lubricants).

 
COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE FAST FACTS
 
WHAT:        Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda

WHERE: 
    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio
 
ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT SCHEDULE (All times local, ET):
  FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 – Practice 1, 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.; Practice 2, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m., Qualifying, 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 – Race, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT
: 13-turn, 2.25-mile Permanent Road Course

RACE LENGTH
:  50 minutes

RACE ROUND:
  Round 8 of the 12-race 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda

NEXT EVENT
:  Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, August 16

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK RECORDS

Qualifying (1 Lap):  A.J. Allmendinger, 8/9/03, 1:15.668, 107.427 mph
Race (Full Distance):  Jacques Villeneuve, 9/11/93,38:38.035, 30 laps, 104.830 mph

Previous Atlantic Race/Pole Winners

Date        Race Winner             Pole Winner
2003        Michael Valiante         A.J. Allmendinger
1999        Kenny Wilden             Kenny Wilden
1998        Lee Bentham             Alex Tagliani
1997        Alex Barron               Jeret Schroeder
1996        Patrick Carpentier     Patrick Carpentier
1995        Richie Hearn             Richie Hearn
1994        Colin Trueman           Richie Hearn
1993        Jacques Villeneuve*  Jacques Villeneuve*
1992        Stuart Crow                Stuart Crow
1991        Jimmy Vasser            Jimmy Vasser
1989-1     Jocko Cunningham    Claude Bourbonnais
1989-2     Colin Trueman           Jocko Cunningham
1988-1     Steve Shelton            Steve Shelton
1988-2     Steve Shelton            Steve Shelton
1987        Calvin Fish                 Thomas Knapp
1986        Scott Goodyear          Scott Goodyear
1982        Dave McMillan            Dave McMillan
1981        Jacques Villeneuve**  Jacques Villeneuve**
1976        Tom Klausler               Bobby Rahal



- Nate Siebens-

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