ALMS, IMSA EXECUTIVES STAYING ACTIVE DURING OFFSEASON
Braselton, Ga. - Although racing is completed for 2005, there isn't much of an offseason for the American Le Mans Series' leadership. ALMS officials are involved with a bevy of meetings and trade shows this winter that should bolster the series for the coming years.
ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton embarks on an aggressive offseason schedule by attending the annual SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas. The event, hosted by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, each year showcases the automotive industry's newest technologies, products and trends.
That clientele goes hand-in-hand with the American Le Mans Series, the premier brand of motorsport in North America and the world. The ALMS is a series that prides itself on its technologically advanced cars, premium sponsors and partners, and an affluent audience and fan base.
Atherton says he will stress those points to existing ALMS stakeholders, as well as to potential new clients, during the four-day event that runs from Nov. 1-4. Many domestic manufacturers, suppliers, team owners and drivers will be among those attending.
"We will be surrounded by like-minded companies," Atherton said. "It's a target-rich environment and a ripe hunting ground for the American Le Mans Series. This gives us a chance not only to continue relationships we have built but also to cultivate and explore new ones."
On the other side of the globe, IMSA COO Tim Mayer will be in Paris for a Nov. 3 meeting of the FIA-GT commission, the body that approves the rules and regulations for GT racing sanctioned by the FIA. IMSA is the only North American sanctioning body and the ALMS the only racing series from North America to have representation on the commission.