SWIFT ENGINEERING VOWS NEW GENERATION ATLANTIC CARS WILL BE DELIVERED TO TEAMS BY EARLY MARCH OF 2006 MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 26, 2005) -- Keeping swift pace with the flurry of interest in the new formula for the 2006 Champ ...
SWIFT ENGINEERING VOWS NEW GENERATION ATLANTIC CARS WILL BE DELIVERED TO TEAMS BY EARLY MARCH OF 2006
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 26, 2005) -- Keeping swift pace with the flurry of interest in the new formula for the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship, designer and car constructor Swift Engineering has assured teams that up to 40 of the new Atlantic machines will be delivered by early March of next year.
On July 30, Champ Car and Atlantic officials proudly unveiled the designs for the new breed of Atlantic race cars. As it begins its 33rd season as North America's top open-wheel development series in 2006, the Champ Car Atlantic Championship will feature a new 016.a Swift chassis design with a Cosworth 2.3-liter racing engine that will generate 300 horsepower. Since the announcement, teams have rushed to place orders for the new Atlantics with over 30 cars already purchased for next season.
"We have been fielding inquiries and requests from interested teams, literally from all over the world," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Atlantic Championship. "The response to the future competition package has just been tremendous and teams can't wait to take delivery of the new Atlantic cars."
With the overwhelming response from interested competitors, Swift Engineering has vowed to increase its production force and the manufacturer will deliver up to 40 of the new cars by March 8, 2006 to the teams that have placed orders by the deadline of September 7. Swift will continue to take orders past the deadline, but can only ensure delivery in early March to the teams that purchase cars by the cutoff date. The 2006 Champ Car Atlantic schedule will be released in the coming days, but the season is expected to get underway April 7-9 at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
"The interest that we've seen from teams in the new Swift/Cosworth Atlantic car is very impressive," said Swift President Chuck Sprague. "We want to make sure that all of the competitors for the 2006 Atlantic season get the opportunity to test the new car and put it through its paces. Everyone at Swift is going to roll up their sleeves and work even harder in the next several months to make sure the teams have the cars in their shops in early March so they can begin their hard work and preparation for next season."
In addition to charting the future of Atlantic competition with the new three-year agreements with Swift, Cosworth and Pi Research, which will provide all of the electronics, wiring and sensors for the new cars, series officials have also been happy with the response to the Champ Car Atlantic incentive program. The unique initiative will provide a $2 million bonus to the '06 Atlantic champion to help secure a ride in the 2007 Champ Car World Series.
"Both the allure of the new car design and the Champ Car incentive program have helped to create renewed interest among competitors in the Atlantic series," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "We're all very excited about the future of Atlantics and the next generation of Champ Car drivers and teams that the series will help cultivate. We also want to thank Swift in advance for their hard work and dedication over the coming months as they create the new cars we're all looking forward to seeing on the track next season."
Due to the overwhelming interest in the new chassis design, Champ Car and Swift officials have determined not to offer a special conversion kit for the current Atlantic Swift 014.a chassis for next season. This will ensure that all competing cars in 2006 will be the new design of Atlantic machines.
The 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 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.