2009 Atlantic Championship

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2009 Atlantic Championship season
Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda
Season
Races 12
Start date March 20
End date October 11
Awards
Drivers' champion United States 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.

Schedule[edit]

Round Race name Circuit City/Location Race date
1 United States Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring[1] Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 20
2 United States Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix[2] Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah May 17
3 United States Mazda Formula X – Race 1[1] New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey June 13
4 United States Mazda Formula X – Race 2[1] June 14
5 United States Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut July 18
6 United States Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 1[1] Autobahn Country Club Joliet, Illinois July 25
7 United States Autobahn Grand Prix – Race 2[1] July 26
8 United States Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 8
9 Canada Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières[3] Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec August 16
10 Canada Grand Prix of Mosport[1] Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario August 30
11 United States Petit Le Mans[1] Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia September 26
12 United States 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 homologated for professional open wheel racing. A second race at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Autobahn Country Club were added instead.[5]

Drivers and teams[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed 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
United States Condor Motorsports 6 Spain Borja García[6] CJ Consulting missed Road Atlanta
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Laguna Seca only
7 France Max Lefèvre[7] DOTMOBiL
United States Conquest Racing 12 United Kingdom James Winslow[8] Sebring only
United States Matt Lee[9] Lime Rock only
21 Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch[10] Sebring only
United States Genoa Racing 17 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch[11] Quartier / Isomo / Shinokki missed Laguna Seca[12]
18 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets[13] Miller Motorsports Park only
Canada Robert Wickens[14] Mosport only
United Kingdom Greg Mansell Road Atlanta only
United Kingdom James Winslow[9] New Jersey, Mid-Ohio & Trois-Rivières
19 Lime Rock, Autobahn & Road Atlanta
United States Jonathan Summerton Left team after New Jersey
Canada Jensen MotorSport 1 Finland Markus Niemela Joined team at Autobahn
2 United States Matt Lee Sebring only
United Kingdom James Winslow Miller Motorsports Park only
Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez[9] New Jersey only
United States Barrett Mertins[15] Laguna Seca only
3 United States Michael Nacol Left team after Autobahn
Canada Eric Jensen Trois-Rivières & Mosport only
13 Autobahn race 2 only
United States Mathiasen Motorsports 26 United States Jonathan Bomarito[16] Sebring only[17]
United States Newman Wachs Racing 1 Finland Markus Niemelä[18] Mr. Jones / Nuclear Clean Air Energy / Entergy Left team after New Jersey
34 United States Jonathan Summerton Joined team at Lime Rock
36 United States John Edwards[19] MAZDASPEED / Nuclear Clean Air Energy / Entergy
United States Paladin Motorsports 45 United Kingdom James Winslow Laguna Seca Only
United States Polestar Motor Racing 35 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets[9] missed Miller Motorsports Park
66 United States Richard Zober[9] New Jersey, Lime Rock only
United States Team Stargate Worlds
operated by US RaceTronics[20]
77 United States Frankie Muniz[20] Stargate Worlds / Cheyenne Mountain Ent. / FireSky wrist surgery, missed 3 last races.
United States Jonathan Bomarito Stargate Worlds Road Atlanta & Laguna Seca only
78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[20] Stargate Worlds / Cheyenne Mountain Ent. / FireSky
C2 Class
United States Swan Racing 29 Turkey Ahsen Yelkin Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
68 United States Chris Lee Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
71 United States Michael Mällinen Mallinen Properties selected races
75 Turkey Sadat Yelkin Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring only
80 United States Hans Peter Mid-Ohio only
88 United States Mirl Swan Everclear Specialty Lubricants Sebring, Mid-Ohio only

Race results[edit]

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

Championship Standings[edit]

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 Class[edit]

Pos Driver SEB
United States
MIL
United States
NJ1
United States
NJ2
United States
LRP
United States
ACC1
United States
ACC2
United States
MID
United States
CTR
Canada
MOS
Canada
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
Points
1 United States John Edwards 1 2 5 6 2 1 1 9 2 2 3 1 182
2 United States Jonathan Summerton 3 6 1 2 4 2 11 1 3 1 1 2 182
3 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 5 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 10 2 10 176
4 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch 2 3 7 3 6 4 4 5 9 3 6 3 131
5 Estonia Tõnis Kasemets 7 5 6 7 5 5 3 10 4 6 9 4 103
6 Finland Markus Niemelä 12 9 4 4 9 10 6 4 5 5 5 5 98
7 Spain Borja García 6 DSQ 3 5 3 6 5 3 11 7 88
8 United Kingdom James Winslow 8 8 9 9 7 8 9 6 7 7 7 72
9 United States Frankie Muniz 10 4 8 8 10 7 7 8 6 62
10 France Max Lefèvre DNS 7 11 11 8 9 8 7 10 8 8 9 58
11 United States Jonathan Bomarito 13 4 8 19
12 Canada Eric Jensen 10 8 9 16
13 Latvia Harald Schlegelmilch 4 12
14 Canada Robert Wickens 4 12
15 United States Michael Nacol 11 10 13 13 12 DNS DNS 11
16 United States Barrett Mertins 6 8
17 Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 10 10 8
18 United States Richard Zober 12 12 11 7
19 United States Matt Lee 9 13 6
20 United Kingdom Greg Mansell 10 4
Pos Driver SEB
United States
MIL
United States
NJ1
United States
NJ2
United States
LRP
United States
ACC1
United States
ACC2
United States
MID
United States
CTR
Canada
MOS
Canada
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
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 Class[edit]

Pos Driver SEB
United States
MIL
United States
NJ1
United States
NJ2
United States
LRP
United States
ACC1
United States
ACC2
United States
MID
United States
CTR
Canada
MOS
Canada
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
Points
1 United States Michael Mällinen 5 1 1 1 1 93
2 United States Mirl Swan 1 DNQ 21
3 United States Hans Peter 2 17
4 Turkey Sadat Yelkin 2 16
5 Turkey Ahsen Yelkin 3 14
6 United States Chris Lee 4 12
Pos Driver SEB
United States
MIL
United States
NJ1
United States
NJ2
United States
LRP
United States
ACC1
United States
ACC2
United States
MID
United States
CTR
Canada
MOS
Canada
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
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.

Notes[edit]

  • 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 video[edit]

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."

References[edit]

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