Portland to be first primetime broadcast for ALMS

PORTLAND GRAND PRIX TO PUT ALMS IN PRIMETIME SPOTLIGHT FOR FIRST TIME Braselton, Ga. - With apologies to the early cast of Saturday Night Live, the cast of the American Le Mans Series IS ready for prime time. The Portland Grand Prix marks the ...

PORTLAND GRAND PRIX TO PUT ALMS IN PRIMETIME SPOTLIGHT FOR FIRST TIME

Braselton, Ga. - With apologies to the early cast of Saturday Night Live, the cast of the American Le Mans Series IS ready for prime time. The Portland Grand Prix marks the first primetime broadcast of an ALMS race, set for 8 to 11 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

The Portland Grand Prix is Round 6 of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, the premier sports car series in North America. The 1.944-mile, 12-turn road course will play host to a two-hour, 45-minute sprint race featuring the world's most sophisticated and technologically advanced sports cars driven by names like Lehto, Werner, O'Connell, Fellows and Bernhard.

This marks the fourth visit to Portland International Raceway for the ALMS in its seven-year history. The Rose City has been a favorite among fans and drivers alike, and this year promises to be no different.

"This is another step forward in the development of the American Le Mans Series," said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the ALMS. "By placing the ALMS in prime time on a Saturday night in July we are potentially exposing our truly world-class sports car racing to a new audience while at the same time giving our existing fans something many have asked about.

"Other forms of motorsports have had success racing under lights in prime time," Atherton added. "The American Le Mans Series cars are specifically designed to race with just their headlights. It makes for very dramatic imagery on television, and we expect this broadcast will also be well received by our fans, teams and corporate marketing partners."

The excitement and eagerness of Saturday's primetime broadcast isn't just confined to the ALMS. SPEED Channel's announce crew also sees the three-hour broadcast as a positive for the series as it officially enters its second half.

"For any sports fan that's out there on the weekend, there are so many things to see on TV, so it will be great for anyone looking to catch something to watch on Saturday night," said Calvin Fish, who will serve as the analyst on Saturday night's broadcast. "It will be a great opportunity for the regular viewers to tune in and not interrupt anything with the family, as well as bringing in new viewers. This is a great thing for the ALMS."

Fish, a former class winner at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and normally a pit reporter for SPEED and CBS, will be alongside lead announcer Greg Creamer on Saturday. Andrew Marriott and Krista Voda will cover the action from pit lane.

The Portland Grand Prix set for July 28-30 at Portland International Raceway. The race will get the green flag at 5 p.m. PDT. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:55 to 3:40 p.m. PDT on Friday. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.

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