Sebring: New light system for Thursday night practice

ALMS Cars To Show Off New Light System During Thursday's Sebring Night Practice SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2002) -- Fans at Sebring International Raceway for Thursday's Night Practice will have the opportunity to see the American Le Mans Series'...

ALMS Cars To Show Off New Light System During Thursday's Sebring Night Practice

SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2002) -- Fans at Sebring International Raceway for Thursday's Night Practice will have the opportunity to see the American Le Mans Series' revolutionary new position light system utilized in a unique display just for them.

The night session is scheduled to give drivers in the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge the opportunity to get laps on the circuit in night conditions since at least four hours of Saturday's race will be run after nightfall.

During the last 10 minutes of the 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. practice session, all cars in the field will have their position lights on and flashing as a way of helping to introduce the new system to the fans in attendance. The system is designed to help fans in attendance at events better understand and follow the progress of races.

All cars in the event are equipped with three lights attached to the sides of the cars, just in front of the rear wheel. The lights indicate first, second and third place in class. One lit light denotes the class leader, while two lit lights indicate the car that is running second in class. When all three lights are illuminated, the car carrying the lights is the third-place car.

The system works directly from the official timing and scoring system, operating on telemetry sent from timing and scoring computers to assure accurate and timely updates. If passes are made on the track for one of the top three positions, the lights will change when the cars cross the start-finish line.

The four classes of cars within the American Le Mans Series are identified by lights of different color, with the colors matching the colors of the identifying car number panels which are already in place to identify car classes. Cars in the LMP 900 (Prototype) class are equipped with red lights, while cars in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes are equipped with blue lights. GTS car lights are green and GT car lights are yellow.

During the practice session Thursday night, the lights will come on by class. The GT car lights will be on first for a few laps, then those lights will go off and the lights on GTS cars will go on. After a few more laps, those lights will go off and the lights on the LMP 675 cars will come on. The lights on the LMP 900 cars will come on last, and then the session will end with the lights on all 60 cars illuminated.

"We are 1,000 percent behind this light system," said Dennis Huth, President of IMSA, the sanctioning body for the ALMS. "We feel that it is the best thing that has been done strictly for the fans in many years. All 60 cars with their lights flashing will make a great introduction to the fans at Sebring and we're looking forward to seeing it."

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