ALMS Drivers Break Track Records at Road America Mazda Xtreme Street Tuner Display at the Race Track Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Aug. 22, 2004-American Le Mans Series driver Butch Leitzinger set a new track record in his qualifying session today...
ALMS Drivers Break Track Records at Road America
Mazda Xtreme Street Tuner Display at the Race Track
Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Aug. 22, 2004-American Le Mans Series driver Butch Leitzinger set a new track record in his qualifying session today at Road America; Audis took the top two places in the SPEED World Challenge GT Race; and Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Penn., won the first of two Formula Ford Zetec Championship Races. Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., finished second and remains second in the points chase, which will be decided Sunday. Michael McDowell, of Phoenix, Ariz., won the STAR Mazda race.
Butch Leitzinger set a new Road America track record Saturday winning the pole for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Road America 500. Leitzinger drove the Dyson Racing Lola 01/60-AER prototype to a lap of 1:51.893, averaging 130.239 mph, and breaking the previous record of 1:52.166 that was set in 2002 by Tom Kristensen. Leitzinger will co-drive with James Weaver in the timed event of two hours, 45 minutes as they seek their second consecutive win in the ALMS this season.
Sunday will mix colorful pageantry and race cars when the American Le Mans Series cars race at 1:00 p.m. As part of the fan activities, spectators will be allowed on the grid area on the race track before the start of the race to get photos of their favorite teams minutes before the green flag. Following the two hours and forty-five minute race, fans will again be allowed on the race track to enjoy the post-race celebration and a traditional Victory Circle for each of the four classes.
Gates open at 7 a.m., tickets are $45 for the day, and available at the gate. Children 12 and under and parking are free.
A regional stock car ladder series, the Mid-American Stock Cars and Super Trucks race at 8:50 a.m. Sounds and cars are combined in the Mazda Xtreme Street Tuner Display, which begins at 9:00 a.m. Spectators can drive their cars on the track beginning at 9:45 a.m. to get a preview of what the race drivers will see at several times their speed. Touring, the spectator session, is $50 for the car. SPEED World Challenge Touring cars will take to the track at 11:10 a.m. for a 50-minute race. The Stars of Karting will be competing on the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex, adding to the racing activities at Elkhart Lake.
The Formula Ford Zetec Championship will be decided with the second race of the weekend and the series' final of the season. The Tonka Super Truck Racing Series will again hold a demonstration for the truck.
Road America now is offering 2005 Season Tickets for $200, available on-line, www.roadamerica.com, or by telephone, 1.800.365.7223.