Laguna Seca pre-race notebook

08.10.2009: - 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 MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA PRE-RACE NOTEBOOK

- 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 seven points over Summerton, 176-169, with Edwards another three points back. Last year, Markus Niemela entered the season finale third in the point standings - 10 points out of the lead - and took home the title with a thrilling race victory at Road Atlanta.

- Possible History in the Making:
If either De Silvestro or Edwards take the series championship in Sunday's race, it will make Atlantic Championship history. If De Silvestro wins the title, she will become the first woman in 36 years of the Atlantic Championship to take the crown. If the 18-year-old Edwards takes the title, he will become the youngest champion in series history. The current youngest champion was Michael Andretti who took the 1983 title at 20 years, nine months and 30 days of age.

- 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 five different countries. The United States has four drivers in the field and there are one each from Finland, France, Estonia and Switzerland.

- Rookies at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
  This weekend's field will include two Atlantic Championship rookies. The first-timers are Barrett Mertins (No. 2 Jensen MotorSport) and Max Lefevre (No. 7 Condor Motorsports).


COOPER TIRES PRESENTS THE ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA FAST FACTS
 
WHAT:  
      Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patron

WHEN:        Sunday, October 11, 2009

WHERE:
     Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, Calif.
 
ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT SCHEDULE (All times local, PT
):  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 - Practice 1, 8:50 - 9:35 a.m.; Practice 2, 4:05 - 4.35 p.m. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 - Qualifying, 8:55 - 9:35 a.m. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 - Warm-Up, 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.; Race, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT:
2.238-mile, 11-turn permanent road course

RACE LENGTH:
  50 minutes

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

ATLANTIC TRACK RECORDS:

Qualifying (1 Lap): James Hinchcliffe, 5/17/08, 1:16.189, 105.748 mph
Race (1 Lap): Douglas Soares, 5/18/08, 1:16.369, 105.498 mph
Race (Full Distance): Jon Fogarty, 9/12/04, 40:22.200, 99.786 mph


MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA HISTORY (29 events, 1976, 1984-88, 1990-2004, 2008-)

Year        Race Winner                  Pole Winner
1976-1    Gilles Villeneuve              Dan Marvin
1976-2    Price Cobb                      Price Cobb
1984       John David Briggs           Jimmy Santos
1985       John David Briggs           John David Briggs
1986-1    Ted Prappas                  Ted Prappas
1986-2    Tom Phillips                   Tom Phillips
1987        Jimmy Vasser                Johnny O'Connell
1988        Mitch Thieman               Dean Hall
1990-1     Mark Dismore                Jimmy Vasser
1990-2     Mark Dismore                R.K. Smith
1990-3     Mark Dismore                Mark Dismore
1991-1     John Tanner                  Jimmy Vasser
1991-2     Jimmy Vasser               Jimmy Vasser
1992-1     Mark Dismore               Charles Nearburg
1992-2     Mark Dismore               Charles Nearburg
1993-1    Jacques Villeneuve**   Jacques Villeneuve**
1993-2    Jacques Villeneuve**   Jacques Villeneuve**
1994        Richie Hearn                Richie Hearn
1995        Case Montgomery       Case Montgomery
1996        Patrick Carpentier        Patrick Carpentier
1997        Alex Barron                  Alex Barron
1998        Lee Bentham               Anthony Lazzaro
1999        Anthony Lazzaro          Anthony Lazzaro
2000        Dan Wheldon               Dan Wheldon
2001        Joey Hand                   Rocky Moran Jr.
2002        Luis Diaz                     Ryan Hunter-Reay
2003        A.J. Allmendinger        A.J. Allmendinger
2004        Jon Fogarty                 Jon Fogarty
2008        James Hinchcliffe        James Hinchcliffe

** - Son of Gilles Villeneuve



-  Nate Siebens -

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