Series 'Green Park' news 2009-07-15

PLANTING OF FIRST 'GREEN PARK' NOW COMPLETE Auberlen, Diaz, Fernandez kick-start Series' first project The American Le Mans Series officially began Growing a Greener Tomorrow...Faster as Lowe's Fernandez Racing team owner Adrian Fernandez and ...

PLANTING OF FIRST 'GREEN PARK' NOW COMPLETE
Auberlen, Diaz, Fernandez kick-start Series' first project

The American Le Mans Series officially began Growing a Greener Tomorrow...Faster as Lowe's Fernandez Racing team owner Adrian Fernandez and co-pilot Luis Diaz as well as BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team driver Bill Auberlen planted sugar maple trees alongside soccer fields in Torrington, Connecticut's Alvord Park.

In support of the Series' newest off-track initiative - Green Park - Fernandez, Diaz and Auberlen made a quick pit stop into Torrington to clean up and plant trees for a locally admired area before entering the gates of Lime Rock Park for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix in nearby Lakeville on July 17-18.

In the spirit of camaraderie, help and support came from the Torrington community - Mayor Ryan Bingham, Chamber of Commerce President and CEO JoAnn Ryan, Parks and Recreation Superintendent J. Brett Simmons, Lowe's Home Improvement General Manger Fred Munk and his employees, and 30 local youth campers.

A commemorative Green Park plaque was also marked the occasion by Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber, who will be remembered as hosting the first American Le Mans Series Green Park site in the country followed soon by Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America, Mosport International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to finish out the 2009 American Le Mans Series season.

The American Le Mans Series will continue to impact the environment through a secondary off-track effort including the sale of organic Growing a Greener Tomorrow. Faster T-shirts, which has already benefited the acquisition, restoration and reforestation of one acre along the Californian coastline, with the hopes of hundreds more to follow.

Log-on to americanlemans.com for more information on Green Parks coming to you as well as ways to get involved now.

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn, is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 18. The race will air live on SPEED. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. You also can follow the Series on Twitter.

The race also will mark the fifth round of the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and limerock.com.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Bill Auberlen , Luis Diaz , Skip Barber