Speed Channel To Review 2003 American Le Mans Series Season

BRASELTON, Ga. - Speed Channel will review the 2003 American Le Mans Series sports car racing season with a one-hour special to first air on Wednesday, December 17, on the cable television channel.

Leigh Diffey, anchor for Speed's coverage of the American Le Mans Series, will host the show, which will take a look back at champions and winners from the nine-event season.

The first airing will be at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on Dec. 17, with a second airing at 3 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18. A third airing will be at 9 a.m. on Dec. 18.

Speed Channel will kick off the 2004 season for the American Le Mans Series with live, flag-to-flag coverage of the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 20. Coverage begins with a 30-minute pre-race show at 10 a.m.

Speed will have live coverage of five American Le Mans Series races in 2004. In addition to Sebring, Speed will televise the debut race of the series at historic Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Ct., on July 5, as well as the return of the series to Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on July 25 and the Aug. 22 event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Sept. 25 will also be televised by Speed.

About the American Le Mans Series

The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road racing facilities. The series motto is "For the Fans" and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, BMW, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).