Grand Prix of Sonoma fact sheet

American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma Fact Sheet WHAT: Now in its second year, the American Le Mans Series will make the fifth stop of its 12-race series at Sears Point Raceway, July 21-23. Top racing teams, manufacturers and drivers...

American Le Mans Series
Grand Prix of Sonoma Fact Sheet

WHAT: Now in its second year, the American Le Mans Series will make the fifth stop of its 12-race series at Sears Point Raceway, July 21-23. Top racing teams, manufacturers and drivers will be featured in a 2 hour, 45 minute endurance race around the twisting 12-turn road course. Racing will be featured in the Prototype, Grand Touring Series (GTS), and Grand Touring (GT) classes. All three of the racing classes will be seen on track at the same time.

WHERE: Sears Point Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma.

WHEN: Practice will take place Friday, with qualifying set for Saturday. Main event times for Sunday, July 23: Jim Russell Racing Series, 9 a.m., Women's Global GT Series, 9:45 p.m., American Le Mans Series, noon. The Grand Prix of Sonoma will span from noon-2:45 p.m. The Speedvision World Challenge series will have main events on Saturday at 4:15 at Sunday at 3:15 p.m.

COURSE: 12-turn, 2.52 mile road course

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fans can expect to see exotic, sleek sports cars traveling at well over 125 mph through the twists and turns of Sears Point. Many of the top manufacturers will be featured, including Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, Panoz, and Dodge. The cars are actually separated into three distinct classes that all race at the same time. The classes include Le Mans Prototype (LMP), Grand Touring Series (GTS), and Grand Touring (GT). Top drivers from each class will be on track, including: JJ Lehto (BMW), David Brabham (Panoz), Olivier Beretta (Dodge Viper), Johannes Van Overbeek (BMW), Hans Stuck (BMW) and Dirk Muller (Porsche).

IN ADDITION: The Women's Global GT Series will be an additional feature at the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Up to 32 female drivers will pilot 16 equally prepared Esperante racecars powered by 310-horsepower Ford V8 engines. The drivers are divided into two groups for 30-minute qualifying races on Saturday and the top eight from each group advance to the 45-minute feature race on Sunday. The weekend will also offer exciting racing action from the Speedvision World Challenge Series. This series features cars such as Audi, BMW, Corvette, Acura, Honda and Toyota in two separate classes: Speedvision Touring Car and Speedvision GT. The premise of this series is to take cars much like those seen on the street, give them aftermarket bodywork and wheels, additional power and brakes and turn them loose with some of the best drivers in road racing today.

NOTES: Jennifer Tumminelli of Tiburon will become the first woman from the Bay Area to pilot a car in the American Le Mans series, and only the second woman to compete in the series... Last year, the BMW driven by JJ Lehto and Steve Soper dominated the Grand Prix of Sonoma, setting a new track record at 110.114 mph, as well as taking the overall victory in the Prototype class... Boris Said will return to Sears Point after competing only a few weeks ago in the NASCAR Save Mart/Kragen 350 Winston Cup event. Said won the GT class last year with co-driver Hans Stuck and also won the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at Sears Point.

TICKETS: Tickets are $5 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, and $40 on Sunday. Parking is free. A three-day pass is available for $50. Children 12 and under are free. For more information call 800-870-RACE or go to www.gospeedway.com and link to the Sears Point website.

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Series ALMS , IMSA Others
Drivers David Brabham , Dirk Müller , Boris Said , Olivier Beretta , Steve Soper , JJ Lehto