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October 19, 2000 - Viper Team ORECA will contest the 11th round of the American Le Mans Series in Las Vegas next weekend (October 29) assured that one of its drivers will win the championship for drivers. Dodge Viper Team ORECA has already won...

October 19, 2000 - Viper Team ORECA will contest the 11th round of the American Le Mans Series in Las Vegas next weekend (October 29) assured that one of its drivers will win the championship for drivers.

Dodge Viper Team ORECA has already won the championship for teams' for the second year in succession, and DaimlerChrysler has won the championship for manufacturers over Porsche. All titles are subject to official confirmation.

Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger lead Porsche's Vic Rice by more points than are available from the next two races and can only be challenged for the championship by their team-mates Tommy Archer and David Donohue.

Beretta leads Wendlinger by three points at the head of the table, courtesy of three more fastest laps than his co-driver, and is the favourite to clinch his second successive drivers' championship crown next weekend.

"Las Vegas is important to me because I won the championship there last year and of course it is also a nice city," said Beretta of the 2.5-mile road course/oval. "But the circuit could be more challenging. You only need to do a couple of laps and it is like being at home! The race will be close because there are no places where you can really make up time.

Commenting on his lead in the championship, Beretta added: "I feel that the rule concerning points for fastest laps is completely unfair. You cannot win an endurance race on your own, it takes two of you. As far as I am concerned, Karl and I have competed equally this year and have been successful together."

This is the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series. The final round will take place in Adelaide, Australia, on December 31.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Tommy Archer , David Donohue , Vic Rice , Olivier Beretta