ADDITION OF CHICAGO RACE HIGHLIGHTS 12-EVENT 1999 KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., December 18, 1998 - The 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship will feature 12 events, ...
ADDITION OF CHICAGO RACE HIGHLIGHTS 12-EVENT 1999 KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., December 18, 1998 - The 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship will feature 12 events, including a healthy mix of four oval tracks, four temporary street circuits and four permanent road courses, as it begins its 26th year of competition at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17.
For the second consecutive season, the CART-sanctioned KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship has added an important U.S. market to the schedule with the addition of the Aug. 21 date at the brand-new Chicago Motor Speedway. Last season, Houston was added to the Atlantic schedule and once again will serve as the season finale on Sept. 26.
"We're very happy to once again reach our important markets and run with the CART FedEx Championship Series at 10 of our 12 events," said Vicki O'Connor, longtime president of the Atlantic Championship. "With the addition of Chicago, we feel we've solidified an already impressive list of racing venues for our sponsors, the teams' sponsors and our fans."
The 1999 Atlantic schedule will feature four ovals, including three straight, starting with the May 1 race at Nazareth Speedway, followed by dates at Gateway International Raceway on May 28 and at The Milwaukee Mile on June 5. The final oval event will be Aug. 21 at Chicago.
The Long Beach season opener is the first of eight road-course venues that also include the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12, Road America on July 11, Trois-Rivieres, Que., on Aug. 1, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 15, Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 4/5, Laguna Seca Raceway on Sept. 11, and Houston on Sept. 26.
"By adding one more important venue and retaining our strong markets here in the U.S. and in Canada, we feel we've produced a very complete schedule for the 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. We're looking forward to kicking off another great year of Atlantic competition in Long Beach this April," O'Connor said.
The CART-owned KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship celebrated its 25th Anniversary season in 1998, and is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic series are current Champ Car drivers Michael Andretti, Alex Barron, Patrick Carpentier, Richie Hearn, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser, as well as 1997 FIA Formula One Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.