Atlantic Championship To Continue Alongside American Le Mans Series and IMSA in 2010

Atlantic Championship To Continue Alongside American Le Mans Series and IMSA in 2010

30.08.2009: The 2010 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will again team up with the American Le Mans Series and be sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 2010.

The 2010 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will again team up with the American Le Mans Series and be sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 2010.

While the 2010 schedule is still being finalized, Atlantic supporters should expect a calendar similar to the 2009 slate. The Atlantic Championship has already shared the stage with the American Le Mans Series on four weekends and the two series will be on the same card three more times this year, including this weekend at Mosport International Raceway, at Road Atlanta next month and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October to close out the year.

“The Atlantic Championship has firmly established itself as the top rung of the open wheel developmental ladder,” said Scott Atherton, President/CEO of the American Le Mans Series. “The series has a rich history of developing many of today’s top professional drivers.  The American Le Mans Series looks forward to being involved with its future growth and continued success.”
 
This year’s Atlantic schedule also featured “headline” events for Atlantic at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. and the iconic Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres street race in Quebec. In addition to finalizing the schedule, Atlantic officials are also working diligently on plans for television coverage of the 2010 championship.

“As we begin to wind down our 2009 championship, we are also working full speed ahead on the 2010 Atlantic Championship,” said series president Ben Johnston. “We are delighted to continue alongside the American Le Mans Series next year with sanctioning from IMSA. American Le Mans Series races remain the best-attended road racing events in North America, and are contested at many classic road courses on this continent. As a road racing championship, it only makes sense for us to continue to align our series with the American Le Mans Series.”

While the series continues to be owned and operated by Johnston and his staff, the Atlantic Championship will continue to be conducted under the IMSA Code, which establishes and oversees event, participant and safety parameters and conduct, as well as governing rules for each of its sanctioned series. As part of the agreement, IMSA will also continue to provide Timing & Scoring to the series, as it has throughout the 2009 season. IMSA first sanctioned the Atlantic Championship in 1976 and has sanctioned the Atlantic Championship since 2008.

“Like IMSA, the Atlantic Championship is a series with great history and we are proud to continue our relationship into 2010,” said Scot Elkins, IMSA Vice President, Operations. “All involved in the Atlantic Championship are consummate professionals and it is a pleasure to work with everybody in the series, from the drivers and teams to the sponsors and series officials. Atlantic remains one of the most important driver development series in the world.”

Next up for the Atlantic Championship is this afternoon’s Round 10 of the 12-race 2009 calendar, the Grand Prix of Mosport, on Sunday, August 30 at Mosport International Raceway. Simona De Silvestro leads the championship standings by 21 points, 156-135, over John Edwards.



About The Atlantic Championship

The Atlantic Championship is in its 36th year of competition in 2009 and is noted for its long history of graduating its drivers into the top levels of motorsport throughout the world. Graduates include past and present IndyCar drivers such as Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon, Graham Rahal, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Raphael Matos, Formula One legends and champions such as Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger and sports car stars like Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney, Michael Valiante, Luis Diaz, Joey Hand and Simon Pagenaud.

Atlantic Championship graduates have won races and championships at the highest levels of motorsport, including Formula 1, IndyCar and Champ Car, and sports cars. In 2009, Atlantic graduates will again be top competitors in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and even the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series among many others. Learn more about Atlantic at www.atlantic-championship.com.



About the American Le Mans Series

The American Le Mans Series, based in Braselton, Ga., is the world’s top sports car series and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing.  In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars – prototype and Grand Touring – race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing.  All cars in the Series race on one of four alternative fuels or energy sources:  clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85, E10 or E10-electric hybrid. The Series has more automobile marquees involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom.  It operates a 10-race schedule in top markets throughout North America.



About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is the premier sanctioning body for road racing in North America. Since its establishment in 1969, IMSA has conducted hundreds of auto races on a variety of permanent and temporary racing circuits in the United States and Canada. Exclusively in the auto racing business, IMSA organizes and officiates professional road racing competitions. IMSA is one of the eight member clubs of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), which is the FIA sporting association for the United States. As such, IMSA is one of just a few organizations in the U.S. authorized to stage competitions based in the International Sporting Code.

Currently IMSA sanctions several professional auto racing series including the American Le Mans Series, the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, IMSA Challenge by Michelin, Formula BMW Americas and IMSA Lites presented by Hankook. Each series provides a unique form of auto racing action through varying levels of driver and manufacturer competition.

Each year, IMSA awards millions of dollars in prize money, bonus awards and series point funds to the various winners. The headquarters office for IMSA is located in Braselton, Ga.



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