Four Days of Six Sizzling Series Come to Road America
ROAD AMERICA, Elkhart Lake, WI (August 11, 2005) -- The Generac 500 at Road America, August 18-21, 2005, will host six series: ALMS, IMSA GT3, Skip Barber, Star Mazda, Trans-Am and Toyota Atlantic presented by BosPoker.
The featured event is the Generac 500 ALMS race which is the 7th round of the America Le Mans Series. Teams from four classes are challenged in a two hour, 45 minute sprint battle. Returning champions include JJ Lehto, Marco Werner, Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell. Local racers to watch are Saukville native Jamie Bach in the ALMS LMP2 class, and Oshkosh native Chris Prey in the Toyota Atlantics Series. Race 1 of the Skip Barber National Championship will be held Friday.
On Saturday the Star Mazda race will be followed by the second Skip Barber race. On Sunday the race line-up includes the Trans-Am Series, Toyota Atlantic presented by BosPoker, the Generac 500 for the American Le Mans Series and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge. Throughout the weekend the 500 Tent in the paddock will pay homage to Augie Pabst and Bill Wuesthoff, 1963 winners of the Road America 500. Footage from that race and the winning Elva Porsche will be displayed.
Pabst, Wuesthoff and other 2005 racers will hold fan forums and tech talks in the tent Friday through Sunday. Other great fan attractions include touring sessions, the Klein Tools Air Show and Pit Stop Challenge, autograph sessions, Corvette and Porsche Parade Laps, Drifting Demonstrations, the Mazda Extreme Street Tuner Parade Lap, NAST (National Association of Show Trucks) Show Truck Glow Saturday at dusk.
As always fans can enjoy helicopter rides, the Piggly Wiggly Family Pig Zone, fantastic views, and the best food on the racing circuit. The Tour de Road America returns for the second year to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. On Saturday evening, pre-registered participants can bike around the track with other fans, racers and celebrities.
The Race to Feed the Hungry Salvation Army food drive asks fans to donate $5 in non-perishable food items. In exchange they will receive free Thursday admission or $10 off their Generac 500 ticket. Admission is $10 Thursday, $20 Friday, $40 Saturday and $45 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Races run rain or shine. For more information, go to www.roadamerica.com or call 800/365-7223.