BRASELTON, Ga. (January 8, 2002) -- The American Le Mans Series has amended the lengths of some of its events for the 2002 season as a result of new input received from series television partners.

The sports car endurance racing series will hold 10 races at 10 different North American venues in the 2002 season, four of which are new to the series.

Events at Sears Point Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mosport International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be two hours and 45 minutes in length, as will new races on temporary circuits in Miami and Washington, D.C.

Other races will be at Sebring International Raceway (12 hours), Road America (500 miles), Road Atlanta (1,000 miles) and Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres (3 hours). NBC Sports, CBS Sports and SPEED Channel (formerly Speedvision) will televise ALMS events in 2002.

"Every major sport is occasionally called upon by television to make adjustments, and we are no different," said Andy Hall, Director of Media & Communications for the ALMS.

"By making these adjustments, we have assured our fans, participants and sponsors of live, flag-to-flag coverage of our events when they appear on SPEED Channel," he said. "And, our viewers will be able to see more live action in the races that appear on NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

"We're very proud of our 2002 schedule and look forward to starting the season," he said.

The 2002 American Le Mans Series season will open with the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, on March 16. SPEED Channel will broadcast live, flag-to-flag coverage.