Sears Point fact sheet

<pre> 2001 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES EVENT FACT SHEET EVENT: The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma (Third Annual) American Le Mans Series Round 3 of 9 LOCATION: Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma,...

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2001 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES EVENT FACT SHEET

EVENT: The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma (Third Annual) American Le Mans Series Round 3 of 9

LOCATION: Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA 2.52-mile road racing circuit (11 turns)

WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 12 noon (PDT)

LENGTH: Two hours, 45 minutes (timed event)

CARS: Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars: Le Mans Prototype (LMP) 900; LMP 675; Grand Touring Sport (GTS); Grand Touring (GT).

SANCTION: Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc.

CONTACTS: Andy Hall, American Le Mans Series (317) 295-3500 John Cardinale, Sears Point Raceway (707) 938-8448

TELEVISION: NBC Sports LIVE Airtime: 4:00 p.m. (EST), Sunday, July 22, 2001 Eurosport (Tape delay) Airtime: 20:30 (Central European Time), March 11, 2001

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

SUPPORT RACES: Trans-Am Series for BF Goodrich Tires Cup; Historic IMSA GTP Series; Speedvision World Challenge; Star Mazda Series; Russell Racing Series

SCHEDULE:       Friday, July 20
        8:00 a.m. - 6:40 p.m.  Sanctioned Test Day

Saturday, July 21 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes) 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes) 4:55 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT) 5:25 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP 900 & 675)

        Sunday, July 22
        8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   ALMS Warm-up
        12:00 noon - 2:45 p.m.   The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma

QUAL. RECORDS: LMP 900: 1:20.683 (112.440 mph) by Allan McNish, Audi R8, 7/00. LMP 675: To be established (2001 event will be first at TMS for LMP 675 class) GTS: 1:30.621 (100.109 mph) by Olivier Beretta, Dodge Viper GTS-R, 7/99. GT: 1:35.707 (94.789 mph) by Dirk Muller, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 7/00.

2000 TOP 10 AT SEARS POINT

1. Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello, Audi R8 2. Emanuele Pirro/Frank Biela, Audi R8 3. JJ Lehto/Jorg Muller, BMW V12 LMR 4. Jean-Marc Gounon/Bill Auberlen, BMW V12 LMR 5. David Brabham/Jan Magnussen, Panoz LMP-1 6. Jon Field/Rick Sutherland, Lola B2K-Judd 7. Guy Smith/Stefan Johansson, Reynard 2KQ-Judd 8. David Donohue/Tommy Archer, Dodge Viper GTS-R 9. Olivier Beretta/Karl Wendlinger, Dodge Viper GTS-R 10. Dirk Muller/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3R

2000 CLASS WINNERS AT SEARS POINT

LMP 900: Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello, Audi R8 (1st overall) GTS: David Donohue/Tommy Archer, Dodge Viper GTS-R (8th overall) GT: Dirk Muller/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 R (10th overall)

2000 SEARS POINT RACE STATS

TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 31.336 seconds LAPS COMPLETED BY WINNER: 114 for 287.28 miles MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1 lap LMP 900 AVERAGE SPEED: 103.510 mph GTS AVERAGE SPEED: 91.392 mph GT AVERAGE SPEED: 90.019 mph LAP LEADERS: Allan McNish 1-36, Emanuele Pirro 37-38, McNish 39-77, Rinaldo Capello 78-114.

The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma will re-launch the 2001 American Le Mans Series season. The series has been idle since the Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring in March so that race teams could travel to Europe to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Entrants at Sears Point will include the Audi Sport North America group that took the top two finishing positions last month at Le Mans, as well as Corvette Racing, winner of the GTS class in France. Among the drivers will be Ron Fellows and Boris Said, who competed in last month's NASCAR Winston Cup race at the raceway. Sears Point Raceway has hosted a race for the American Le Mans Series every year since the formation of the series in 1999. The ALMS will run the full 2.52-mile "long" course at Sears Point, not the shorter course used by NASCAR last month. The X-Factor is a new line of prepaid cellular phone products and pre-paid phone cards that are being launched in the San Francisco area in conjunction with the ALMS event at Sears Point.

-ALMS

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Dirk Müller , Jan Magnussen , Allan McNish , Guy Smith , Frank Biela , Boris Said , Karl Wendlinger , Ron Fellows , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Tommy Archer , Jon Field , David Donohue , Rick Sutherland , Jean-Marc Gounon , Olivier Beretta , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto
Teams Corvette Racing