ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TO RETURN TO ROAD AMERICA FOR 2006 SEASON FINALE INDIANAPOLIS (November 29, 2005) -- The 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama season will conclude at a familiar venue with today's announcement that...
ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP TO RETURN TO ROAD AMERICA FOR 2006 SEASON FINALE
INDIANAPOLIS (November 29, 2005) -- The 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama season will conclude at a familiar venue with today's announcement that both the Champ Car World Series and the Atlantics will return to compete next season at the fabled Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The new generation Atlantic machines, featuring the Swift 016.a chassis powered by the 300-horsepower Cosworth engines, will return for the 22nd season of Atlantic racing at Road America. The Atlantics will join the 750-horsepower Champ Cars at the classic 4.048-mile road course for a three-day festival of speed, September 22-24 at Road America.
The Road America race will represent the 12th and final round of competition for the '06 Champ Car Atlantic series, marking the first time in the 33-year history of the championship that the season finale will be held at the storied venue.
"Our series drivers, teams and fans are all excited to be returning to Road America next season," said Vicki O'Connor, managing director of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "It's one of the most beautiful and challenging road courses in the world and we couldn't imagine a better venue to conclude what we expect to be a terrific season of Atlantic racing in 2006."
In 2005, Estonian racer Tonis Kasemets enjoyed a dominant performance while winning the Atlantic race at Road America. Starting from the pole, Kasemets fought off a challenge from rookie Katherine Legge on the opening lap to become the 20th Atlantic winner at Road America. In capturing the checkered flag, Kasemets joined an elite list of previous Atlantic race winners at Road America that included Roberto Moreno, Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Buddy Rice, to name a few.
If recent history is any indication, next year's event in Elkhart Lake could also decide which driver will walk away with the series championship and the unique $2 million bonus to help secure a Champ Car ride in 2007. In each of the last two seasons the battle for the Atlantic title has been decided at the final race of the season. Dutchman Charles Zwolsman claimed the 2005 series crown over Kasemets in Montreal, while Jon Fogarty won the '04 Atlantic title over Ryan Dalziel in the season finale at Laguna Seca.
The complete 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama schedule follows below. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.