2003 schedule announced

Series kicks off 2003 season in Monterrey, Mexico. HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., (December 9, 2002) -- The 2003 edition of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, the 30th year in the prestigious open-wheeled development series, will once again open its...

Series kicks off 2003 season in Monterrey, Mexico.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., (December 9, 2002) -- The 2003 edition of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, the 30th year in the prestigious open-wheeled development series, will once again open its season in Monterrey, Mexico on March 23rd. Jon Fogarty kicked off his 2002 Championship run last year with a victory at the 2.1-mile permanent road course at Fundidora Park.

Along with the long time traditional featured stops such as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres, the series will return to the famous 2.258-mile permanent road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Atlantic Championship last competed on the circuit in 1999 where Kenny Wilden won from the pole.

In addition, the Championship will conclude the 2003 season with a return to the streets of Miami for the first time since 1995 where current Champ Car World Series star, Patrick Carpentier, captured the win from the pole.

"The 2003 schedule is an excellent mix of road, street, and oval courses - all of which are necessary ingredients for a driver and team to develop in a series such as the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship which holds the role as the top rung on the CART Ladder System," said CART Toyota Atlantic Championship President, Vicki O'Connor. "The series will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this upcoming season which is a great testament to the Atlantic series and to the many drivers it has graduated over the past 29 years."

The 12-race schedule features events at a variety of venues, including permanent road courses along with tight temporary street circuits. The schedule will also feature one oval event when the series makes its eleventh stop at the famous Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.

For full results and statistics, visit www.toyotaatlantic.com or www.carttiming.com.

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the top rung on CART's "ladder system", as well as having $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 World Series competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic Series are CART Champ Car World Series stars Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Jon Fogarty , Danny Sullivan