Laguna Seca, Monterey Sports Car Championships fact sheet

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2001 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES EVENT FACT SHEET

EVENT: Monterey Sports Car Championships, Presented by Mazda (Third Annual) American Le Mans Series Round 7 of 8

LOCATION: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California 2.238-mile road racing circuit (11 turns)

WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 2001 - 12 noon (PDT)

LENGTH: Two hours, 45 minutes (timed event)

CARS: Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars: Le Mans Prototype (LMP) 900; LMP 675; Grand Touring Sport (GTS); Grand Touring (GT).

SANCTION: Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc.

TELEVISION: NBC Sports (Live) Airtime: 4:00 p.m. (EDT) Eurosport (Tape delay) Airtime: 22:00 (Central European Time), Sept. 16, 2001

RADIO: American Le Mans Series Radio Web (Live) http://www.americanlemans.com

TICKET INFO: Online: www.laguna-seca.com. Telephone: 1-800-327-7322.

SUPPORT RACES: Trans-Am Series for BFGoodrich Tires Cup; Historic IMSA GTP Series; SPEEDVISION World Challenge; Star Mazda Series.

SCHEDULE: Friday, September 7 12:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sanctioned ALMS Testing

Saturday, September 8 8:55 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes) 12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes) 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT) 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP 900 & 675)

Sunday, September 9 8:25 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ALMS Warm-up 12 noon - 2:45 p.m. Monterey Sports Car Championships Presented by Mazda

QUAL. RECORDS: LMP 900: 1:15.028 (107.384 mph) by Rinaldo Capello, Audi R8, 10/00. LMP 675: To be established (2001 event will be first at MRLS for LMP 675 class) GTS: 1:23.432 (96.567 mph) by Olivier Beretta, Dodge Viper GTS-R, 10/00. GT: 1:27.411 (92.171 mph) by Sascha Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 10/00.

2000 TOP 10 AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA

1.      Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello, Audi R8
2.      Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro, Audi R8
3.      JJ Lehto/Jorg Muller, BMW V12 LMR
4.      Bill Auberlen/Jean-Marc Gounon, BMW V12 LMR
5.      Stefan Johansson/Guy Smith, Reynard 2KQ-Judd
6.      Jon Field/Rick Sutherland, Lola B2K 10-Judd
7.      Wayne Taylor/Max Angelelli, Cadillac Northstar LMP
8.      Olivier Beretta/Karl Wendlinger, Dodge Viper GTS-R
9.      Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
10.     Tommy Archer/David Donohue, Dodge Viper GTS-R

2000 CLASS WINNERS AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA

LMP 900: Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello, Audi R8 (1st overall) GTS: Olivier Beretta/Karl Wendlinger, Dodge Viper GTS-R (8th overall) GT: Hans Stuck/Boris Said, BMW M3 (14th overall)

2000 MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA RACE STATS

TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 9.720 seconds LAPS COMPLETED BY WINNER: 119 for 266.322 miles MARGIN OF VICTORY: .352 second LMP 900 AVERAGE SPEED: 96.167 mph GTS AVERAGE SPEED: 87.996 mph GT AVERAGE SPEED: 84.194 mph

NOTES OF INTEREST Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, formerly known as Laguna Seca Raceway, has a long history of sports car racing and is one of the most popular stops on the American Le Mans Series schedule. The series has visited the scenic facility in each season since the formation of the series in 1999. The raceway is known for its exciting and challenging "corkscrew," a downhill series of left and right turns that sends electricity up the spine of even the most experienced drivers. In addition to the raceway, visitors enjoy the beautiful Monterey Peninsula area. This year's race weekend also brings back a touch of sports car racing history with an event for the Historic IMSA GTP Series, which will feature a strong field of some of the most famous sports cars of the old IMSA Camel GT era.

WEBSITES: The official website of the American Le Mans Series is located at www.americanlemans.com. Professional Sports Car Racing's website is www.professionalsportscar.com. The website for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is www.laguna-seca.com.

-ALMS

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Series ALMS
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Allan McNish , Guy Smith , Frank Biela , Boris Said , Karl Wendlinger , Ron Fellows , Andy Pilgrim , Wayne Taylor , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Tommy Archer , Jon Field , Sascha Maassen , David Donohue , Max Angelelli , Rick Sutherland , Jean-Marc Gounon , Olivier Beretta , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto