The Atlantic Championship Series returns for 2014. (photo: Dennis Valet)
Formula Race Promotions has confirmed that the Atlantic Championship Series will expand to include five full event weekends with two races each, comprising a 10-round calendar presented by Hoosier Racing Tire.
Formula Race Promotions operated the Atlantic campaign in 2012, running an exhibition season with three race weekends and six rounds. A hiatus year was taken in 2013 to formulate an expanded operation, and a schedule including top racetracks in the country is nearing completion with dates at Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway and more already booked.
"The enthusiasm I experienced last weekend from the Atlantic entrants at the 50th Anniversary SCCA Runoffs at Road America convinced me that the time is right to present the racers, teams and fans an expanded season for this iconic class of spectacular cars in 2014," said series managing director Michael Rand. "An exciting season of one double-race weekend per month starting in April and winding up on Labor Day weekend at great racetracks holds great promise for all."
While other forms of the pro class have focused on a spec chassis, Formula Race Promotions will, like in 2012, allow all Atlantic cars a level playing field featuring the likes of Swift 014-Toyotas going up against the next-generation Swift 016-Mazdas, and the occasional Ralt RT40 or RT41 challenging at the front of the field.
In 2012, David Grant won the title for Polestar Racing Group, winning four of six races in his Swift 014. This year racing in the F2000 Series, and even making a pair of F1600 starts. The Atlantic cars will join the F2000 and F1600 Series on all their race weekends in 2014.
Similar to the business model behind F2000 and F1600, Atlantic drivers and teams can expect hefty amounts of track time, reasonable entry and registration costs, a controlled spec tire from Hoosier, and a dedicated and hard-working Series staff at every event.
The full F2000, F1600 and Atlantic schedules will be released shortly.