Road Atlanta: Fast facts

EVENT: Chevy presents Petit Le Mans (Seventh Annual) American Le Mans Series Round 8 of 9 LOCATION: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia 2.54-mile road racing circuit (12 turns) WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 12 noon (ET) LENGTH: 10 hours...

EVENT:
Chevy presents Petit Le Mans (Seventh Annual)
American Le Mans Series Round 8 of 9

LOCATION:
Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
2.54-mile road racing circuit (12 turns)

WHEN:
Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 12 noon (ET)

LENGTH:
10 hours or 1,000 miles

CARS:
Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars: Le Mans Prototype LMP1; LMP2; Grand Touring Sport (GTS); Grand Touring (GT).

SANCTION:
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)

TELEVISION:
SPEED Channel (Live)
Airtime: 11:30 a.m.- 12 noon (ET) Pre-Race Show
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET)
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (ET) post-race show
MotorsTV (Live)
Airtime: 17:30 (Central European Time)

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

TICKET INFO:
Online: www.americanlemans.com
Telephone: 1-800-849-7223.

SUPPORT RACES:
SPEED World Challenge (GT and Touring); Star Mazda Series; Panoz Racing Series, Tonka Super Truck Racing Series Exhibition

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, September 22
12:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Sanctioned ALMS Testing

Thursday, September 23
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ALMS Practice
2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. ALMS Practice
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ALMS Practice

Friday, September 24
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ALMS Practice
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT)
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP1 & LMP2)

Saturday, September 25
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. ALMS Warm-up
12:00 noon Start of race

QUAL. RECORDS:
LMP1: 1:10.379 (129.925 mph) by Allan McNish, Audi R8, 9/00.
LMP2: 1:11.883 (127.207 mph) by James Weaver, Lola EX257/AER MG (10/02).
GTS: 1:18.632 (116.289 mph) by Ron Fellows, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, 9/00.
GT: 1:22.604 (110.697 mph) by JJ Lehto, Finland, BMW M3 GTR, 10/01.

NOTES OF INTEREST
Established in 1998, Chevy presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta has quickly grown in stature to where it is now considered one of the top three sports car endurance racing events worldwide, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The race was designed to be a smaller or "Petit" version of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, bringing much of the European flavor of Le Mans to America, and to be a race that started in daylight hours and ended well after darkness had fallen. The inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998 was so successful that it led to the formation of the American Le Mans Series in 1999. The unique format of the race calls for 1,000 miles (394 laps) or 10 hours, whichever comes first. In the six previous editions of the Petit Le Mans, the longest event on time has been nine hours and 48 minutes in 1998, while the shortest on time has been eight hours and 56 minutes in 1999. One of the two biggest races on the ALMS schedule, Petit Le Mans is a "must attend" event for sports car racing fans around the country, as well as around the world, and attendance has steadily grown each year. Campers and fans are parked inside and all around the 2.54-mile track, many of them arriving very early in the week of the race.

WEBSITES:
The official website of the American Le Mans Series is located at www.americanlemans.com. The website for Road Atlanta is www.roadatlanta.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Allan McNish , James Weaver , Ron Fellows , JJ Lehto