NEW GENERATION CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP CAR TO BE UNVEILED IN LOS ANGELES ON FEBRUARY 14 INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2006) -- Valentine's Day should be spent with the one you love and for many members of the Atlantic championship racing...
NEW GENERATION CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP CAR TO BE UNVEILED IN LOS ANGELES ON FEBRUARY 14
INDIANAPOLIS (January 19, 2006) -- Valentine's Day should be spent with the one you love and for many members of the Atlantic championship racing community this February 14 will be reserved for the special beauty that they plan on wooing during the course of the 2006 racing season.
The new generation, All-American Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama race car, featuring a Swift 016.a chassis design, powered by a 2.3-liter, 300-horsepower Cosworth engine, will be unveiled in a special ceremony on Tuesday evening, February 14 at the exclusive Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Atlantic 2006 teams and drivers, series sponsors and suppliers, members of the media and select graduates from the 32-year history of North America's top open-wheel development series will all be in attendance at the invitation-only Valentine's Day grand unveiling, scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Pacific Time.
"We're very excited to celebrate the official launch of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship race car," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director for the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "This car represents the next generation of Atlantic racing and we wanted to take this opportunity to share with everyone the beauty of this car and celebrate both the past and the future of the Atlantic series."
"The Champ Car Atlantic Championship is much more than just a support series - it is a very competitive major open-wheel proving ground that helps build and develop the future stars and champions of Champ Car," said Steve Johnson, Champ Car President. "We're proud of the tradition of Atlantics and we welcome in the future of the series at this unprecedented event in the rich history of the Atlantic Championship."
Champ Car World Series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven will also be on hand for the unveiling along with several celebrity guests. Several significant announcements relating to both the Atlantic series and the Champ Car World Series are also expected during the course of the evening.
"This promises to be a fun and exciting evening as we officially launch the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship," said Kalkhoven. "There's been a tremendous amount of interest in the new Atlantic series with the affordability of the cars, the new racing formula and the unprecedented two million dollar champion's bonus from Champ Car. We're all looking forward to the unveiling of the new All-American Atlantic racing machine on February 14th."
Designed and manufactured entirely in the USA, the new Atlantic racing machine will get its first road test later that week. The car will be transported immediately after its unveiling to a West Coast test track where American driver and 2002 and 2004 Atlantic series champion Jon Fogarty will put the car through its paces during a two-day closed test session in mid February.
Officials from Swift Engineering, located in San Clemente, California, are entering the final phase of production for the new Atlantic cars. All 40 of the machines previously ordered by Atlantic teams will be delivered to their owners by March 8. Teams will then have a couple of weeks to prep their cars before getting their first on-track experience with the new Atlantics March 21-22 at the California Speedway road circuit during an open test session. The 12-race 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship season officially gets underway April 7-9 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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 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.