Series statement on Belle Isle event

ALMS press release

Conflict with Le Mans Test Day preventing 2012 appearance

The Raceway on Belle Isle, 2008
The Raceway on Belle Isle, 2008

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Following Wednesday’s announcement regarding the return of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón President and CEO Scott Atherton shared plans for the Series to be part of the 2013 edition of the race. A scheduling conflict between the 2012 race and the test day for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will prevent North America’s premier sports car championship from placing Detroit into its June TBD date.

“While we enjoyed being a very successful part of the renaissance of this great race on Belle Isle in 2007 and again in 2008, the2012 Detroit race and the Le Mans test day next year share the same date on the calendar, creating a direct conflict which could not be resolved for 2012,” Atherton said.

“In 2013 however, we foresee a resolution of the date conflict with the Le Mans test day, enabling the ALMS to compete in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. While our participation in this classic Motor City race is not possible in 2012, we will continue to work hard with everyone involved to take part in 2013.”

The 2012 ALMS championship will begin with the 60th anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 17. Multiple classes of exotic, purpose-built prototypes and the world’s finest production-based GT cars will compete together at North America’s premier road courses and urban street circuits.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Eric Gilbert
Tags american le mans, belle isle, detroit