Sears Point Bay Area Woman to Race in ALMS

Bay Area Woman to Compete in ALMS at Sears Point SONOMA, Calif. - Tiburon resident Jennifer Tumminelli will make history this month at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma when she becomes the first Bay Area woman to pilot a car in...

Bay Area Woman to Compete in ALMS at Sears Point

SONOMA, Calif. - Tiburon resident Jennifer Tumminelli will make history this month at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma when she becomes the first Bay Area woman to pilot a car in the Sonoma race.

Tumminelli will compete in the final eight races of the ALMS season after signing on with title sponsor, Scient. The Scient racing team will debut at the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway, July 21-23.

Tumminelli, the 1999 inaugural pole-sitter for the Women's Global GT Series, will make a step up into the ALMS campaigning the #67 (Blue/Green) Scient Porsche 996 GT3R with her co-driver, Steve Ariana of Dublin, under the Racer's Group team banner.

"I am excited to have my title sponsor, Scient, return in 2000 and pleased they have stepped up their level of sponsorship commitment. Scient is a great company with legendary people. To have all 1,400 colleagues worldwide extremely supportive of the Scient racing program gives you an idea of how legendary our racing program is going to be this year," Tumminelli said.

Tumminelli will join Claudia Hertzug of Germany (Roock Racing) as the only other female driver competing in the 2000 American Le Mans Series. In addition to her driving duties, Tumminelli will join Radio Le Mans commentator John Hindhaugh in the booth to guest commentate on the ALMS support race - Women's Global GT Series.

Tumminelli is a former Star Formula Mazda driver and the first polesitter for the Women's Global GT Series. She also served as a member of the CART / PPG Pace Car Team. For more information go to www.jennifertumminelli.com

American Le Mans Series

WHAT: Grand Prix of Sonoma

WHERE: Sears Point Raceway

WHEN: Friday, July 21-Sunday, July 23

WHAT TO EXPECT: Exotic sports cars such as BMW, Porsche, Audi, Panoz and Dodge Viper with battle on the twisting 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course in three divisions. BMW dominated last year, winning both the Prototype and GT divisions. The Dodge Viper edged Corvette to win in the GTS class. The only all-women's racing series, the Women's Global GT Series, will also be part of the racing weekend.

COST (ADVANCE TICKETS): Friday, $5; Saturday, $20; Sunday, $35. A three-day pass is available for $50 in advance. Children 12 and under are free.

MORE INFORMATION: Call 800-870-RACE or visit www.searspoint.com.

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