ACO, IMSA agree to delay ALMS rule changes

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The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today an agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) that will now delay the implementation of the new technical changes for the American Le Mans Series Prototypes. The ACO...

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today an agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) that will now delay the implementation of the new technical changes for the American Le Mans Series Prototypes.

The ACO gave its blessing to allow the LMP 900 and LMP 675 entries to enter the 2004 ALMS competition under 2003 ACO technical specifications.

IMSA administers the rules for the ALMS based on those of the ACO, the organizer body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. IMSA asked for the delay of the rules that would affect rear wing configurations and for the capacity of the fuel cells.

This concession will allow the ALMS Prototype teams to run under either the current regulations or the new 2004 ACO regulations.

Doug Robinson, Executive Director of IMSA, commented on the agreement, "Obtaining this consent from the ACO is consistent with the commitment we made to the competitors last year that their cars would not have to be changed for 2004.

"We greatly appreciate the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by Mr. (Jean-Claude) Plassart (new ACO President) and his willingness to work with us on this."

Adding to the positive news from the ACO came the announcement from Lola Cars today, Friday, January 16 that they plan to build a new sportscar model to compete in international endurance competition in 2005.

The new LMP2 Lola B05/40 will be eligible to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the new Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) as well as in ALMS.

Lola has been successful in the current ALMS LMP 675 Prototype and will look to expand on that success.

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