American LeMans Series to Race at Nurburgring, Silverstone

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 13, 2000 - The American Le Mans Series finalized its 2000 racing schedule today by announcing that the second-year sports car league will race at the famed European courses of Silverstone in England on Saturday, May 13 and ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 13, 2000 - The American Le Mans Series finalized its 2000 racing schedule today by announcing that the second-year sports car league will race at the famed European courses of Silverstone in England on Saturday, May 13 and Nurburgring in Germany on July 9.

The announcement gave the series 12 races on three continents for the 2000 racing campaign.

Eurosport will televise the 500-kilometer Silverstone event live and the 1,000-kilometer Nurburgring race on a same-day delayed basis in Europe. Speedvision and Fox Sports Net will provide coverage of the events in North America.

Both European events will begin in daylight and end at dusk to add a unique element for sports car fans.

Purse for each of the European events will be $100,000 and teams from North America will be provided with a transportation allowance by the series.

In conjunction with the American Le Mans Series agreement with the Automobile Club l'Ouest, organizers of the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nurburgring round will also be designated as a pre-qualifying event for Le Mans in 2001. The Sept. 30 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will be a pre-qualifier for Le Mans for the third time and the new Race of 1,000 Years Dec. 31 in Adelaide, Australia, will be another.

With the finalizing of the European races, the series and SPORTS CAR, its sanctioning organization, established that its 2000 championships would be determined by the best 10 of 12 finishes in the final point standings in each class.

To compete for money in the series' privateer point fund, teams must participate in eight of the 12 races on the schedule, one of which must be abroad. The eight-race 1999 privateer fund totaled $955,000 and with the additional four events for 2000, it is expected to be over $1 million.

"Historically, the United Kingdom fans have been the most loyal supporters of the 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series, "and we are delighted to bring the American Le Mans Series to Silverstone for their enjoyment. Nurburgring is one of the most prestigious tracks in Europe, and it will be a perfect venue for the German manufacturers -- Audi, BMW and Porsche."

The complete 2000 American Le Mans Series schedule and television networks:

March 18 - Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring, Sebring, Fla., Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport April 1 - Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C., NBC Sports, Eurosport

May 13 - Silverstone, England, Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

July 9 - Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany, Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

July 23 - Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, Calif., Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

Aug. 6 - Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, NBC Sports, Eurosport

Sept. 2 - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, NBC Sports, Eurosport

Sept. 10 - Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore., NBC Sports, Eurosport

Sept. 30 - Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga., Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

Oct. 15 - Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif., Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

Oct. 29 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev., Speedvision, Fox Sports Net, Eurosport

Dec. 31 - Race of 1,000 Years, Adelaide, Australia, NBC Sports, Eurosport

-ALMS-

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