Toyota Atlantic Series Announces Cost Containment Measures INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2004) - Officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama announced several rule changes today that will result in curbing the costs associated...
Toyota Atlantic Series Announces Cost Containment Measures
INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2004) - Officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama announced several rule changes today that will result in curbing the costs associated with competing in the top open-wheel driver development series in North America.
The most significant changes announced relate directly to limiting and conserving the amount of Yokohama tires used during a race weekend and a reconfiguration of the RPM limiter intended to help increase the life of the Toyota-powered engines.
"We were able to work closely with our team owners and our technology staff, led by (Toyota Atlantic Technical Director) Don Preston and (Champ Car Manager of Technology) Steve Sewell to achieve some significant cost-cutting measures," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Toyota Atlantic Championship. "We believe that all of the changes announced today will further help in cutting the costs of operating a successful Atlantic program while still maintaining the high level of safety and competition that we've all grown to appreciate in this series."
The rules changes were approved at the most recent meeting of the Toyota Atlantic team owners held in Monterrey, Mexico last weekend. Effective immediately under the new guidelines, the maximum allotment of new Yokohama tires that each competitor may use on a road course will be reduced from twelve (12) to eight (8) at each event. Teams will now also have the option of using one additional set of marked tires from the previous event on road courses only. The used tires may only be used in practice sessions during a race weekend. All cars must still be equipped with new tires supplied at the event for both qualifying and the race. The tire allotment for oval races, which will be in effect at Milwaukee this weekend, remains at twelve (12) for each competitor and new tires must be used during all practice, qualifying and race sessions on ovals.
The series also introduced an RPM "soft limiter" which is designed to prevent the Toyota engines from reaching its hard limit. In Milwaukee, the soft limiter will be set at 9600 RPM in an effort to reduce the loading on the engines.
In addition to the tire allotment and RPM limiter rule changes, series officials have also limited the amount of crew members that are allowed to work on an individual car to six people during practice, qualifying and race conditions. The series also announced further restrictions to the Hewland Powerflow differential used in Atlantic competition.