HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., January 19, 2000 -- The final scheduling date for the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship - the annual sojourn to Trois-Rivieres, Que., for one of Canada's biggest racing events - is set for July 30th, series president Vicki O'Connor announced.

The July 30 date is advantageous for several reasons, most notably because it creates a cushion in the schedule on both sides of the event, O'Connor said. The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will hold Round 7 of the 12-event season in Toronto on July 16, then race at the Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres two weeks later, followed by the Road America event on Aug. 20.

"The Trois-Rivieres event always has been an exciting and pivotal stop for the series, dating to the early years of the series. By holding the race in late July, it is much more convenient for the teams, too, having competed in Toronto just two weeks earlier," said O'Connor.

The 2000 season of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship kicks off with a doubleheader on March 25-26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and concludes Oct. 1 at the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. The original schedule had the Trois-Rivieres date set for either Aug. 6 or Aug. 13.


DATE EVENT TITLE & LOCATION March 25 and 26 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota (double-header) Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.

April 15 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, Calif.

June 3 Milwaukee Mile 225 The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.

June 17 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Que.

July 2 Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Firstar Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio July 16 Molson Indy Toronto Canadian National Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

July 30 Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres Streets of Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Aug. 20 Road America 220 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Sept. 9 Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif.

Sept. 17 Motorola 300 Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill.

Oct. 1 Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston Streets of Houston, Texas