Road Atlanta pre-race notebook and fast facts

Road Atlanta pre-race notebook and fast facts

23.09.2009: • Three-Way Battle: The battle for the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda is coming down to a three-way fight between Simona De Silvestro (No. 78 Team Stargate

COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA ROAD ATLANTA

•    Three-Way Battle:
  The battle for the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda is coming down to a three-way fight between Simona De Silvestro (No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds), John Edwards (No. 36 Newman Wachs Racing) and Jonathan Summerton (No. 34 Newman Wachs Racing). De Silvestro currently leads by eight points over Edwards, 160-152, with Summerton another four points back. There are two races remaining on the schedule.
 
•    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.
 
•    International Flair:
  This weekend’s race will feature drivers representing nine different countries. The United States has three drivers in the field, two from the United Kingdom, and one each from Finland, Canada, Spain, France, Belgium, Estonia and Switzerland.
 
•    Rookies at Road Atlanta:
  This weekend’s field will include four Atlantic Championship rookies. The first-timers are Borja Garcia (No. 6 Condor Motorsports), Max Lefevre (No. 7 Condor Motorsports), Frederic Vervisch (No. 17 Genoa Racing) and James Winslow (No. 18 Genoa Racing).
 

COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA ROAD ATLANTA FAST FACTS

 
WHAT:
        Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda 6

WHEN:        Friday, September 25

WHERE:     Road Atlanta; Braselton, Ga.
 

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT SCHEDULE (All times local, ET): 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – Practice 1, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.; Practice 2, 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – Qualifying, 1:35 – 2:05 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – Race, 1:25 – 2:10 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT:
2.540-mile, 12-turn permanent road course

RACE LENGTH
:  45 minutes


RACE ROUND:
  Round 11 of the 12-race 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda


NEXT EVENT
:  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 11.


ATLANTIC TRACK RECORDS:

Qualifying (1 Lap): Jonathan Summerton, 10/2/08, 1:14.137, 123.339 mph
Race (1 Lap): J.R. Hildebrand, 10/3/08, 1:15.006, 121.910 mph
Race (Full Distance): Markus Niemela, 10/3/08, 50:19.931, 105.976 mph

ROAD ATLANTA HISTORY (7 events, 1976, 1986-88, 1993, 2008-
)
Year        Race Winner            Pole Winner
1976        Gilles Villeneuve        Gilles Villeneuve
1986-1        Scott Goodyear            Steve Shelton
1986-2        Calvin Fish            Scott Goodyear
1987        Michael Greenfield        Steve Shelton
1988        Steve Shelton            Steve Shelton
1993        Jacques Villeneuve*        Jacques Villeneuve*
2008        Markus Niemela        Jonathan Summerton

* - Son of Gilles Villeneuve.



- Nate Siebens -

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23.09.2009 / MaP

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