2005 schedule announced

Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama Announces 2005 Season Schedule INDIANAPOLIS (November 2, 2004) -- Officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama today unveiled the series' schedule for the upcoming 2005...

Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama Announces 2005 Season Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (November 2, 2004) -- Officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama today unveiled the series' schedule for the upcoming 2005 season.

Preparing for its 32nd season as North America's top open-wheel development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama announced the details of the 2005 schedule that includes a dynamic mix of traditional and popular venues combined with some new and exciting circuits to challenge the future stars of racing.

The '05 calendar, in its current format, will offer up races on five permanent road courses, five temporary street circuits and one traditional short oval venue. A 12th event, to be held within the United States, will be added to the series schedule and announced in the coming weeks. Next season's complete Atlantic slate will include eight events run within the U.S., three races at Canadian venues and one visit south of the border in Mexico.

The Toyota Atlantic Championship will once again run the majority of its races in conjunction with the Champ Car World Series next season and the Atlantic cars will join Champ Car at two new venues next year, racing on an airport circuit in Edmonton and at a new street course designed in California's Silicon Valley. All 12 Toyota Atlantic events will be aired on SPEED Channel in 2005 with a complete television schedule detailing broadcast times and dates expected to be released within the next month or so.

"We believe that the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama offers a true test to challenge a driver's ability and the 2005 season schedule once again provides a unique blend of venues for our competitors and fans," said Les Unger, National Motorsports Manager for Toyota. "We look forward to returning to our traditional tracks next season and we're very excited about showcasing the Toyota Atlantic series at our new venues in 2005."

The green flag will fly to begin the Atlantic season on April 10 with the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This will mark the 22nd season that the series has competed at the premiere street race in the United States.

For the fourth consecutive year the Atlantic cars will visit Monterrey, Mexico, running at the Fundidora Park road course on May 22. On the first weekend in June the series makes its annual return to The Milwaukee Mile for its lone oval race of the season.

Next, the series heads to the Great Northwest to visit the Portland International Raceway road course on June 18-19 as the Atlantic Championship features a Rose City doubleheader weekend for the second consecutive year.

Cleveland's wide-open Burke Lakefront Airport circuit will be the site of the midpoint of the season on June 26 as the series will stage its sixth consecutive event, and eighth overall, at the "Roar by the Shore" on the banks of Lake Erie.

The first of three Canadian events on the schedule will feature the 15th Atlantic race on the streets of Toronto at the always-popular Molson Indy event on July 10. The following weekend will see the series remain north of the border for the first-ever visit to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on an airport circuit similar to the design of the popular Cleveland track.

Another new venue highlights the schedule on July 31 as the series will compete on a street circuit designed near California's Silicon Valley. For the fourth consecutive season, the Atlantic machines will run on the streets around Denver's Pepsi Center, competing at the Grand Prix of Denver on August 14.

The Toyota Atlantic Championship will celebrate its 25th race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course this season at the Molson Indy Montreal on August 28.

"We're very pleased to announce today a diverse and challenging schedule for 2005," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director for the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "We welcome back both Toyota and Yokohama as series sponsors next year and we've seen a tremendous amount of interest in the series, especially over the last few weeks. We're all looking forward to a very competitive season in 2005."

The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama continues to be the premiere open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from Atlantic are current Champ Car competitors Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Rodolfo Lavin and 2004 Rookie of the Year A.J. Allmendinger, as well as past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve.

For more information, log on to the series' official web site www.toyotaatlantic.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Danny Sullivan , Gilles Villeneuve , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Allmendinger , Rodolfo Lavin