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ALL 12 CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 EVENTS TO AIR ON SPEED INDIANAPOLIS (January 25, 2006) -- There will be many new and exciting facets to the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama in 2006, but the series will rely on...

ALL 12 CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 EVENTS TO AIR ON SPEED

INDIANAPOLIS (January 25, 2006) -- There will be many new and exciting facets to the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama in 2006, but the series will rely on experienced and trusted broadcast partners to bring all of the exciting on-track Atlantic action to television viewers this season. All 12 Champ Car Atlantic Championship events in '06 will be broadcast on the SPEED network, available through cable and satellite television providers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This marks the fifth consecutive year that television's top motorsports network will carry all of the racing from North America's premier open-wheel development series.

With an infusion of youth and talent driven by the lure of racing the new generation Atlantic Swift 016.a powered by a 300-horsepower Cosworth engine, the competition promises to be fierce this season. The experienced team of the Mullin Production Group will capture all of the dramatic images from the 2006 campaign, returning for its 13th consecutive year of producing Atlantic events. The Los Angeles-based group has also expanded its efforts to produce all Champ Car World Series telecasts in 2006.

"We expect to see one of the most competitive seasons in the 33-year history of Atlantics this season and we're so happy that both SPEED and the Mullin Production Group are back with us to showcase all of the action," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "Nobody knows how to bring Atlantic racing to life like these guys."

With the competitors fighting for the ultimate prize -- the Atlantic title and the unprecedented $2 million Champ Car champion's bonus -- SPEED will provide flag-to-flag coverage, airing one hour-long, tape-delayed race broadcasts typically on the Saturday or Sunday afternoons following all 12 rounds of competition. The 2006 schedule, detailed below, features six Saturday and six Sunday original race broadcasts. All events are scheduled to be re-broadcast on SPEED on the Wednesday afternoon following the original telecast.

"SPEED gives viewers a full taste of motorsports," said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Programming and Production. "Whether it's covering the current stars of the various series or offering fans a glimpse of the future through coverage of such events as the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, SPEED is the total motorsports package. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Champ Car, with an ever-present eye on developing more projects to share with their fans and our viewers."

The '06 schedule gets off to a roaring start when the new generation Atlantic series takes the green flag at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. SPEED's coverage of the season-opening race will air on Sunday, April 16 at 1 p.m. EDT. From there, the Atlantics return to Houston for the first time since the 2001 season, this time racing on the streets around Reliant Park. The Houston event marks the first Saturday broadcast with the race set to air on May 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. Other schedule highlights include a full two-hour block of Atlantic action on Sunday, July 2 as SPEED will broadcast both races from the doubleheader weekend at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport in the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT time slot. The race for the series championship and the 2006 season will conclude at one of North America's top road circuits, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with the finale to premier on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. EDT on SPEED.

In addition to the outstanding season-long coverage on SPEED, 2006 Atlantic series will once again air on the American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS), reaching U.S. servicemen and women in 77 countries throughout the world.

The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. Beginning its 33rd season in 2006, 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. 2005 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, 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. Competing in newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slicks, 2006 competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.

SPEED, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2006, is the nation's first and foremost cable network dedicated to motorsports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in nearly 70 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest-growing sports cable networks in the country and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on-demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. For more information, please visit www.SPEEDTV.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Danny Sullivan , A.J. Allmendinger , Ronnie Bremer , Andrew Ranger
Tags TV