SERIES TEAMS READY FOR MORE LE MANS SUCCESS Braselton, Ga. - When it was formed in 1999, the American Le Mans Series was meant to bring the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to America. In the past seven years the Series also has been bringing...
SERIES TEAMS READY FOR MORE LE MANS SUCCESS
Braselton, Ga. - When it was formed in 1999, the American Le Mans Series was meant to bring the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to America. In the past seven years the Series also has been bringing trophies from Le Mans to the U.S., as well.
Twelve American Le Mans Series teams will compete in next week's prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most famous motor race in the world. They seek to carry on a tradition of excellence by Series entrants in past years at Le Mans. Since 1999, teams from the American Le Mans Series have taken the overall win at the Circuit de la Sarthe five times and 17 class titles.
In the past two runnings at Le Mans, Series teams won three class championships including a historic overall win last year by Champion Racing, the first for an American team since 1967. In addition, Series teams have every GT1 class championship since 1999 and the last four GT2 triumphs. In 2005, American Le Mans Series teams swept all six podium positions in the two GT classes.
The world's most prestigious marques and top independent professional teams call the American Le Mans Series home. Manufacturers Audi, Porsche, General Motors, Panoz, Aston Martin, Ferrari, BMW, Lexus and Saleen are regulars on the American Le Mans Series grid. Top independent teams such as Champion Racing, Intersport Racing, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing and Alex Job Racing have won at Le Mans and have long-standing relationships with the American Le Mans Series.
"The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the benchmark event in sports car racing - on a global scale. Nothing else comes close in terms of history, importance and prestige," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. "The performances and results of our teams at Le Mans during the past seven years lend credence to the fact that the American Le Mans Series truly is World Class. It's not just a tagline. When the world's best sports car teams and drivers gather at the most significant event, it is the American Le Mans Series team entries that are the ones to beat in every class.
"As in past years, we are very proud of the teams representing us at Le Mans," Atherton added. "They represent the best of both our factory-backed and independent professional teams. They are facing the best in the world at one of the most difficult races to win, but we know they are up to the task. We wish them all good luck for a safe and successful event."
The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 5 p.m. local time (11. a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 17 and finishes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel in North America and in Europe on MotorsTV, which will have flag-to-flag, extended 24-hour coverage. Live radio coverage will be available at www.radiolemans.com.
The next round of the 2006 American Le Mans Series is the New England Grand Prix, set for July 1 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. The race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. EDT start. CBS Sports will televise the event from 4 to 6 p.m. EDT on July 2. MotorsTV will air the race from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. CET on July 2. Live coverage will be available at americanlemans.com with American Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.