Miami votes to hold street races

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 9, 2001) -- Announcement of a new racing event in Washington, D.C., for the 2002 season made today one of the biggest days in the brief history of the American Le Mans Series, said series founder Don Panoz. The series ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 9, 2001) -- Announcement of a new racing event in Washington, D.C., for the 2002 season made today one of the biggest days in the brief history of the American Le Mans Series, said series founder Don Panoz.

The series received more potential good news late tonight when Miami commissioners voted to allow Raceworks, LLC, to hold racing events in the Miami city streets. The American Le Mans Series has been in preliminary discussions with Raceworks to bring the series to Miami in 2002.

Washington Mayor Anthony Williams announced today that the District of Columbia will host an event for the sports car racing series on July 21, 2002.

"This is a tremendous day for the American Le Mans Series," said Panoz, an entrepreneur who founded the racing series in 1999. "The support that we have received in Washington has been fantastic and very impressive."

"We are extremely pleased that the Miami city commissioners have given Raceworks the final go-ahead to conduct races," said Scott Atherton, President and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, which includes the American Le Mans Series. "We look forward to working directly with Raceworks to confirm an American Le Mans Series event in the streets of Miami in the near future."

Mayor Williams and the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission said that Washington, D.C., has entered into a 10-year agreement with National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC, to stage the "National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C." The event will be held on the grounds of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium with a 1.7-mile temporary racing circuit to be constructed.

The racing weekend in Washington will include a three-hour race for the American Le Mans Series, as well as a race for the popular Trans-Am Series, a celebrity race and other events. The weekend will mark the first time that the nation's capital has hosted a major motorsports event.

While racing will be new in Washington, Raceworks plans a return to the glory days of street racing in Miami. A group of Miami businessmen, Raceworks plans a 1.5-mile temporary street circuit that will include part of the Bayfront Park area in the Miami downtown.

-ALMS

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