APLMS: Australia out as site of eason-ending event

INDIANAPOLIS (June 7, 2001) -- There will not be a race in Australia this year for the American and European Le Mans Series, series founder Don Panoz has announced. "We've simply run out of time," said Panoz, who had spent the majority of the...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 7, 2001) -- There will not be a race in Australia this year for the American and European Le Mans Series, series founder Don Panoz has announced.

"We've simply run out of time," said Panoz, who had spent the majority of the last week in Australia trying to finalize arrangements for an event. "We can't keep the stakeholders of our series waiting any longer because it is not fair to them. We've elected at this time to not hold an Australian event in 2001."

Panoz was forced to try and relocate an event that had been scheduled for December in Adelaide, South Australia, after the South Australian government canceled the event earlier this year. The inaugural event, held in December of 2000, attracted a crowd of more than 140,000. Panoz and his Australian partner, Dean Rainsford, received offers from several locations around the country to hold a replacement event. While there was not sufficient time to finalize arrangements for an event in 2001, Panoz did not rule out a possible Australian race in the future.

The Australian race was to have been part of the new Asia Pacific Le Mans Series and would have been an invitational event featuring the top racing teams from both the American and European Le Mans Series.

The elimination of Australia is not expected to affect the Nov. 11 Asia Pacific Le Mans Series race that will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Panoz said that additional details of that event will be issued soon.

-ALMS

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Series ALMS , Road racing
Drivers Don Panoz