Atlantic schedule final, broadcast schedule announced

2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule finalized; television schedule features five live broadcasts on SPEED Channel. INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2003) - CART Toyota Atlantic Championship officials announced today that the schedule for...

2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule finalized; television schedule features five live broadcasts on SPEED Channel.

INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2003) - CART Toyota Atlantic Championship officials announced today that the schedule for the 12-race, 30th Anniversary season has been finalized and that SPEED Channel will offer live television coverage for nearly half of the season's events.

"The 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons in the 30-year history of the series, and we're thrilled that race fans will have the opportunity to see all of our events on SPEED Channel," said CART Toyota Atlantic Championship President Vicki O'Connor. "I'm especially excited about the fact that five of our races will be aired live on SPEED, and I believe that SPEED's coverage of Atlantic will dovetail nicely into many of the Champ Car broadcasts. Toyota Atlantic races are among the most competitive in the world, which will provide excitement for the fans at the track as well as for those watching at home on television."

The 2003 season gets underway at Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday, March 23 and will be televised live on SPEED Channel at 11:30 a.m. ET. This is the second consecutive season that the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will begin its season in Monterrey.

Round 2 will be the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 13, an event that will also have live SPEED Channel coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The third round of the 2003 schedule will be contested at the famed Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. local time, shortly before Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford runs its first-ever night race. SPEED Channel coverage of the Atlantic event at Milwaukee will air on Sunday, June 1 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts the fourth round of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship on Saturday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. local time, with SPEED Channel carrying a tape-delayed broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 15. One week later, the series visits Portland International Raceway on Saturday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. local time, and SPEED Channel will once again have tape-delayed coverage of the event at 1:00 p.m. ET on June 23.

The first half of the season ends on Saturday, July 5 at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. The Cleveland Atlantic race will start at 5:30 p.m. locally, and will precede the first-ever Champ Car road course event to be run under the lights. SPEED Channel will televise the Cleveland event at 1:00 p.m. ET on July 6.

The Molson Indy Toronto kicks off the second half of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12, which will also be the third race of the season to be carried live on SPEED Channel. The fourth live SPEED Channel Atlantic broadcast will be Round 8, as the series makes its annual visit to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec on Sunday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio event weekend has been moved up one week from its previously announced date, and the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Mid-Ohio will now take place on Sunday, August 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time. The race will be broadcast by SPEED Channel on a one-hour tape delay, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

In another date change from the previously announced schedule, the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve has moved from the weekend of September 7 to Saturday, August 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Montreal will also be the final live event on the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Schedule.

The penultimate round of the 2003 schedule will be held on the streets of Denver, as the series makes its second-annual visit to the Mile High City on Sunday, August 31. The race will start locally at 10:30 a.m., and SPEED Channel will offer coverage on a one-hour tape delay, airing at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship wraps-up in Miami on Sunday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. locally. SPEED Channel's coverage of the season finale will be on a one-hour tape delay beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the penultimate step on the Champ Car "Ladder System." The series boasts $100,000 race purses and a one million dollar points fund. It is also noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Drivers who have graduated from Atlantic are current Champ Car competitors Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Roberto Moreno, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Patrick Lemarie, and Rodolfo Lavin as well as former Champ Car champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Lemarié , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Danny Sullivan , Ryan Hunter-Reay
Teams ART Grand Prix