** The American Le Mans Series, fresh from a competitive and successful Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, will have a weekend off before the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships, Presented by Honda, at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on ...
** The American Le Mans Series, fresh from a competitive and successful Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, will have a weekend off before the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships, Presented by Honda, at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The event will be televised live on Speedvision at 3 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) and will be broadcast live online by the ALMS Radio Web at www.americanlemans.com. The race also will be televised live by Eurosport.
** In an unusual fashion, cars and drivers from the American Le Mans Series will be on display at Cesar Chavez Park in the major market of San Jose, Calif., as part of the Mini Le Mans of San Jose on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
At least eight race cars from the ALMS and some of the Laguna Seca weekend support series will drive around the park on San Jose's West and East Market Streets. The laps, timed to hit the outside crowd during lunchtime, will begin at 12:15 p.m.
Following the parade laps, ALMS drivers will sign autographs.
** ALMS Prototype driver point leader Allan McNish made a fan for life in eight-year-old J.C. Poparad during Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta, and not just because he drove his Audi R8 to victory in the race.
The youngster was on hand at the track with his father and grandfather and was making his first appearance at a racing event. The three were driving around the grounds in a golf cart when they spotted McNish in a photo session in the track's infield tunnel. They watched for a few minutes, and then the photographer called for a reloading break.
Seeing his opportunity, J.C., his prized autograph book in hand, shyly approached McNish. The Scottish driver, however, had already spotted the child and waved him over with a big smile. J.C. not only got an autograph, but also some conversation and a pat on the back.
But J.C.'s big day wasn't over yet.
After the race, he was walking on the track's pedestrian bridge when he and his family members encountered McNish again, this time on his way to the post-race press conference. As J.C. congratulated him on his victory, McNish stopped, gave another big smile and a "thumbs up" to J.C., along with a thanks.
"I couldn't write a script for a better day for the first race for an eight-year-old," said John Poparad, J.C.'s grandfather. "What a great encounter with one of the famous of the sport. Mr. McNish won a great fan in J.C. and my heartfelt gratitude for not only being a great race car driver, but also a true gentleman."
** ALMS drivers Boris Said and Jennifer Trumminelli will put themselves to the test in the tricky game of billiards on Saturday as they help raise funds for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event will take place at Pockets Billiards in Mountain View, Calif., beginning at 5 p.m.
Fans attending the event will be able to play billiards against the two ALMS drivers, as well as motorcycle racer James Randolph and other area racers who will be attending the event. Also on display will be the exciting art of Chucke Walkden, who has been photographing Bay Area motorsports for many years and is the official track photographer of Sears Point Raceway. He also contributes photographic work to Laguna Seca Raceway.
The evening will also feature racing machines on display and a benefit drawing for several racing and billiards-related prizes. The grand prize for the lucky winner of the billiards tournament will include a framed 20x30-inch photograph from Walkden's private collection.
Pockets Billiards is located at 251 Castro Street in the downtown area of Mountain View. There is no admission charge for the event.
** Women's Global GT Series driver Dana Moore will be busy during the weekend of the season finale for the WGGTS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this month. The El Cajon, Calif., resident will compete in two races on the same weekend at LVMS as she will also drive a Pro Spec Racer Ford in competition.
The following weekend, Moore will again be behind the wheel of a Pro Spec Racer Ford as she competes in that series' portion of the San Diego Grand Prix. The race will mark the first time that she will be in a professional racing event in her hometown area.
Moore won the first pole position of her career on the WGGTS this past weekend when the series competed at Road Atlanta as part of Petit Le Mans weekend.
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