The ALMS is well represented in Le Mans entries

America Represented Well In 24 Hours Of Le Mans Entry List INDIANAPOLIS (April 4, 2001) -- American Le Mans Series race teams are well-represented on the announced entry list for the 69th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most...

America Represented Well In 24 Hours Of Le Mans Entry List

INDIANAPOLIS (April 4, 2001) -- American Le Mans Series race teams are well-represented on the announced entry list for the 69th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. Released Wednesday by the Automobile Club De L'Ouest (ACO), the creator and organizer of the June 16-17 sports car event, the entry list of 48 contains 21 teams that have competed on the ALMS on a regular or semi-regular basis in the 2000 and/or 2001 seasons. The 48 entries, plus six Reserve entries, have been invited to participate in preliminary practice at Le Mans on May 6. The ACO's Selection Committee chose the entries from some 80 teams that had applied to compete in the race. Heading the list are Audi Sport Team Joest, winner of last year's Le Mans race, and Audi Sport North America. The team won last year's American Le Mans Series championship and is riding a winning streak dating back to July of 2000 in ALMS events. Also in the LMP 900 class are Champion Racing from the United States and British-based Johansson Motorsports, two privateer teams that are running the Audi R8 Prototype race car in ALMS events. Panoz Motorsports has been selected with a pair of Panoz LMP 07 cars as has the French DAMS team with two Cadillac Northstar LMP machines. Both have been ALMS competitors, as has Team ORECA, which will run two new Chrysler-Mopar cars in the LMP 900 class. In the LMP 675 class, Roock-KnightHawk Motorsports, which has won class in both ALMS races held in 2001, has been selected as has Dick Barbour Racing, which won last year's ALMS GT class title but has switched to the LMP 675 class this year and will run two cars. Five ALMS regulars have been selected for the GTS class, including Corvette Racing with two Chevrolet Corvette C5-Rs and the two-car Saleen-Allen Speedlab team. Also selected is Germany-based Konrad Motorsports, winner of the recent 12 Hours At Sebring with a Saleen S7R. Aspen Knolls Racing has been selected for the GT class of Le Mans with the new Callaway C12-R, while Seikel Motorsport will run a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 RS cars. Both have been ALMS regulars. Race teams that field regular entries in the ALMS were given special consideration in the selection process due to new regulations issued for the 2001 event by the ACO. The ACO Selection Committee delayed its meeting until late March, following the first two ALMS races of the 2001 season, giving the committee time to review which teams competed in the races. For the first time in 2001, the ACO included "regular entries in American Le Mans Series events" as a criteria for the Selection Committee in choosing the 48 starters for Le Mans. In addition, with the traditional pre-qualifying for the event eliminated last year, a race team's ability to get into the event lies solely upon a decision by the Selection Committee. Several entries were confirmed prior to the selection process as a result of class winners in ALMS races held during the 2000 season that were designated as Le Mans qualifying events. -ALMS-

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Dick Barbour
Teams Audi Sport Team Joest , DAMS