Swift to host delivery celebration

SWIFT ENGINEERING TO HOST CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC DELIVERY CELEBRATION ON MARCH 8 INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2006) -- March 8 is a date that has been circled on many a calendar over the past several months as the teams of the Yokohama Presents the...

SWIFT ENGINEERING TO HOST CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC DELIVERY CELEBRATION ON MARCH 8

INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2006) -- March 8 is a date that has been circled on many a calendar over the past several months as the teams of the Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda eye that as they day when their new 2006 Atlantic cars are delivered.

With the expected anticipation of happy children on Christmas morning, Atlantic teams from across the country will be anxious to take possession of the newly-produced, made-in-the USA Swift 016.a Atlantic chassis powered by a 2.3-liter, 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama tires. While most teams will simply have their new cars shipped to their racing shops, several Atlantic squads will travel to the Swift Engineering plant in California to claim their new rides in person.

And while most of the energy will dedicated to the shipment and delivery of the 40 new-generation race cars next Wednesday, Swift officials are planning an event to celebrate the hard work and dedication that it's taken to create the new breed of Atlantics over the last eight months.

Located in San Clemente, California, Swift will host a special gathering at its facility from 3-5 p.m. Pacific Time on March 8 to honor the birth of the new car and the exciting competition it will generate on the race track. Local dignitaries will join Swift and Champ Car Atlantic series representatives at the event as Swift completes the enormous task of designing, manufacturing and delivering 40 high-tech race cars, following through on its promise from last July when the formula for the new Atlantic was first announced.

"This is an important moment for Swift Engineering," said Chuck Sprague, President of Swift, "because to our knowledge, delivering 40 race chassis at one time has not been done before. Therefore, we feel our delivery day of March 8th is worth recognizing, and that's why in addition to those Atlantic teams who will be picking up their Swift chassis that day, we've also invited the Mayor of San Clemente and other local officials and special guests for this special event."

Several key speakers will address the gathering and a number of specially-designed race cars created by Swift Engineering -- the designer of 174 race-winning Atlantic cars since 1987 -- will also be on display.

"So many people have worked tirelessly on this project over the last several months and we're all very excited to be able to join Swift in celebrating the delivery of the new Atlantic cars," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, who will be on hand for the March 8 event at Swift.

After taking delivery of their new machines, Atlantic teams will have about two weeks to assemble and prepare their cars before the first official series test session of the new season, March 21-22 at the California Speedway road course.

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 Mazda-Cosworth engine riding 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.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Danny Sullivan , A.J. Allmendinger , Ronnie Bremer , Andrew Ranger