2008 Atlantic Championship.............

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Postby mlittle » Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:47 am

Long Beach Saturday Combined Practice Top-10.......................
1} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts...................1:16.077 sec
2} Alan Sciuto, Genoa Racing....................................1:16.289 sec
3} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts.......................1:16.402 sec
4} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing..........................1:16.449 sec
5} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing.....................1:16.518 sec
6} Dane Cameron, Genoa Racing..............................1:16.519 sec
7} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic..............................1:16.529 sec
8} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational............................1:16.645 sec
9} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts...............................1:16.662 sec
10} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing................1:16.669 sec
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Bomarito remains on point for Sunday's race........

Postby mlittle » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:15 am

Long Beach Qualifying Top-10.........................
1} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts......................1:15.947 sec
2} Simona de Silvestro, NW Racing..............................1:16.089 sec
3} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts.........................1:16.127 sec
4} Alan Sciuto, Genoa Racing......................................1:16.240 sec
5} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing..................................1:16.270 sec
6} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing............................1:16.280 sec
7} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing.....................1:16.296 sec
8} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing.......................1:16.322 sec
9} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational...............................1:16.410 sec
10} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic...............................1:16.418 sec
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The Swiss Miss takes the win at the Beach..........

Postby mlittle » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:45 am

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While she didn't lead the bulk of the laps in this afternoon's Atlantic Championship race at Long Beach, Newman-Wachs Racing driver Simona de Silvestro led the ones that counted, winning by just over a second over Genoa Racing's Alan Sciuto. Starting on the front-row, the Thun, Switzerland native held station behind polesitter Jonathan Bomarito, taking advantage of a stuck gearbox on Bomarito's car to grab the lead and it was lights out on the field, holding off late challenges from both Sciuto; rounding out the podium was Walker Racing's Kevin Lacroix.......here are the top-10 from a sunny Long Beach........

1st} Simona de Silvestro, Newman-Wachs Racing............38 laps
2nd} Alan Sciuto, Genoa Racing.....................................-1.285 sec
3rd} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing.................................-2.256 sec
4th} Jonathan Summerton, Newman-Wachs Racing.........-2.983 sec
5th} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts.....................-4.605 sec
6th} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational..............................-5.839 sec
7th} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing....................-6.772 sec
8th} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts.................................-8.390 sec
9th} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing......................-9.242 sec
10th} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic.............................-9.792 sec
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Postby mlittle » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:27 am

Current 2008 Atlantic Championship Standings..........................

1st} Simona de Silvestro, Newman-Wachs Racing, 32 pts(1)
2nd} Alan Sciuto, Genoa Racing, 27 pts
3rd} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing, 25 pts
4th} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts, 24 pts
5th} Jonathan Summerton, Newman-Wachs Racing, 23 pts
6th} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational, 19 pts
7th} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 17 pts
8th} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 16 pts
9th} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 13 pts
10th} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, 11 pts
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Hinchcliffe takes provisional pole at Laguna Seca........

Postby mlittle » Sat May 17, 2008 11:06 am

Under very warm, sunny conditions in the Monterey area, it was FCR-Atlantic's "Mayor of Hinchtown", a/k/a James Hinchcliffe, who grabbed the provisional pole for Sunday's Atlantic Championship race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca w/a blistering time of 1:17.541 sec.........following the Canadian were Walker Racing's Kevin Lacroix, Brooks Associates' Markus Niemala in 2nd and 3rd; final qualifying is set for Saturday afternoon.
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Near-perfect day for Hinchcliffe in Laguna Seca......

Postby mlittle » Mon May 19, 2008 12:28 pm

For "the Mayor of Hinchtown", it was a near-perfect day......he won the provisional pole Friday, the overall pole following qualifying on Saturday.....then ran a flawless race Sunday from the drop of the lights through to the checkers, capturing his first win since 2006. The only thing FCR-Atlantic driver James Hinchcliffe didn't do was set fast lap of the race, which was okay by him......he did, after all, win the race.

Top-10 from the Monterey hills..........................
1st} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic.........................34 laps
2nd} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts.................-2.391 sec
3rd} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts..........................-6.671 sec
4th} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing.............-13.027 sec
5th} Dominick Muermans, Condor Mtrspts................-18.404 sec
6th} Jonathan Summerton, Newman-Wachs..............-19.185 sec
7th} David Garza, Pacific Coast Mtrspts....................-21.053 sec
8th} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing................-21.946 sec
9th} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational........................-24.449 sec
10th} Simona de Silvestro, Newman-Wachs..............-25.195 sec
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Postby mlittle » Wed May 21, 2008 11:38 am

Current Atlantic Championship Standings.........................


