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Toyota Atlantic adopts new points system
March 10, 2004

In keeping with the recently-announced Champ Car World Series points system, officials from the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama today announced that the series has adopted a similar system for the 2004 season.

Under the new system, a race winner will earn 31 points, followed by 27 points for second place. Positions three through 10 will be separated by two points per position, with third place being worth 25 points, fourth paying 23 points, fifth getting 21, and so on down to 11 points for a 10th place finish. Positions 11 through 20 will be separated by one point per position, with 10 points going to the 11th place finisher, nine points for 12th, down to one point for the 20th place finisher.

Bonus points will also be awarded in the same fashion as the Champ Car World Series, with one point awarded to the fastest qualifier in each road or street course qualifying session and one point going to the fastest qualifier at The Milwaukee Mile oval event.

Each driver who leads a lap will also earn a bonus point, and the driver who has the greatest improvement from their grid position to finishing position will also earn one point. A bonus point will also be awarded to the driver who posts the fastest lap in the race. The driver who leads the most laps in a race no longer receives a bonus point.

The recently-reinstated C2 category will use the same point system, with the exception of the bonus points for the greatest improvement from grid position to finishing position and fastest race lap. C2 drivers will not earn points toward the overall Toyota Atlantic title, but will compete for a separate C2 championship.

"As the Toyota Atlantic Championship is designed to prepare drivers and teams for Champ Car competition, it just makes sense to adopt the same points structure," said Vicki O'Connor, Toyota Atlantic managing director. "I believe this new system will bring additional excitement to our races by encouraging drivers to fight for every position on every lap. The fastest lap bonus point should also ensure that our drivers will run at a qualifying pace throughout each race. I'm excited to see how this new system impacts the 2004 championship."

Toyota Atlantic is North America's premier open-wheel development series. The series is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Among the drivers who have stepped up to Champ Car competition from Atlantic are 2003 Toyota Atlantic champion A.J. Allmendinger, as well as 2003 Champ Car competitors Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Roberto Moreno, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rodolfo Lavin. Past Champ Car champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr., Michael Andretti, Jacques Villeneuve, and Paul Tracy also have past Atlantic experience.
New Toyota Atlantic Points System
1st - 31 points 8th - 15 points
15th - 6 points
2nd - 27 points 9th - 13 points
16th - 5 points
3rd - 25 points 10th - 11 points
17th - 4 points
4th - 23 points 11th - 10 points
18th - 3 points
5th - 21 points 12th - 9 points
19th - 2 points
6th - 19 points 13th - 8 points
20th - 1 point
7th - 17 points 14th - 7 points

Fastest Qualifier (Road/Street Courses) - 1 point (each session)
Fastest Qualifier (Oval) - 1 point
Lap Leader - 1 point (per driver) Most Positions Gained -
1 point* Fastest Race Lap - 1 point*
* - Bonus points not awarded to C2 category.

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