Series lands on Armed Forces Network

ALMS PARTNERING WITH ARMED FORCES NETWORK TO BROADCAST SERIES RACES TO MILITARY OVERSEAS Braselton, Ga. - As Memorial Day approaches, many families will be thinking about the loved ones they have serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pictures, care...

ALMS PARTNERING WITH ARMED FORCES NETWORK TO BROADCAST SERIES RACES TO MILITARY OVERSEAS

Braselton, Ga. - As Memorial Day approaches, many families will be thinking about the loved ones they have serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Pictures, care packages and the occasional letter often have the ability to re-energize the country's men and women in uniform. And if they happen to be fans of sports car racing, military personnel still can catch the action of the American Le Mans Series throughout 2005.

For the third year in a row, the Armed Forces Network is distributing broadcasts of ALMS events. More than 850,000 Department of Defense military and civilian employees and their families stationed in 176 countries and on 180 U.S. Navy ships at sea can watch and listen to ALMS races.

"The American Forces Network graciously thanks the American Le Mans Series for providing our men and women in uniform stationed overseas with race coverage for the 2005 season," said Jeff White, Director of the Department of Defense's AFN Broadcast Center.

"The ALMS on AFN is a tremendous morale booster for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving in harm's way," White added. "The most deserving audience in the world are our troops in remote and hostile locations defending our way of life against terrorism, and providing humanitarian support to those in need."

In agreements with the American Le Mans Series, CBS, OLN and Greenlight Television, the AFN Broadcast Center plans to provide a combination of live and tape delayed distribution of the 2005 ALMS events via its AFN/sports and AFN/prime channels, along with the U.S. Navy's DTS television service.

"We have enjoyed providing our men and women in uniform the opportunity to experience ALMS racing stationed so far from home," said Dr. Donald E. Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series.

"The AFN audience is as diversified as the ALMS' fan base, and just like stateside fans our guys and gals in camouflage look forward to the speed and excitement of the ALMS," said Tim Mattox, Chief of Sports for the AFN Broadcast Center. "The popularity of the ALMS continues to expand within our Armed Forces."

The next ALMS race is the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, set for noon EDT May 22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. CBS Sports will broadcast the event from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, and live coverage will be available on American Le Mans Series Radio at www.americanlemans.com.

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