IndyCar »

Christo' tests Stargate Atlantic car.

Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou's first run in an Atlantic Championship car signalled the start of work towards the 2010 series for all teams.
Newly-crowned Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou got his first taste of the Atlantic Championship as preparations for the 2010 season began to get underway in earnest.

The Briton, who claimed the Star Mazda title at the first attempt in 2009, enjoyed a two-day test with Team Stargate Worlds at Buttonwillow Raceway, logging nearly 400 miles in cool weather conditions aboard the #78 machine that Simona de Silvestro took to four victories and third in points this year. The team, which is based at Buttonwillow, reported that 20-year old Christodoulou managed to work up to speed quickly and rarely put a wheel wrong over the two days.

“I was pleased,” engineer Burke Harrison reported, “He was very consistent and obviously has a lot of raw talent. The conditions here weren't great, but there was very little off-track drama at all and the feedback was good. We made progress on the balance of the car, especially the second day.

"I thought it was a very good test. That's the way I judge someone. We were trying stuff, we weren't just driving around, putting new tyres on and looking for a lap. We worked the day like you would a good test. He never got tired, the times were consistent, his feedback was good, he went out and got after it. All in all, it was a positive test.”

Christodoulou receives a free ride in the 2010 Atlantic Championship, the top rung of the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Driver Development Ladder, as part of his prize for winning the Star Mazda title, and the Briton was satisfied after his maiden run in one the series' cars.

“It's been really good,” Christodoulou said, “We never ran into and trouble and ended up just a fraction off Simona's time around here, so I think, for my second day in the car, it's gone extremely well.

"The team did an awesome job. We didn't have any problems on their part. I had one minor detour off the track but, apart from that, everything else ran smoothly. We've had two days of flat-out testing, and it's been quite cold, but it's been some good testing and it's been an enjoyable first experience in the Atlantic car. I've really enjoyed it.”

After a break for the holidays, both Team Stargate Worlds and Christodoulou expect to hit the Atlantic testing trail hard early in the New Year, with both expecting to participate in recently-confirmed series-sanctioned test at Sebring International Raceway on the weekend of 22-24 January.

While there are still a few more days left in 2009, all involved with the championship are already focused on the 2010 season, which is set to kick off at Sebring International Raceway on Friday 19 March as part of the festivities for the 58th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou tests with Team Stargate Worlds ahead of a possible Atlantic Championship campaign in 2010   [pic credit: Atlantic Championship]
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Tim Holle/IndyCar Media]
Tony Kanaan gets acclimated to his new car as mechanic Steve Namisnak makes adjustments to a mirror prior to a test at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan, left, and Charlie Kimball, center, compare notes during some downtime at a Chip Ganassi Racing test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan sits in his NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing car during a test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan discusses his car with engineer Eric Cowdin during a Chip Ganassi Racing team test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan prepares to test his NTT Data car at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan watches on as Charlie Kimball sits in his car during a Chip Ganassi Racing team test day at Sebring International Raceway on December 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dave Lewandowski for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Former F1 and CART star Juan Pablo Montoya testing with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway, Florida for his first time since exiting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Monday, November 25 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth tests an IZOD IndyCar Series car at Sebring International Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth tests an IZOD IndyCar Series car at Sebring International Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17 2013. (Photo Credit: John Hendrick for IndyCar Media)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.