Dual Champions to be crowned in 2003

American Le Mans Series to crown dual champions with revised driver point system for 2003. BRASELTON, Ga. (October 11, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series drivers who race together all season as teammates will also win championships together under...

American Le Mans Series to crown dual champions with revised driver point system for 2003.

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 11, 2002) -- American Le Mans Series drivers who race together all season as teammates will also win championships together under a new points structure the sports car endurance racing series will implement in the 2003 season.

"This new system will bring our driving championship competition into consistency with the unique attributes of our series," said Scott Atherton, President and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, which includes the ALMS. "Our racing has always featured multiple drivers in cars and driver changes during races, and most of the teams use the same drivers together all season. They have shared race wins in the past, and they will now share championships as well.

"In addition, we are making the race for the points championship much easier for fans and the media to follow," he said.

In the first four years of existence for the series, which started in 1999, a system of bonus points has been used to separate drivers and crown one champion in each racing class. Bonus points are totally eliminated in the new system.

Two drivers who share a car that completes at least 70 percent of the distance completed by the winning car will now receive equal points, provided that each driver complies with the minimum and maximum driving limits as specified in the supplementary regulations for each event.

Atherton also announced that the point breakdown would be revised to further reward winning, with points being awarded to the top 10 eligible finishers in each class. In races that are less than four hours in length, the winner will receive 20 points, with 15 points for second, 11 for third, eight for fourth and six for fifth. There is a one-point drop per position after fifth-place.

In races scheduled for four hours but less than eight hours, three additional points will be awarded for positions one through 10. In races scheduled for eight hours or more, six additional points will be awarded for positions one through 10.

The 2003 season for the American Le Mans Series will begin with the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on March 15.

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