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was a formula race car
series with races throughout North America. It is often colloquially referred to as the Atlantic Championship
, Champ Car Atlantics
(after its former name), Toyota Atlantics
(due to the series' previous history of using Toyota-powered engines), or just Atlantics or Formula Atlantic
, although the latter two terms risk confusion with the Sports Car Club of America
's amateur Formula Atlantics division. The series used to be sanctioned by the Champ Car World Series
before that series ceased operations in 2008, with most of its races being support races for the Champ Car World Series. Sanctioning by IMSA
was announced June 23, 2008.
As of March 3, 2010, the series is on hiatus, with its president citing difficult global economic conditions.
The Atlantics series is a developmental open-wheel
racing series in North America, also called a "ladder series." In 2005, a new factor was announced to solidify this reputation as the last series in which a driver will compete before moving to Champ Car
, or the highest levels of sports car racing such as American Le Mans
. A US$
2 million prize was announced for the winner of the 2006 racing season and future seasons, with the... Read More