AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES TO RACE INTO THE EVENING AT MONTEREY SPORTS CAR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Four-Hour Race To Be Held Saturday, October 21; Plenty Of On-Track Action Throughout October 20-22 Weekend

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 6, 2006) -- The Monterey Sports Car Championships will feature a four-hour American Le Mans Series race into the evening on Saturday, October 21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but fans returning for the final day of the October 20-22 event will find plenty to see and do as the SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring classes, IMSA GT3 Cup, Star Mazda Series and Super Stars of Super Karts will help provide world-class racing throughout the fall classic.

The American Le Mans Series class championships will be officially crowned following the 2:45-6:45 p.m. spectacle that has become a Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca tradition since the evening race began in 2004.

The weekend will officially begin on Friday, October 20 when the Star Mazda Series takes the track for their first practice session at 8:00 a.m. The American Le Mans Series, led by the LMP1 Champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Audi R10 TDI diesel prototype, will turn laps on the 2.238-mile road course at 9:50 a.m following practice sessions from both SPEED World Challenge classes.

The four classes of the American Le Mans Series will qualify for Saturday's race beginning at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, October 20.

In addition to the American Le Mans Series race on Saturday, October 21, the day's schedule also includes qualifying sessions for all other support series events and the Star Mazda Series race at 11:35 a.m.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, October 22 with the SPEED World Challenge Touring race at 10:30 a.m., the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge race at 11:40 a.m., the SPEED World Challenge GT race at 2:00 p.m., and the Superstars of Super Karts race at 3:10 p.m.

Tickets and more information for the Monterey Sports Car Championships, the final event on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 50th Season of Racing calendar, are available by calling (800) 327-SECA or on-line at www.laguna-seca.com.

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