Sears Point: Friday morning notes

SONOMA, Calif. (May 16, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series cars will hit the reconfigured Sears Point Raceway on Friday for a day of unofficial testing for Sunday's Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Fosters Lager. Two hours of testing are on ...

SONOMA, Calif. (May 16, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series cars will hit the reconfigured Sears Point Raceway on Friday for a day of unofficial testing for Sunday's Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Fosters Lager.

Two hours of testing are on Friday's schedule, beginning with a session for GTS and GT cars at 11:45 a.m. LMP 900 and LMP 675 cars will join the others for a combined session from 12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m., and then the Prototypes will be alone on the track until 1:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the cars will have combined sessions from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. until noon. Drivers will hold a one-hour autograph session behind the main grandstand at 1 p.m.

Qualifying will begin at 2:40 p.m. Saturday with a 20-minute session for GTS and GT cars. The LMP 900 and 675 cars will have a 20-minute qualifying session beginning at 3:10 p.m.

Sunday's race will be a two-hour, 45-minute timed event beginning at 1 p.m. It will be televised live on the SPEED Channel, with live coverage online by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web. Free access to the Radio Web is available at www.imsaracing.net.

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES NOTES FROM SEARS POINT

SPEED CHANNEL TAPES PROMOS WITH ALMS DRIVERS -- Regular viewers of The SPEED Channel have seen promotional spots on the cable channel that were done by NASCAR and CART drivers.

Very soon, American Le Mans Series drivers will grace the airwaves.

The network taped promotional spots Thursday at Sears Point with 10 ALMS drivers, and several more will tape spots on Friday.

The SPEED Channel is televising six of the 10 ALMS events this year.

LAMBERT JOINS TEAM BUCKNUM -- Team Bucknum Racing, a new entrant in the LMP 675 class in 2002, has added experience to its driver lineup with the naming of Bruno Lambert of Belgium to the team.

Lambert will co-drive with Jeff Bucknum in one of the two Pilbeam MP84-Nissan machines entered by the team. Chris McMurry and Bryan Willman will share the other car.

Lambert has four career ALMS wins, two coming in the LMP 675 class last season when he co-drove with Didier de Radigues. His other two wins came in the GT class for Alex Job Racing in 2000.

RACERS GROUP ADDS ORCUTT -- Robert Orcutt of Santa Cruz, Calif., has been named to the empty seat in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS entered by The Racers Group team in the GT class. Orcutt will co-drive with American Le Mans Series veteran Vic Rice of San Rafael, Calif.

Team owner Kevin Buckler of Novato, Calif., will co-drive with Marino Franchitti of Scotland in the other team car.

Orcutt made two ALMS starts with the team in the 2001 season.

DRIVERS ENJOY KARTING OUTING -- Several American Le Mans Series drivers participated in a go kart outing with members of the media on Thursday at Sears Point Raceway's new karting center.

Marino Franchitti set the fastest time among the professional drivers as they toured the twisting kart course. Other participants included Sascha Maassen, Bryan Herta, Dave McEntee, Ben Devlin and Johnny Mowlem.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Didier de Radigues , Bruno Lambert , Bryan Herta , Ben Devlin , Kevin Buckler , Marino Franchitti , Dave McEntee , Chris McMurry , Bryan Willman , Jeff Bucknum , Johnny Mowlem , Vic Rice , Robert Orcutt , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing