Grand Prix of Long Beach announcement

TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 'SUPER SATURDAY' TO AGAIN FEATURE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES IN 2008 LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 19, 2007) -- The fan-favorite American Le Mans Series is roaring back to the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,...

TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH 'SUPER SATURDAY' TO AGAIN FEATURE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES IN 2008

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 19, 2007) -- The fan-favorite American Le Mans Series is roaring back to the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 18-20, 2008.

The series, which features four powerful classes racing at once - including such famous marques as Audi, Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari, Acura and Mazda-- will top off the April 19 "Super Saturday" on-track activities with a 100-minute battle around the Grand Prix' famed 1.97-mile street circuit.

It will be part of an exciting Saturday that also includes the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Champ Car final qualifying, EZ Lube Team Drift Challenge on the track and the Tecate Rock-N-Roar Concert and Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant in the evening.

"Our fans have made it perfectly clear that the American Le Mans Series was one of the highlights of the 2007 weekend," said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. "As a result, we've created a Saturday-only reserved seat ticket to accommodate the growing number of ALMS fans who not only enjoy the best in sports car racing, but plan on remaining for our Saturday evening activities, which are free to race ticket holders."

The Saturday-only reserved seat ticket includes all-rows seating in grandstand #21 (in Turn 10) and grandstand 26 (at the start of the pit straightaway) for only $57.

"The Grand Prix of Long Beach has such great history," said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. "Its 34 years of tradition have made it America's premier street course race. It is more than just a race. It is an event. It is an experience. It is where the greatest street race culture in North America meets the most relevant race car culture in North America."

"Our drivers, team owners, manufacturers and corporate partners all felt our inaugural experience was an unqualified success and a great way to debut our series in Southern California. We look forward to coming back and making the Saturday show even better."

A full grid of American Le Mans Series cars.
Twenty-five starters took the green flag at the 2007 ALMS event in Long Beach, with Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard leading a sweep of the podium by LMP2-class Porsche Spyders. Sascha Maassen/Ryan Briscoe finished second, followed by Andy Wallace/Butch Leitzinger.

The American Le Mans Series
ALMS is halfway through a 12-race 2007 schedule which began at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March and culminates October 18-20 with the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ticket renewal packages will be mailed on July 27, with tickets on sale to the general public beginning October 5.

For more information about the 34th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, call toll-free, (888) 82-SPEED or visit www.gplb.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Sascha Maassen , Timo Bernhard , Ryan Briscoe , Jim Michaelian , Romain Dumas