Road Atlanta: Petit Le Mans pre-race notes

Audi presents Petit Le Mans (Fifth Annual) American Le Mans Series Round 10 of 10 Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia 2.54-mile road racing circuit (12 turns) Saturday, October 12, 2002 -- 11:30 a.m. (ET) 10 hours or 1,000 ...

Audi presents Petit Le Mans (Fifth Annual)
American Le Mans Series Round 10 of 10

Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia
2.54-mile road racing circuit (12 turns)

Saturday, October 12, 2002 -- 11:30 a.m. (ET)
10 hours or 1,000 miles

TELEVISION:

SPEED Channel (Live)
Airtime: 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Eurosport (Tape delay)
Airtime: 20:00 (Central European Time), Oct. 20, 2002

TICKET INFO:
Online: www.roadatlanta.com. Telephone: 1-800-849-7223.

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, October 9
12:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Sanctioned ALMS Testing

Thursday, October 10
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ALMS Practice
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ALMS Practice
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ALMS Practice

Friday, October 11
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ALMS Practice
1:00 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT)
1:35 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP 900 & 675)

Saturday, October 12
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. ALMS Warm-up
11:30 a.m. Start of race

NOTES OF INTEREST
The final event of the 2002 American Le Mans Series season, Audi presents Petit Le Mans will determine many driving, team and manufacturer titles for the season. It is also a qualifying event for the 2003 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the class winners receiving automatic invitations to compete in the French classic. The first Petit Le Mans in 1998 was the race that became the model for the American Le Mans Series, which started the following year. The race was designed to be a smaller version of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In all of its four previous runnings, the 1,000-mile mark has been reached by the race winner before the 10-hour maximum time was completed. The fastest was in 1999 at eight hours, 56 minutes, while the inaugural event in 1998 came within 11 minutes of reaching 10 hours. In only five years, Audi presents Petit Le Mans has become one of the most important sports car races in the world, and a stellar field of cars and drivers from throughout the world is expected to compete in this year's version.

WEBSITES:
The official website of the American Le Mans Series is located at www.americanlemans.com.The website for Road Atlanta is www.roadatlanta.com.

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