Driver point system amended

American Le Mans Series Point System Amended To Further Recognize Individual Driver Performance CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 9, 2002) -- The system used to determine driving championships in the American Le Mans Series has been amended for the ...

American Le Mans Series Point System Amended To Further Recognize Individual Driver Performance

CLEARWATER, Fla. (March 9, 2002) -- The system used to determine driving championships in the American Le Mans Series has been amended for the 2002 season to further recognize the results achieved by individual drivers, officials have announced.

While points for finishing positions will be awarded using the same scale as has been used in the first three years of the series, the system of bonus points has been amended for the driving championships in the four classes of race cars within the series. All 10 events on the series schedule will count toward the championship.

Under the amended system, one bonus championship point will be awarded to the fastest qualifying driver in each class for each race. Additionally, the driver in each car who meets the minimum and maximum driving limits for the race and drives the most laps in the car will get one bonus point toward the driver's championship.

"These amendments to the bonus point system are meant to recognize the drivers who have contributed the most to the results of their team during the course of a race weekend," said Dennis Huth, President of IMSA, the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series.

In other sports, rewards go to individuals performing within a team," Huth said. "For example, basketball players are recognized and rewarded for scoring the most points or getting the most rebounds, both individual accomplishments within the framework of a team.

"In our form of racing, being the fastest qualifier in class and driving the most laps in the race are accomplishments worthy of rewards in the form of bonus points toward the driver's championship," Huth said.

The American Le Mans Series honors champions and award winners in several categories, including driver, team and manufacturer. Each category is honored in all four classes of the ALMS (LMP 900, LMP 675, GTS and GT).

In the two Prototype classes, championships are contested for drivers, teams, chassis manufacturers, engine manufacturers and tire manufacturers. In the GTS and GT classes, drivers, teams, automobile manufacturers and tire manufacturers compete for championships. Point standings are tallied and maintained by IMSA.

The 2002 American Le Mans Series season begins with the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on Saturday, March 16.

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