The 2008 Champ Car Atlantic Championship schedule will feature two stand-alone races among its twelve dates, while the idea of a non-championship finale has been resurrected following the collapse of this year's Phoenix initiative.

The championship, which will celebrate its 35th season next year, has added rounds at the historic Trois-Rivieres circuit in Canada and the new Miller Motorsport Park in Utah to its other more established dates, while the non-championship finale will take place alongside the Champ Car showdown at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City in early November.

Trois-Rivi?res returns to the calendar for the first time since 2003, taking the Atlantics back to a circuit made famous by the exploits of local favourite Gilles Villeneuve, and will serve as the feature race at a mid-August racing festival, pending city council approval later this month.

The first Atlantic event at Miller Motorsports Park, outside Salt Lake City, follows on 21 September, and will bring the curtain on the championship season.

"The schedule reflects the growth of the championship," team owner Derrick Walker commented, "Atlantics is a sister to Champ Car and, in recent years, it has gone only where Champ Car has gone - same weekend, same place - but, because of the popularity of the series, it needs to go other places. Having additional stand-alone races is a reality of the need to grow Atlantics in different places. I think the two additions are quite good and, overall, the Atlantic Series mirrors Champ Car's objectives."

The rest of the schedule is made up of visits to regular haunts, with a double-header weekend at Portland interspersing single rounds at venues as diverse as Long Beach - which opens the campaign in April - Laguna Seca and the airports of Cleveland and Edmonton.

"2008 looks to be a great season," claimed Robert Davis, senior VP at Mazda North America, "This will be the third year of our powering the Atlantic Championship cars, and we are especially looking forward to the May race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Atlantics is the top rung of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder for open-wheel racers and we are happy to see so many of our alums making it to the Champ Car World Series."

The full Cooper Tyres presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda schedule is as follows:

April 20Long Beach
April 27Houston
May 18Laguna Seca
June 22Cleveland
June 29Mont-Tremblant
July 6Toronto
July 20Edmonton
July 27Portland*
August 10Road America
August 17Trois-Rivi?res**
September 21Miller Motorsports Park
November 9Mexico City***

all dates pending ACCUS/FIA Approval

* denotes double-header; ** event pending City Council approval; *** non-championship event

 

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