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2009 American Championship Car season
Series  : Atlantic Championship
Champion : USAflagsmall John Edwards
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The 2009 IMSA Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship season was the thirty-sixth Atlantic Championship season. It was the first full season of the Championship under the sanctioning of the International Motor Sports Association. After a three-way title battle into the final round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, John Edwards became the series' youngest champion, beating Jonathan Summerton on a tie-breaker, after both drivers finished on 182 points. They also finished tied on four victories, but Edwards broke the tie with four second place finishes compared to Summerton's three.

ScheduleEdit

Round Race Name Circuit City/Location Race Date
1 USAflagsmall Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring[1] Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 20
2 USAflagsmall Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix[2] Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah May 17
3 USAflagsmall Mazda Formula X – Race 1[1] New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey June 13
4 USAflagsmall Mazda Formula X – Race 2[1] June 14
5 USAflagsmall Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut July 18
6 USAflagsmall Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 1[1] Autobahn Country Club Joliet, Illinois July 25
7 USAflagsmall Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 2[1] July 26
8 USAflagsmall Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 8
9 25px-Canadaflag Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières[3] Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec August 16
10 25px-Canadaflag Grand Prix of Mosport[1] Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario August 30
11 USAflagsmall Petit Le Mans[1] Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia September 26
12 USAflagsmall Monterey Sports Car Championships[4] Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California October 11

Seven rounds are held jointly with the American Le Mans Series: Sebring, Miller, Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Mosport, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.

The series planned to open its season on a road course on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Georgia on March 15. The race was postponed until 2010, as further work on the track was required before it could be homolgated for professional open wheel racing. A second race at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Autobahn Country Club were added instead.[5]

Drivers and TeamsEdit

The following teams and drivers are confirmed to be competing in the 2009 Atlantic Championship. All teams are using the Swift 016.a chassis powered by a Mazda-Cosworth MZR 2.3-litre inline-4 engine and Cooper tires. C2 Class teams use the Swift 014.a chassis.

Team No Drivers Sponsor Notes
USAflagsmall Condor Motorsports 6 22px-Flag of Spain Borja García[6] CJ Consulting missed Road Atlanta
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Frédéric Vervisch Laguna Seca only
7 22px-Flag of France Max Lefèvre[7] DOTMOBiL
USAflagsmall Conquest Racing 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Winslow[8] Sebring only
USAflagsmall Matt Lee[9] Lime Rock only
21 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias Latvia22x20px}}|Template:Country alias Latvia]] Harald Schlegelmilch[10] Sebring only
USAflagsmall Genoa Racing 17 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Frédéric Vervisch[11] Quartier / Isomo / Shinokki missed Laguna Seca[12]
18 22px-Flag of Estonia Tõnis Kasemets[13] Miller Motorsports Park only
25px-Canadaflag Robert Wickens[14] Mosport only
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Greg Mansell Road Atlanta only
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Winslow[9] New Jersey, Mid-Ohio & Trois-Rivières
19 Lime Rock, Autobahn & Road Atlanta
USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton Left team after New Jersey
25px-Canadaflag Jensen MotorSport 1 22px-Flag of Finland Markus Niemela Joined team at Autobahn
2 USAflagsmall Matt Lee Sebring only
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Winslow Miller Motorsports Park only
25px-Mexicoflag Davíd Garza Pérez[9] New Jersey only
USAflagsmall Barrett Mertins[15] Laguna Seca only
3 USAflagsmall Michael Nacol Left team after Autobahn
25px-Canadaflag Eric Jensen Trois-Rivières & Mosport only
13 Autobahn race 2 only
USAflagsmall Mathiasen Motorsports 26 USAflagsmall Jonathan Bomarito[16] Sebring only[17]
USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing 1 22px-Flag of Finland Markus Niemelä[18] Mr. Jones / Nuclear Clean Air Energy / Entergy Left team after New Jersey
34 USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton Joined team at Lime Rock
36 USAflagsmall John Edwards[19] MAZDASPEED / Nuclear Clean Air Energy / Entergy
USAflagsmall Paladin Motorsports 45 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Winslow Laguna Seca Only
USAflagsmall Polestar Motor Racing 35 22px-Flag of Estonia Tõnis Kasemets[9] missed Miller Motorsports Park
66 USAflagsmall Richard Zober[9] New Jersey, Lime Rock only
USAflagsmall Team Stargate Worlds
operated by US RaceTronics[20]
77 USAflagsmall Frankie Muniz[20] Stargate Worlds / Cheyenne Mountain Ent. / FireSky wrist surgery, missed 3 last races.
USAflagsmall Jonathan Bomarito Stargate Worlds Road Atlanta & Laguna Seca only
78 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[20] Stargate Worlds / Cheyenne Mountain Ent. / FireSky
C2 Class
USAflagsmall Swan Racing 29 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TUR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias TUR]] Ahsen Yelkin Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
68 USAflagsmall Chris Lee Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
71 USAflagsmall Michael Mällinen Mallinen Properties selected races
75 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TUR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias TUR]] Sadat Yelkin Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
80 USAflagsmall Hans Peter Mid-Ohio only
88 USAflagsmall Mirl Swan Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring, Mid-Ohio only

