Edmonton to host doubleheader weekend

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TO RUN DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT EDMONTON, COMPLETING 12-RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2007 INDIANAPOLIS (February 20, 2007) -- One of the most popular venues on the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered...

ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TO RUN DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT EDMONTON, COMPLETING 12-RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2007

INDIANAPOLIS (February 20, 2007) -- One of the most popular venues on the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda schedule will host a doubleheader weekend in July, completing this season's 12-race calendar for North America's top open-wheel development series.

The Grand Prix of Edmonton will host Rounds 9-10 of the Atlantic Championship in '07, as the 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth/Swift/Cooper machines will visit the fast and exciting 1.9-mile road circuit constructed at Edmonton's City Centre Airport, July 20-22. Practice and qualifying for the first race of the weekend will take place on Friday, July 20 while qualifying for the second event and Round 9 will run on Saturday, July 21. The 10th round of Atlantic action will take the green flag on Sunday, July 22 to close out the action-packed weekend, which will also feature the cars of the Champ Car World Series.

The Edmonton weekend will be the second doubleheader event on this season's Atlantic docket. The Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland will host Rounds 4-5 of the championship, June 9-10. This marks the first time that the Atlantic series has featured a pair of doubleheaders in the same season since 2005 when Portland and Cleveland hosted back-to-back twin bills. The Atlantic calendar has featured at least one doubleheader weekend for the last four consecutive seasons.

"We're excited to add a second race to our very popular event in Edmonton," said Vicki O'Connor, managing director for the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. "Since Champ Car began racing at the Grand Prix of Edmonton airport course in 2005 the Atlantic races there have been extremely exciting and the fans have shown tremendous support for the Atlantic series. We're looking forward to a great weekend of racing in July."

The Atlantic series, entering its 34th season in 2007, has a strong tradition in Edmonton. The series raced at the Edmonton International Speedway permanent facility from 1974-77 and again competed at Edmonton in 1981. Atlantics returned to the city to race in '05 when Champ Car added the Canadian venue to its series calendar.

The second race in Edmonton replaces the Denver event on the original 2007 Atlantic schedule. Champ Car announced recently that it will not compete at Denver in either 2007 or '08. Now, for the second consecutive season, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin will serve as the final round of competition for the Atlantic Championship, hosting the '07 finale the weekend of August 10-12.

-credit: ccws/atlantic

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