Laguna Seca: Car Tour Monterey

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MONTEREY, Calif. (September 19, 2002) -- Automotive manufacturers in the American Le Mans Series showcased their cars in a "sightseeing tour" of the scenic 17 Mile Drive Thursday as part of Monterey Sports Car Championships weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Street versions of the various marques that compete on the series posed next to their racing counterparts (along with uniformed ALMS drivers) on pit road at the Raceway. The street versions, with ALMS drivers at the wheel, then made a lap of the Raceway before heading out to Pebble Beach, Calif., to begin a run along the famous and picturesque 17 Mile Drive. Stops were made along the way at such locations as Spanish Bay, the Pebble Beach Lodge, Ocean Avenue and Junipero in Carmel, Calif., and the Bernardus Lodge of Carmel Valley.

Participating manufacturers and drivers included Audi (drivers Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela and Tom Kristensen); Panoz (David Brabham and Bill Auberlen); Cadillac (JJ Lehto and Max Angelelli); Corvette (Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim); Viper (Marino Franchitti); Ferrari (Peter Kox and Emanuele Naspetti); and Porsche (Sascha Maassen and Jorg Bergmeister).

Highlights of the 17 Mile Drive event will be show in NBC Sports' telecast of the race on Sunday. The telecast begins at 4 p.m. (EDT).

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