Open test days at Road Atlanta announced

American Le Mans Series holding free test days at Road Atlanta. BRASELTON, Ga. (April 22, 2003) -- As a gesture of appreciation to the teams that have made a full-season commitment, and to fans who have supported the series and its events, the...

American Le Mans Series holding free test days at Road Atlanta.

BRASELTON, Ga. (April 22, 2003) -- As a gesture of appreciation to the teams that have made a full-season commitment, and to fans who have supported the series and its events, the American Le Mans Series is sponsoring two days of open testing at Road Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28.

Road Atlanta will be the site for the next race on the American Le Mans Series schedule, the June 27-29 Atlanta Grand Prix. The two-hour, 45-minute timed event will be televised live by CBS Sports and broadcast live by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web.

The test session at Road Atlanta will be open to the public at no charge and will be free to all ALMS Championship Incentive Plan entrants. The 2.54-mile circuit will be open for testing from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days, with a scheduled one-hour lunch break each day.

The American Le Mans Series always builds its schedule around the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famed French endurance racing event upon which the series is based. Many teams that compete in ALMS events also compete at Le Mans and are required to be in France for pre-practice on May 4, as well as the race on June 14-15. Therefore, the series is currently in its annual schedule break.

"While there are many American Le Mans Series teams going to Le Mans, there are also many that are not," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the ALMS. "This test will give the teams staying home the opportunity to get some track time during the break in our schedule and help prepare themselves for the Atlanta Grand Prix. It will also give the fans a chance to get a free sample of the cars and action they will see when a full American Le Mans Series grid convenes at Road Atlanta at the end of June."

Road Atlanta will also host the season finale for the American Le Mans Series, the sixth annual Petit Le Mans Oct. 15-18. The track is currently offering a special, discounted "Two Event Ticket," as well as separate tickets to both events. Information is available online at www.roadatlanta.com or by calling 1-800-849-RACE (7223).

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