1st} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic.............................44 pts(1 win)
t-2nd}[2]Simona de Silvestro, Newman-Wachs.............42 pts(1 win)
t-2nd}[3]Jonathan Summerton, Newman-Wachs............42 pts
4th} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts...............................41 pts
5th} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing..................40 pts
6th} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing................................31 pts
t-7th}[7]Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts.................28 pts
t-7th}[8]Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing................28 pts
t-9th}[9]Alan Sciuto, Genoa Racing...............................27 pts
t-9th}[10]Daniel Morad, EuroInternational......................27 pts
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Postby mlittle » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:37 pm

Mt. Tremblant Practice Session #1 top-5................
1} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:28.971 sec
2} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, 1:29.101 sec
3} David Garza, FCR-Atlantic, 1:29.223 sec
4} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing, 1:29.294 sec
5} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts., 1:29.299 sec

Mt. Tremblant Practice Session #2 top-5..................
1} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:28.764 sec*
2} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., 1:29.004 sec
3} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:29.035 sec
4} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing, 1:29.126 sec
5} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational, 1:29.301 sec
*--fastest time on Friday
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Postby mlittle » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:53 am

(from FR, 27 June 2008)
Mt. Tremblant Provisional Qualifying top-10..............................

1} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:28.805 sec*
2} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:29.064 sec
3} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., 1:29.316 sec
4} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, 1:29.389 sec
5} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing, 1:29.656 sec
6} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:29.914 sec
7} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing, 1:30.038 sec
8} Dane Cameron, Genoa Racing, 1:30.077 sec
9} Dominic Muermans, Condor Mtrspts., 1:30.087 sec
10} David Garza, FCR-Atlantic, 1:30.128 sec
*--provisional polesitter; under Atlantic Championship rules, Strous will start Sunday's race on row 1 regardless of Saturday's qualifying result
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Postby mlittle » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:11 am

Mt. Tremblant Practice Session #3 top-5....................
1} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing, 1:28.778 sec
2} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:28.885 sec
3} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:28.985 sec
4} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., 1:28.996 sec
5} Dane Cameron, Genoa Racing, 1:29.001 sec
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Postby mlittle » Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:46 am

Rainy weather sometimes benefits a driver......case in point, Condor Motorsports' Junior Strous, who notched his first career Atlantic Championship pole Saturday courtesy of the wet, rainy track conditions at Mt. Tremblant(the result of which being that FR's provisional times were used to set the grid, with the exception of P2, which went to Newman-Wachs' Jonathan Summerton who was fastest in Saturday qualifying).
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Postby mlittle » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:16 am

(from SU, 29 June 2008)
Atlantic Championship top-10 from the Sommet des' Legends..................
1st} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 30 laps
2nd} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, -0.148 sec
3rd} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., -0.399 sec
4th} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing, -0.668 sec
5th} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, -0.963 sec
6th} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing, -1.283 sec
7th} Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing, -1.769 sec
8th} David Garza, FCR-Atlantic, -2.297 sec
9th} Dane Cameron, Genoa Racing, -2.829 sec
10th} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts., -3.371 sec
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Postby mlittle » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:40 am

Current Atlantic Championship(top-10) Standings.............


1st} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts.,................................74 pts(1 win)
t-2nd}[2]James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic..........................67 pts(1 win)
t-2nd}[3]Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing...............67 pts
4th} Simona de Silvestro, NW Racing...............................55 pts(1 win)
5th} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts.,........................53 pts
6th} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing..............................51 pts
t-7th}[7]Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts.,................45 pts
t-7th}[8]Andreas Wirth, Brooks Assoc. Racing...................45 pts
9th} David Garza, FCR-Atlantic........................................41 pts
10th} Kevin Lacroix, Walker Racing..................................40 pts
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Postby mlittle » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:00 am

Edmonton Combined Practice top-5......................
1} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., 1:06.963 sec
2} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts., 1:07.255 sec
3} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, 1:07.326 sec
4} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:07.365 sec
5} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:07.592 sec


Interesting note..........this weekend the rising stars of the Atlantic Championship are sharing the track with the IndyCar Series; in the first Atlantic session, PCM's Skerlong set the fastest time of the session at 66.963 sec........in the IndyCar Series' first practice session, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves set a time in the 63 second range. Funny thing is, the IndyCar Series' Dallara/Honda racecars have 650hp, the Atlantic Swift/Cosworth racecars have 300hp............ :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby mlittle » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:10 pm

Edmonton Qualifying Session top-10...............................
1} James Hinchcliffe, FCR-Atlantic, 1:05.910 sec
2} Jonathan Bomarito, Mathiasen Mtrspts., 1:06.053 sec
3} Carl Skerlong, Pacific Coast Mtrspts., 1:06.302 sec
4} Dane Cameron, Genoa Racing, 1:06.327 sec
5} Markus Niemala, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:06.358 sec
6} David Garza, FCR-Atlantic, 1:06.392 sec
7} Daniel Morad, EuroInternational, 1:06.441 sec
8} Jonathan Summerton, NW Racing, 1:06.456 sec
9} Junior Strous, Condor Mtrspts., 1:06.470 sec
10} Tom Sutherland, Brooks Assoc. Racing, 1:06.798 sec
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