Diverse, international field of talent set for Texas

FORT WORTH, Tex. (February 21, 2001) -- A field of drivers representing some 14 countries and with diverse backgrounds touching nearly all forms of motorsports will assemble at Texas Motor Speedway for the American Le Mans Series Leather Center ...

FORT WORTH, Tex. (February 21, 2001) -- A field of drivers representing some 14 countries and with diverse backgrounds touching nearly all forms of motorsports will assemble at Texas Motor Speedway for the American Le Mans Series Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas Mar. 3-4. The two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race will be the opening event of the 2001 season for the ALMS and will be the first racing event of the fifth year of operation for TMS. The event will get the green flag at 1 p.m. (CST) on Sunday, Mar. 4. Texas Motor Speedway will host every major American racing series in 2001, making it the only racing facility in the world to do so, and the entry list for the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas includes drivers with experience in all of the top American series. The field also includes veterans of world-renowned Formula One, as well as drivers with backgrounds in many forms of road racing worldwide. The three top NASCAR series, Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks, will compete at TMS in 2001, and ALMS regulars Ron Fellows and Boris Said have competed in all three series. Fellows has been a winner in both Busch and Truck competition. Veteran Dorsey Schroeder has competed in both Winston Cup and IROC events, and ALMS newcomer Anthony Lazzaro has run on the NASCAR Busch Series. The CART FedEx Championship Series will make its debut at TMS this year, and four ALMS drivers have extensive CART experience, including JJ Lehto, Jan Magnussen, Gualter Salles and Chris Kneifel. The Indy Racing Northern Light Series will race twice at TMS in 2001, and ALMS driver Nic Jonsson has competed in numerous IRL races, while Salles also has IRL experience. Many drivers entered in the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas have competed in Formula One events, including Italy's Emanuele Pirro, who co-drove to victory in the inaugural ALMS event at Texas last year. Hans Stuck and David Brabham, second-generation international driving stars, have also raced in Formula One, as have Lehto and Magnussen. In addition to numerous Americans, drivers in the event will represent Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands and Sweden. Tickets for the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas are available online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com, through Ticketmaster or from the speedway box office at (817) 215-8500. Discount coupons are available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at all Leather Center and O'Reilly Auto Parts Stores, as well as Long John Silver restaurants. The event will be televised live on the Speedvision Network, and the ALMS Radio Web broadcast can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com.

-ALMS

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Drivers Nic Jönsson