Future direction announced

CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP CHARTS COURSE FOR 2006 AND BEYOND WITH PARTNERS SWIFT ENGINEERING AND COSWORTH SAN JOSE, California (July 30, 2005) -- Charting the future direction of the top open-wheel development series in North ...

CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP CHARTS COURSE FOR 2006 AND BEYOND WITH PARTNERS SWIFT ENGINEERING AND COSWORTH

SAN JOSE, California (July 30, 2005) -- Charting the future direction of the top open-wheel development series in North America, Champ Car World Series officials today proudly unveiled the new generation of Atlantic car to compete in 2006 and beyond.

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship will return to the track for the 33rd season of Atlantic competition in 2006, continuing to serve as the top level of driver development for the Champ Car World Series. Energized by new and expanding relationships with series partners and manufacturers Swift Engineering and Cosworth, the Champ Car Atlantic Championship is ensured to continue the tradition of training and showcasing some of the world's top rising stars of racing.

Established and well-respected designer Swift Engineering will continue to serve as the exclusive chassis manufacturer for the Atlantic series. Under the terms of a new three-year agreement, Swift will not only continue to provide the cars that drive the on-track action, but the company will usher in a new generation of Atlantic machines with a new Swift 016.a chassis design that represents a new and improved version of the current Atlantic car.

Powering the Champ Car Atlantic Championship beginning in 2006 will be one of the most trusted engine manufactures in the history of racing -- Cosworth, Inc. In addition to serving as the exclusive engine supplier for the Champ Car World Series, Cosworth will enter into a three-year agreement to bring its reliability and performance to the Atlantic formula, creating a new power plant for the next generation of series racers. The Cosworth Atlantic engine will be a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter design that will be capable of generating 300 horsepower and producing speeds up to 175 mph. Pi Research will provide all of the electronics, wiring and sensors for the new Atlantic machine.

"Champ Car is certainly excited to continue the great tradition of Atlantic racing," said Dick Eidswick, Champ Car President. "Working with partners like Swift, Cosworth and Pi will help the Atlantic championship to continue to flourish as the series produces the next generation of Champ Car stars."

Swift first entered Atlantic competition in 1987 and the manufacturer has produced more race-winning cars (170) than any other chassis designer in the 32-year history of Atlantics. The company has served as the exclusive car designer in the series since 1999 with the Swift 008.a and 014.a chassis.

"Swift is looking forward to producing the next level of chassis design for the Champ Car Atlantic Championship," said Alex Cross, Vice President of Swift. "We've had a long association with Atlantic racing and we see a tremendous amount of growth and potential in the future of the series as well. We look forward to working with the Atlantic teams to help provide great racing as we continue to build on this successful relationship."

Cosworth also has a strong history of competition in the Atlantic series, joining the series from its inception in 1974. The longtime engine designer last ran in the championship in 1989. Throughout its 16 years of racing in Atlantics, Cosworth engines powered over 190 series victories.

"Everyone at Cosworth is very happy to be back competing in Atlantics again," said Ian Bisco, Vice President at Cosworth, Inc. "It's a great series and we're looking forward to providing a level playing field for the teams and drivers. Our goal is to bring to Atlantics the reliability and consistency in engine performance that we've delivered to the Champ Car World Series."

Atlantic and Champ Car officials, who are negotiating with Yokohama to continue as the exclusive tire supplier of the series next season, are determined to keep operating costs down for teams competing in the championship. Even with the advanced technology generated through Swift and Cosworth with the new series competition package, total operating costs for a full-season entry are expected to be a reasonable $500-600,000 per team in 2006.

"We feel we've created a very affordable and highly-competitive environment for teams to race in Atlantics in 2006 and beyond," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. "We welcome back both Swift and Cosworth with open arms and we're certainly excited about the future of Atlantic racing."

O'Connor, celebrating her 20th season at the helm of the Atlantic series, also wanted to thank outgoing series sponsor Toyota Motor Sales USA for its support of the Atlantic championship over the past 17 years. "The series couldn't have grown and developed as it has without the help of Toyota. We thank them for everything they've done for the Atlantic championship."

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship will continue to compete at Champ Car World Series venues in 2006. More details on the new direction of Atlantic competition, including next season's racing schedule, are expected to be announced in the coming weeks,

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. Current Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Toyota Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.toyotaatlantic.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Danny Sullivan , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ronnie Bremer
Teams HART