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Name Pole Position Fastest Lap Most Laps Led Winning Driver Winning Team
1 USAflagsmall Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring[1] USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
2 USAflagsmall Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix[2] 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall Team Stargate Worlds
3 USAflagsmall Mazda Formula X – Race 1[1] USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Genoa Racing
4 USAflagsmall Mazda Formula X – Race 2[1] 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 22px-Flag of Finland Markus Niemelä 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall Team Stargate Worlds
5 USAflagsmall Northeast Grand Prix 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall John Edwards 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall Team Stargate Worlds
6 USAflagsmall Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 1[1] USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
7 USAflagsmall Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 2[1] USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
8 USAflagsmall Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio[21] USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
9 25px-Canadaflag Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières[3] 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro USAflagsmall Team Stargate Worlds
10 25px-Canadaflag Grand Prix of Mosport[1] USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
11 USAflagsmall Petit Le Mans[1] USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing
12 USAflagsmall Monterey Sports Car Championships[4] USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall John Edwards USAflagsmall Newman Wachs Racing

Championship StandingsEdit

The point system was modified from previous years for the 2009 season.[22] Points are awarded as follows:

Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Points 20 16 14 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Bonus points will also be awarded for the fastest driver in a qualifying session (10 races will have two sessions), and most places gained during the race.
  • This means the maximum a driver can score is 21, as a driver cannot earn the most places gained point, if they've started from pole.
  • Only the driver's best eleven scores will count towards the championship.

Atlantic ClassEdit

Pos Driver SEB
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
NJ1
USAflagsmall
NJ2
USAflagsmall
LRP
USAflagsmall
ACC1
USAflagsmall
ACC2
USAflagsmall
MID
USAflagsmall
CTR
25px-Canadaflag
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
ATL
USAflagsmall
LAG
USAflagsmall
Points
1 USAflagsmall John Edwards 1 2 5 6 2 1 1 9 2 2 3 1 182
2 USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton 3 6 1 2 4 2 11 1 3 1 1 2 182
3 20px-Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 5 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 10 2 10 176
4 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Frédéric Vervisch 2 3 7 3 6 4 4 5 9 3 6 3 131
5 22px-Flag of Estonia Tõnis Kasemets 7 5 6 7 5 5 3 10 4 6 9 4 103
6 22px-Flag of Finland Markus Niemelä 12 9 4 4 9 10 6 4 5 5 5 5 98
7 22px-Flag of Spain Borja García 6 DSQ 3 5 3 6 5 3 11 7 88
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Winslow 8 8 9 9 7 8 9 6 7 7 7 72
9 USAflagsmall Frankie Muniz 10 4 8 8 10 7 7 8 6 62
10 22px-Flag of France Max Lefèvre DNS 7 11 11 8 9 8 7 10 8 8 9 58
11 USAflagsmall Jonathan Bomarito 13 4 8 19
12 25px-Canadaflag Eric Jensen 10 8 9 16
13 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias LAT22x20px}}|Template:Country alias LAT]] Harald Schlegelmilch 4 12
14 25px-Canadaflag Robert Wickens 4 12
15 USAflagsmall Michael Nacol 11 10 13 13 12 DNS DNS 11
16 USAflagsmall Barrett Mertins 6 8
17 25px-Mexicoflag Davíd Garza Pérez 10 10 8
18 USAflagsmall Richard Zober 12 12 11 7
19 USAflagsmall Matt Lee 9 13 6
20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Greg Mansell 10 4
Pos Driver SEB
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
NJ1
USAflagsmall
NJ2
USAflagsmall
LRP
USAflagsmall
ACC1
USAflagsmall
ACC2
USAflagsmall
MID
USAflagsmall
CTR
25px-Canadaflag
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
ATL
USAflagsmall
LAG
USAflagsmall
Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue 11th place or lower
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn (Wth)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Driver replacement (Rpl)
Injured (Inj)
No race held (NH)

C2 ClassEdit

Pos Driver SEB
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
NJ1
USAflagsmall
NJ2
USAflagsmall
LRP
USAflagsmall
ACC1
USAflagsmall
ACC2
USAflagsmall
MID
USAflagsmall
CTR
25px-Canadaflag
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
ATL
USAflagsmall
LAG
USAflagsmall
Points
1 USAflagsmall Michael Mällinen 5 1 1 1 1 93
2 USAflagsmall Mirl Swan 1 DNQ 21
3 USAflagsmall Hans Peter 2 17
4 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TUR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias TUR]] Sadat Yelkin 2 16
5 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TUR22x20px}}|Template:Country alias TUR]] Ahsen Yelkin 3 14
6 USAflagsmall Chris Lee 4 12
Pos Driver SEB
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
NJ1
USAflagsmall
NJ2
USAflagsmall
LRP
USAflagsmall
ACC1
USAflagsmall
ACC2
USAflagsmall
MID
USAflagsmall
CTR
25px-Canadaflag
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
ATL
USAflagsmall
LAG
USAflagsmall
Points
  • Polesitters are denoted in bold. Polesitters are determined by the fastest overall lap in qualifying, and one point is awarded at each round.
  • Driver in italics has gained the most places in a round. One point is awarded at each round.

NotesEdit

  • At round one, no hard charger point was awarded in the C2 Class as no drivers changed positions over the 19-lap duration.[23] This also occurred at rounds two, three and four, but on these occasions due to only one car taking part.

Television and other videoEdit

For the 2009 season, a new Atlantic Championship high definition television package was announced on HDNet, which features live coverage of certain events, and replays of others.[24]

Web video of events has also historically been available on the series website, and the series also has its own official YouTube channel under the username "AtlanticRacingSeries."

ReferencesEdit

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