Washington DC 2002 race announcement

Washington, D.C. Officials Announce 10-Year Agreement To Stage "National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C." American Le Mans Series Roars To Life In Nation'S Capital For International Racing Event July 19 - 21, 2002 at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Officials Announce 10-Year Agreement To Stage "National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C."

American Le Mans Series Roars To Life In Nation'S Capital For International Racing Event July 19 - 21, 2002 at RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C. - Mayor Anthony A. Williams and the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission today announced 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." - an international, annual motorsports event and festival on the grounds of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium beginning with the American Le Mans Series Race, Friday through Sunday, July 19 through 21, 2002. The event, which is expected to provide economic impact of $350 million over a ten-year period, will showcase the American Le Mans Series, an international sports car endurance racing series.

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"Professional racing showcases some of the world's greatest cities: Melbourne, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Montreal. I'm proud that Washington, D.C. is a member of that group," commented Mayor Anthony A. Williams. "With our world-class hotels, restaurants, transportation, shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions, we're the ideal city for racing enthusiasts - and their families - to spend the weekend."

Christopher Lencheski, founder and chairman of National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC, said, "We are grateful for the hard work and determination of D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission President, Bobby Goldwater, Legg Mason Sports Industry Group and our racing partners. This city, with its cosmopolitan flair and importance on the global business scene, provides a terrific combination that will only grow over time into a signature racing event for all involved."

The weekend will include a three-hour race for the American Le Mans Series on Sunday, July 21, 2002, as well as an event for the popular Trans-Am Series, a celebrity race and other support services. Other aspects of the festival will be announced later.

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PDF file of the track layout The racing will be held on a temporary road racing circuit that will be set up on the grounds of RFK Memorial Stadium. The circuit length is estimated at 1.7 miles. The ALMS race will be televised live by NBC Sports in the United States, with additional coverage in many countries around the world.

"This is a tremendous development for the American Le Mans Series and for motorsports in general, said Scott Atherton, president and COO Panoz Motor Sports Group, which includes the American Le Mans Series. "This event will showcase our series and motorsports to the world from our nation's capital. Washington, DC, joins an elite group of cities from around the world in hosting this type of racing and we are grateful to those who have made this become a reality."

According to Bobby Goldwater, president, D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, "We welcome this event to our city. Its economic impact, plus the opportunity to showcase the city to an international television audience will be very significant. In the past other host cities have drawn huge crowds. We are looking forward to a great event."'

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 888-456-8448, or on the web at NationalGrandPrix.com.

National Grand Prix Holdings, LLC, a Delaware Limited liability Company was founded in 1999 by Christopher Lencheski to develop and execute the National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. - A three day Motorsports event festival featuring an internationally sanctioned racing event in the District of Columbia.

The American Le Mans Series was founded by entrepreneur Don Panoz in 1999 and is based on the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans; the world's most famous endurance race. Many of the cars, drivers and manufacturers that compete at Le Mans also compete in ALMS events, which are held at North American venues as well as those in Europe and Asia. Participating manufacturers include Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Dodge, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen.

The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, an independent agency of the District of Columbia government, is responsible for the management and operation of RFK Stadium, the D.C. Armory and its adjacent facilities and for presenting and promoting sports, entertainment and special events in the District.


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Series ALMS
Drivers Don Panoz
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