BRASELTON, Ga. (October 18, 2003) -- American Le Mans Series competitors have been allowed up to eight pre-selections for the 2004 running of 24 Hours of Le Mans, including four that will be earned in Saturday's running of the Petit Le Mans.
The American Le Mans Series is based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans and operates on an agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organizer of event. The ACO selects the 50 race teams that compete in the annual running of the world's most famous endurance race. Because of the relationship that exists between the American Le Mans Series and the ACO, race teams that regularly compete in ALMS events receive special consideration in the selection process.
The entrant of the winning Petit Le Mans car in each of the four classes of competition within the American Le Mans Series will be pre-selected for the 2004 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The classes include LMP 900, LMP 675, GTS and GT.
In addition, the entrant of the 2003 American Le Mans Series Team Championship in each class will be pre-selected for the 2004 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
If the entrant of the winning 2003 Petit Le Mans car in a category is the same as the 2003 ALMS champion, the second pre-selected entry may be awarded to another team of the category in accordance with the ACO and ALMS. The wording of the FIA Entrant's License and the make of car must remain the same as for the 2003 Petit Le Mans race.
To be eligible for pre-selection, cars must be in full compliance with the 2003 ACO regulations. All pre-selected competitors must compulsorily take part in the 2004 preliminary practice sessions at Le Mans in late April.