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    Champ Car Atlantic Championship to Re-Introduce Standing Starts in 2006



    LOS ANGELES, California (February 14, 2006) – With a brand new competition package and an influx of new teams and drivers, many aspects of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama will take on a fresh look and feel in 2006. At several events this season, however, North America’s top open-wheel development series will turn back the clock and resurrect a longtime staple of Atlantic racing. Stationary or “standing” starts at the beginning of races will make their reappearance at select events in 2006.

    With an expanded Atlantic field expected this season, series officials continue to determine the precise number of tracks where standing starts will be practical during the ’06 campaign. The popular, Formula One-style starts are more likely to take place on wider road course circuits. The first standing starts of the season are scheduled to take place in both races of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland doubleheader weekend, June 24-25 (Rounds 5 and 6) at the wide-open, 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport runway road course.

    “We’ve closely examined the re-introduction of standing starts in Atlantics and we’re prepared to do it on tracks where it’s feasible in 2006,” said Tony Cotman, Champ Car Vice President of Operations. “There are a number of factors that will help determine where we can institute standings starts, such as the number of cars in the field, the width of the track and the configuration of the circuit, but we plan on doing it at as many venues as possible, as long as it provides for safe and clean racing.”

    Standing starts were a longtime tradition in the Atlantic championship since the inception of the series in 1974. Atlantic stalwarts such as Bill Brack, Bobby Rahal, Gilles Villeneuve, Price Cobb, Keke Rosberg, Kevin Cogan and Howdy Holmes all earned victories in the early days of the series by taking the green flag from a stationary position on the starting grid. Atlantics first went to a rolling start at the series’ first oval race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1988. The championship continued to use standing starts at all road and street course events until the beginning of the 1999 season when Atlantics switched exclusively to rolling green-flag starts.

    “The tradition of standing starts has a long and rich history in the Atlantic championship,” said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. “Although we are entering a new era of competition in the Champ Car Atlantic series this season, we’ve listened to our fans and their desire to see standing starts return to the series. With the impressive number of entries and the high-level of competition we expect to see in Atlantics, adding standing starts at several events in 2006 will only add to the excitement and enhance what promises to be a very entertaining championship.”

    Series officials will unveil the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship car this evening at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Several other Atlantic and Champ Car special announcements are planned. To watch all of the action from tonight's festivities, log on to either www.champcaratlantic.com or www.champcarworldseries.com for the live webcast scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET.

    The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. Beginning its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2005 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. Competing in newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Cosworth engine riding on Yokohama ADVAN Racing Slicks, 2006 competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion’s bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.

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    I wish they would do it at Long Beach. I was there for what we all THOUGHT was going to be the last standing start for Atlantics at Laguna. They are a true spectacle when the grid is full, like its going to be this year.

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    • #3
      Seems to me this only makes sense if CC does the same thing with their starts.

      Don't get me wrong. I love standing starts! But I don't know why you would want to take the training experience of starts away from the Atlantic drivers if they are going to move up to a series that does flying starts.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tbyars
        Seems to me this only makes sense if CC does the same thing with their starts.

        Don't get me wrong. I love standing starts! But I don't know why you would want to take the training experience of starts away from the Atlantic drivers if they are going to move up to a series that does flying starts.
        I agree, and I think eventually (when the big series gets more than 18 on the grid), they'll both use a mixture of rolling/standing starts.

        You can deduct from the article that more than half of the races this year will still feature rolling starts, so any drivers moving up in 2007 would certainly be used to them.
        "Don't believe the hype!"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mesquite
          I agree, and I think eventually (when the big series gets more than 18 on the grid), they'll both use a mixture of rolling/standing starts.

          You can deduct from the article that more than half of the races this year will still feature rolling starts, so any drivers moving up in 2007 would certainly be used to them.
          Standing starts are cooler...

          but a HELL of a lot more dangerous.

          Bad idea.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tbyars
            Seems to me this only makes sense if CC does the same thing with their starts.

            Don't get me wrong. I love standing starts! But I don't know why you would want to take the training experience of starts away from the Atlantic drivers if they are going to move up to a series that does flying starts.
            Good point. Just for sake of argument, maybe they are trying this out and seeing how feasable it is at various tracks. I feel that maybe 1/2 the tracks could do this with little problem, with Cleveland probably the most forgiving. I also think Long Beach would work as the run down to Turn 1 would be the same as a flying start; and Road America, Edmonton, Montreal, and possibly Portland would also work very well. San Jose and Toronto would be doubtful, and not sure about Houston or Denver.
            If you break a vase and then glue it back together and the vase loses it's value, you do not get credit for fixing it. You get the blame for damaging it....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by al1234
              Standing starts are cooler...

              but a HELL of a lot more dangerous.

              Bad idea.
              Its not that big of a problem with small cars that arent even going to be moving that fast going into turn one. For ChampCars? Its a whole lot different. I love the Atlantic standing starts and cant wait to see them again, but ChampCar standing starts is just a bad idea, imo.

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              • #8
                Standing starts are great news for fans. I have seen several Atlantic standing starts over the years and they are spectacular when viewed up close,TV does not do them justice. However, they are more dangerous, 0 to 100mph, an old style(1600cc) Atlantic car was not much slower than a Champ car, the new Atlantic should be even quicker so they will be going plenty fast by T1 at most tracks. With grids of 30+ young hot shoes,somebody is going to stall...... Glad I'm not driving.
                Racing is life,everything that happens before or after is just waiting.

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                • #9
                  It's nice they are going back to their roots, but yes it'll be dangerous.

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