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The 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will feature a $1 million prize to the series champion as part of $3 million in prize money, series officials announced today.

The $1 million champion’s prize is the most lucrative championship payout in a North American open-wheel driver development series. The driver who finishes second in the 2009 Atlantic Championship will receive $500,000, with the remaining $1.5 million to be paid out in per-event race purses.

“This is a significant prize package that should attract top drivers from all over the world to the Atlantic Championship this season,” said Atlantic Championship President Ben Johnston. “The $1 million champion’s prize…  More info 

Due to costs and the status of the economy NASCAR suspended testing this season, so the IndyCar Series is also cutting back.

Announcing a new testing policy, IndyCar Series teams will be allowed six private test days for 2009 with limitations on the numbers of miles and sets of tires based on the team’s number of full-time cars.

“Our 2009 testing policy strikes a fair balance between controlling costs and maintaining a level playing field…  More info

John Force, driver of the Castrol Edge Ford Mustang Funny Car, heads into this weekend’s 2009 Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., with four career victories in the season-opening event. Force, who has a record 126 career victories and 14 championships, reflects on his team’s 2008 accomplishments and looks ahead to this year.

CAN YOU CONTRAST WHERE THE TEAM IS RIGHT NOW TO WHERE IT WAS A YEAR AGO THIS TIME? “Well, we’re in the middle of change right now…  More info

Does anyone know how the rash of “Day In The Life” videos got started anyway? Not that it’s truly important, but I seem to notice it popping up more and more these days. I hate to even bring it up, but did it start with the BMX version of 411 video magazine? Remember that thing? Good in theory, good riding, good people, good music and pretty good videos all around. But since the people behind the project weren’t BMXers, it sometimes didn’t translate so well. Remember the infamous Brian Castillo bow-legged table cover?

The cover that basically told everyone in BMX, “411 doesn’t know what they’re doing.” I mean, we all know Castillo can lay a proper tabletop any day of the week in his sleep…  More info