ALMS Announces 2001 schedule

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 29, 2000) -- An expanded 13-race schedule for the American Le Mans Series will move the sports car endurance racing series to new venues in Europe, Asia and North America in 2001, series officials have announced. The ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 29, 2000) -- An expanded 13-race schedule for the American Le Mans Series will move the sports car endurance racing series to new venues in Europe, Asia and North America in 2001, series officials have announced.

The third season of the series will consist of nine races in North America, seven of which will be in the United States, as well as two races in Europe and one each in Asia and Australia.

"Our 2001 calendar of events confirms the American Le Mans Series has the best overall sports car racing schedule in the world," said series founder Don Panoz. "We look forward to bringing the quality and excitement of Le Mans Series endurance racing to new audiences around the world, as well as to those that have supported this form of racing since its inception."

The 2001 ALMS schedule will again be anchored by the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, which will be run on October 6, as well as the historic 12 Hours at Sebring on March 17. The season will begin at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth in March, and will conclude in December at Adelaide, Australia.

The series will race at two new European locations in 2001, including a May 20 race at Jarama, Spain, and an event in April at a location to be determined. Also new in 2001 will be a November race in Malaysia and an August race at Mt. Tremblant in Ste. Jovite, Quebec, Canada.

Returning venues also include Laguna Seca Raceway and Sears Point Raceway, both in California, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Points will be awarded to competitors based on their best 10 finishes in the 13 races. There will also be an international travel expense package for teams that compete in nine of the 13 races, with details to be announced at a later date.

As has been the case in previous seasons of the ALMS, winners in the LMP, GTS and GT class for select events will receive exemptions from pre-qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Petit Le Mans will be one of the designated races in 2001, with the others to be determined. The ALMS will continue to run events as part of an agreement with Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organizers and rulemakers of the renowned Le Mans event in France. ALMS events in the United States will continue to be sanctioned by Professional Sports Car Racing.

The ALMS continues to be the only road racing series with network television coverage in the United States, with NBC Sports televising five events. Other events will be on Speedvision and Fox Sports Net. ALMS Executive Director Bill Donaldson said that negotiations are continuing for international television coverage of the events, including the popular Eurosport coverage in Europe..

"The American Le Mans Series will again have an excellent overall television package for the 2001 season," said Donaldson, who added that all races will also be broadcast online by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web at www.americanlemans.com.

BRASELTON, Ga. -- The 2001 American Le Mans Series sports car endurance racing schedule, showing date, location and race length:

<pre> Mar. 4 Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, Tex. (2 hours, 45 mins.) Mar. 12 Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway (12 hours) Apr. 14 TBA (European location) May 20 Circuito de Jarama, Jarama, Spain (2 hours, 45 mins.) July 22 Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. (2 hours, 45 mins.) Aug. 4 Portland (Ore.) Inetrnational Raceway (2 hours, 45 mins.) Aug. 19 Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ont., Can. (2 hours, 45 mins.) Aug. 25 Circuit Mt. Tremblant, Ste. Jovite, Quebec, Can. (4 hours) Sept. 9 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif. (2 hours, 45 mins.) Oct. 6 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (10 hours) Oct. 21 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C. (2 hours, 45 mins.) Nov. 11 Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (4 hours) Dec. 2 Adelaide (Australia) Street Circuit (6 hours)

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