Atlantic Championship

The Atlantic Championship ( Atlantic Championship ) is a North American junior racing series in the single-seater range. In the career of young pilots they followed earlier mostly on involvement in the Star Mazda Series, the various F2000 Championships or Formula BMW and had a similar footing as their competition Indy Lights series.

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The Atlantic Series was wearing her race after race Formula Atlantic and in recent years solely on road and street circuits. It differed from so many other American auto racing series, also visit the ovals. Terms of preparing for a possible entry in the IndyCar Series, America's highest Monopostoklasse, this was increasingly seen as a disadvantage.


The first race of the Atlantic Championship took place on 26 May 1974, the Westwood Circuit in Canada. In the following years it has established itself as a top junior series for the IndyCar World Series, where in 1976 and 1985 to 1990 there were two parallel discharged series. Up to and including 2007, drove the 1991 series reunited in Framework Programme of the Champ Car World Series and was, in comparison to the IndyCar Series competitors Indy Pro Series, as the better junior series. This assessment changed since the end of the Champ Car series, however, in favor of the now in " Indy Lights" renamed rivals as the Atlantic series had now under different main series like the American Le Mans Series and Grand -Am Sports Car Series to compete while the organized by the IRL championship can discharge their race throughout the framework Programme of the IndyCar Series.

Women in the series

In its over 30 -year history already attended several racers stir. The first of these was Danica Patrick, which managed to achieve a pole position, three podiums and third overall in the 2004 season. The first woman with a race win was Katherine Legge, who won the race at Long Beach in 2005. With two more victories, she was third championship at the end also. Simona de Silvestro The Swiss surpassed the record of winning races with a victory in 2008, three in 2009, had at the end of last season but also content with third place.


It Formula Atlantic vehicles from Swift Engineering were last used, which were equipped with a 300 -horsepower Mazda - Cosworth engine and equipped with Cooper Tires tires.


Winner of the Atlantic Championship

In 2010, no races were held, since the number of participants would have been too small for the first time. In 2011, there were no racing events.

The end of 2011 was Formula Race Promotions, the organizers of the F2000 and F1600 Formula F Championship Series of ( " U.S. Formula Ford ") announced that the Atlantic Championship Series a new edition of the Championships for SCCA -legal Formula Atlantic vehicles would be created, which would first three weekends unsubscribe à two races in the other two championships, of which it is the top five of every driver would be counted for the final championship standings. As Hoosier Racing Tires tire supplier was presented.