Eurosport to telecast 2001 races

INDIANAPOLIS (January 12, 2001) -- Eurosport, the most distributed television channel in Europe, will telecast all American Le Mans Series races in the 2001 season, including the Asia Pacific event in Malaysia and the season championship event in...

INDIANAPOLIS (January 12, 2001) -- Eurosport, the most distributed television channel in Europe, will telecast all American Le Mans Series races in the 2001 season, including the Asia Pacific event in Malaysia and the season championship event in Adelaide, Australia, officials have announced.

The schedule is the continuation of a relationship that has existed since the formation of the ALMS in 1999.

Eurosport will telecast the races on Sundays in evening hours in a highlights format, with the programs in most cases airing for one hour approximately one week following the actual event.

Seen in 54 countries and in 17 languages, Eurosport has some 230 million viewers and reaches 92 million homes.

<pre> The 2001 ALMS Eurosport schedule:

Central European Air

Date Race Air Time

Mar. 11 Texas 20:30

Apr. 1 Sebring 20:00

Apr. 22 Donington, UK 20:30

May 20 Jarama, Spain 20:30

July 29 Sears Point 21:30

Aug. 19 Portland 21:15

Aug. 26 Mosport 23:45

Sep. 16 Laguna Seca 20:00

Sep. 23 Mont Tremblant 20:00

Oct. 14 Petit Le Mans 19:00

Oct. 28 Charlotte 19:30

Nov. 18 Malaysia (Inaugural APLMS) 20:30

Dec. 9 Adelaide (ALMS/ELMS/APLMS) 20:00

</pre> SKY SPORTS TO BROADCAST LIVE COVERAGE OF ELMS RACES

BICESTER, England (January 12, 2001) -- The popular Sky Sports television channel in the United Kingdom will be the host for live uoverage of five European Le Mans Series sports car endurance races in the 2001 season, officials have announced.

Additional television coverage of the events in other European countries will be announced at a later date. Sky Sports reaches 6.9 million homes in the U.K.

"We're absolutely delighted to welcome the European Le Mans Series on to Sky Sports", commented Roger Moody, Commercial Manager for Sky Sports. "Last year the ALMS produced superb racing and we recognize the tremendous following it has gained. We look forward to bringing some great racing to the Sky screens."

The ELMS is running its first full season in 2001 with races in England, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Italy composing the European portion of an eight-event slate. Two optional events will be run in the United States with the American Le Mans Series, and Adelaide, Australia, will host a special season-ending invitational race for teams from both series.

The first telecast will be from England's Donington Park on April 14, with action shifting to Jarama, Spain, for the next race on May 20. Estoril, Portugal, will host the third event on July 15, followed by an event at Austria's Salzburgring on Aug. 5. The final European event will be at Vallelunga in Italy on Sept. 2.

-Andy Hall: ALMS/ELMS

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