Road racing returns to Texas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 28, 2000) -- After an absence of five years, professional road racing will return to the Fort Worth-Dallas area in force with the running of the Grand Prix of Texas at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 1-3. With racing ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 28, 2000) -- After an absence of five years, professional road racing will return to the Fort Worth-Dallas area in force with the running of the Grand Prix of Texas at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 1-3.

With racing events for five series, as well as practice and qualifying events, the Grand Prix of Texas will mark the launching of the new infield road course at Texas Motor Speedway. The road course incorporates part of the 1.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway with a twisting, turning circuit that cuts through part of the speedway's infield.

Adding more glitter to a sparkling weekend of road racing, the feature event of the weekend for the American Le Mans Series will be run under the lights on Saturday night, September 2. The two-hour, 45-minute race will start at 7 p.m.

The American Le Mans Series, which includes three classes of race cars competing together, is in its second year but carries on a long and rich tradition of American and European road racing. The series features cars and drivers that compete in some of the world's most prestigious events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring.

The ALMS comes to Texas following the closest finish in series history, when the Audi team of drivers Dindo Capello and Allan McNish nipped the BMW duo of series point leader Jorg Muller and J.J. Lehto by only .143 second in the most recent ALMS event at the Mosport circuit in Canada.

The Grand Prix of Texas begins on Friday, September 1, with practice and provisional qualifying for the ALMS, as well as practice for the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series, Speedvision World Challenge Series, Star Mazda Series, and Women's Global GT Series. The Women's Global GT Series, North America's only professional racing series for women, will run a 45-minute event at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3. Feature races will also be held Sunday for the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series, the Speedvision World Challenge and the Star Mazda Series.

The Fort Worth-Dallas area has a brief, but storied, history of road racing that includes a 1984 Formula One event in the Fair Park area of Dallas, as well as street circuit events through downtown Dallas in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Road races were also held at a course in Lewisville in the early 1980's and the Addison Airport in the early 1990's.

Four current ALMS drivers are part of the Fort Worth-Dallas area road racing history due to scoring wins in past events. Tommy Archer won on the old Dallas Fair Park course in 1988, while Peter Cunningham (1993, 1994), Ron Fellows (1994, 1996) and David Murray (1996) were past winners on the downtown Dallas street circuit.

The American Le Mans Series race will be televised by NBC on a tape-delay basis at 3:00 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, Sept. 3. The event will be televised on a delay basis in Europe on Eurosport on September 4. A replay will air in North America on SPEEDVISION at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Qualifying and live flag-to-flag coverage of the race will also be carried by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Allan McNish , J.J. Lehto , Ron Fellows , Jorg Muller , Tommy Archer , Peter Cunningham , David Murray , Dindo Capello