Portland ALMS race switches to Sunday date

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2001) -- The 2001 schedule for the American Le Mans Series has been adjusted with a one-day date change for the August event at Portland (OR) International Raceway. Originally scheduled for Saturday, August...

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2001) -- The 2001 schedule for the American Le Mans Series has been adjusted with a one-day date change for the August event at Portland (OR) International Raceway. Originally scheduled for Saturday, August 4, the sports car endurance race will now be run on Sunday, August 5, at the 1.944-mile circuit. The weekend schedule adjustment also includes a change for the Trans-Am Series, which will now race on Saturday rather than on Sunday as originally scheduled. "Racing fans in Portland will have a great weekend of action in store for them," said Mike Nealy, president of Global Events Group, promoter of the event. "The pairing of two of the best road racing series in the world on the same weekend at our facility will create a great deal of excitement." The ALMS race will be televised on a one-day tape delay by the Speedvision Network, airing at 8:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) on Monday, August 6. The race will air again at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7. The Trans-Am race will be televised live at 4 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. "The schedule change will benefit both series," said Bill Donaldson, ALMS Executive Director. "The American Le Mans Series race will now be televised in evening prime time with the potential for a larger audience, and the Trans-Am Series will have the benefits of a live telecast. "It was also important to the event promoter to hold the American Le Mans Series race on Sunday," Donaldson said. "It provides an opportunity for more people to attend the headline race of the weekend and see in person the spectacle and international flavor that our series has to offer."

- Andy Hall

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