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Atlantic reschedules testing for March

Sebring test moved closer to season-opener at same venue in bid to minimise cost and travel.

Atlantic Championship officials have announced that series-sanctioned pre-season testing has been rescheduled from 22-24 January to early March - at a venue to be determined.

The reason given for the change was to move the test closer to the beginning of the 2010 race calendar and minimise the amount of travel required for Atlantic teams, especially those based on the West Coast. The 2010 season gets underway on Friday 19 March at Sebring International Raceway.

“The feedback we received from a majority of our teams was that the January Sebring test was not practical for them,” said championship vice-president of operations John Brunner.

“We could have gone forward with the test this weekend, but participation would have been minimal. It is an expensive proposition for teams to travel cross-country, and the January test would require two cross-country trips.

"By moving the test to March, the teams can do the test and the race at Sebring in one trip. There is a significant amount of interest from drivers and teams to participate in the 2010 Atlantic Championship and we are confident that we will have a strong field at the test and throughout the season.”

Exact dates and the venue for the test will be announced as soon as possible. In 2009, the official series-sanctioned pre-season test took place the week prior to the Sebring season opener at Palm Beach International Raceway. Spanish rookie Borja Garcia was quickest on both days of the two-day test in his first exposure to North American open-wheel racing. He went on to finish seventh in the 2009 championship standings with three podium finishes.


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