NBC TO TELEVISE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES RACE AT THE 2009 DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX

DETROIT, Mich. (October 3, 2008) -- The sleek and exotic sports cars of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will provide "must-see TV from the D" on Labor Day weekend 2009.

American Le Mans Series officials announced on Friday that NBC Sports will televise the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The race will air live from the Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit on Saturday, September 5, 2009 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The live network broadcast will not only bring significant exposure to the Grand Prix, the American Le Mans Series and its teams, drivers and sponsors, but it will also showcase the beauty of Belle Isle and the international appeal of the Detroit/Windsor region to a national television audience.

"With more than 30 world-class sports cars battling it out on Belle Isle we know the American Le Mans Series will put on quite a show for the fans, both at the track and watching on television," said Bud Denker, Event Chairman of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "It's great for our event, our partners and the entire metro Detroit and Windsor areas to have the opportunity to shine on the national stage that NBC will provide."

Featuring such established manufacturers as Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, Mazda, Panoz and Porsche battling wheel-to-wheel in four different racing classes, the American Le Mans Series will be making its third consecutive appearance at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in 2009. The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch will serve as Round 9 on the series' 11-race 2009 schedule. Detroit is one of only two ALMS races that will be televised by NBC next season and the only one on the network to air live. The Mid-Ohio event in early August will be broadcast on tape delay on NBC the day following the race.

Next year's race marks the first network ALMS broadcast from the Motor City, however, as the SPEED cable channel aired each of the previous two series races from Detroit. The balance of American Le Mans Series' 2009 races will be televised by ABC or SPEED.

Friday's announcement follows the news from earlier this week that the 2009 IndyCar Series race on Sunday, September 6 at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be broadcast live on the VERSUS Sports Network. With NBC and VERSUS providing live coverage on back-to-back days from Belle Isle, the Grand Prix will feature one of the strongest weekend TV broadcast lineups in motorsports in 2009.

About the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, whose chairman is Roger Penske. A special charitable organization has been established that enables all net proceeds raised by the Grand Prix to fund measures for the improvement and preservation of Belle Isle. Once again featuring the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will be held Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2009. To learn more about the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, please visit www.detroitgp.com.

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