C2 Category expanded for 2005

Toyota Atlantic Championship Broadens C2 Category INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2004) -- The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama is expanding its C2 category for the 2005 season to allow more teams and drivers the opportunity to ...

Toyota Atlantic Championship Broadens C2 Category

INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2004) -- The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama is expanding its C2 category for the 2005 season to allow more teams and drivers the opportunity to compete in the top open-wheel development series in North America.

The C2 classification was reinstated last season in the Atlantic series as a more cost-effective option for competing in the championship by using existing Atlantic cars and equipment. For the upcoming 2005 season, the Toyota Atlantic series will permit multiple types of chassis designs and a less-restrictive engine configuration to be eligible for C2 competition, making it easier for teams and drivers to compete at Atlantic events. Cars equipped with a Swift 008.a chassis with various gearbox and bodywork upgrades will be allowed to compete in C2 next season, along with a heavier design of the Swift 014.a chassis, which is currently used in overall Atlantic series championship competition. In 2004, only the 008.a chassis with extensive engine specifications were allowed in the C2 category.

"We've heard from many teams and drivers that are interested in joining the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2005 but because of limited budgets they aren't able to purchase new equipment to compete in the full-season championship," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Toyota Atlantic series. "By expanding the C2 category, we're making it much easier for teams that have existing Atlantic configurations to enter the Toyota Atlantic Championship and experience the high-level of competition and the outstanding venues that the series is known for."

In addition to meeting the expanded chassis requirements, 2005 Atlantic C2 entrants may use alternate engine builders but must comply with the basic Toyota 4-AG 1600 engine specifications and be equipped with Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slick tires in order to compete. Series officials have also expanded the engine configurations to make it easier for competitors to conform to series guidelines. All Toyota Atlantic cars, including C2 entrants, must have an engine soft rev limiter set at 9600 RPM in '05.

"In the past, C2 entrants would have had to build a separate motor to compete in the series," said Steve Sewell, Champ Car Support Series Manager of Technology. "The changes we've made to the C2 program for 2005 basically mean that if you're running a different configuration you don't have to rebuild your car in order to compete, you just have to make a few external and electronic changes in order to go racing in the Atlantic series."

The C2 category will continue to be a "championship within a championship" in 2005 as the classification will have its own championship scoring system and a separate $10,000 purse fund for each race. Points will be earned for each C2 competitor at every event and the point system will be scored in a manner consistent with both the Atlantic championship category and the Champ Car World Series. The top C2 finisher will earn 31 points for each race with second place earning 27 points and third place claiming 25 points. The scoring will go down in two-point increments throughout the finishing order with points being awarded through the 10th position. A single point will be awarded for claiming the C2 pole position in each round of qualifying and a bonus point will also be available for posting the fastest lap in each race.

The top seven season results from each competitor among all 12 Toyota Atlantic Championship events in 2005 will be used to determine the 2005 Atlantic C2 champion. The C2 title winner will earn a $5,000 bonus and the top three C2 point scorers will be honored at the season-ending Toyota Atlantic Championship banquet.

This marks the sixth season for the C2 category in Toyota Atlantic competition. The classification was used from 1995-97, during the 1999 season and in 2004 when Cam Binder claimed the C2 title.

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