Atlantic Championship releases 2010 schedule
The 37th season of the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will once again take North America's longest-running, open-wheel driver development series to classic road racing facilities throughout North America.
“With another strong schedule for 2010, the Atlantic Championship will once again be the top open-wheel training ground in North America,” said Atlantic Championship President Ben Johnston. “We've got a great mix of facilities lined up for next year. We are again grateful to the American Le Mans Series for sharing their stage with us for a majority of our weekends in 2010, as well as to all of our terrific promoters for welcoming us back to their facilities.”
As it did in 2009, the 2010 Atlantic season will get under way at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., as part of the festivities for the prestigious Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Presented by Fresh From Florida for the American Le Mans Series. The 2010 Atlantic season-opener is slated for Friday, March 19.
After hosting the Atlantic season finale in 2009, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is scheduled to host Round 2 of the 2010 championship on Saturday, May 22, once again alongside the American Le Mans Series. It will be the 31st Atlantic Championship race at the venerable road circuit in Monterey, Calif.
One weekend later, the Atlantic Championship will make its first of two 2010 appearances at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park as part of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series festivities on Memorial Day weekend. Round 3 is scheduled for Saturday, May 29. The Lime Rock event will also be the first of two consecutive races that Atlantic will share Grand-Am, as Round 4 of the championship takes place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, June 20.
On the following weekend, the Atlantic series makes its way back to the East for its first doubleheader of the year at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The first race of the weekend and Round 5 of the season is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, with the second half of the doubleheader set for Sunday, June 27.
The Atlantic Championship makes its third visit to Utah's state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park on the weekend of Saturday, July 10 alongside the American Le Mans Series. Fourteen days later, the series swings back into action once again at Lime Rock, this time as part of the annual American Le Mans Series event.
It will be another quick turnaround for Atlantic as the series conducts its second and final doubleheader of the season with a pair of races at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. The first race of the Autobahn weekend is set for Saturday, July 31 with Race 2 of the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 1.
The 2010 season also sees the return of the Atlantic Championship to the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada as part of the 41st running of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, Aug. 15 which will be the penultimate round of the championship. The season will draw to a close at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., for the second time in three years as part of the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans activities. The season finale is slated for Friday, Oct. 1.
Negotiations are still in progress for a potential 13th event on the 2010 schedule and details on that event will be announced should an agreement be reached. Plans for series-sanctioned open test sessions are still being finalized and will be announced in the near future.