New Qualifying Format at Infineon Raceway This Weekend
The American Le Mans Series will introduce a new form of "single-car"
qualifying for this weekend's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon
This trial (one event
only at the moment) is designed to increase the drama of competition
for the New Century Mortgage FastQual Award by giving drivers more
of an opportunity to post their best lap times on a track clear
But unlike single-car
qualifying formats used in many other racing series, the format
for the American Le Mans Series will have multiple cars on the track
at the same time, dispatched individually at specific intervals
timed to maximize the opportunity for each car to have clear track.
The spacing of the cars will also create better opportunities for
individual car / driver television coverage as well as coverage
American Le Mans Series Radio Web.
The cars will be lined
up for qualifying in reverse order of the fastest lap achieved by
each car in the practice session immediately prior to qualifying.
The fastest cars will therefore be placed at the end of the line,
building drama during the qualifying session while drivers compete
for the overall pole as well as individual class poles. Each car
will get a total of four laps on the track during the qualifying
including its out lap, two flying laps and its in lap.
"The American Le
Mans Series has always been for the fans, and we have been looking
at ways of increasing the excitement for fans during qualifying
at our events," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the
ALMS. "The system we are introducing this weekend at Sonoma
is the result of many hours of research and planning, as well as
consultation with our race teams, manufacturers and sponsors. We
look forward to seeing the format in action but also stress that
this is a one-race
Mike Pickup at PK Sport
is more than happy to try out the new system. “It’s
typical of the way they do things in the ALMS – they’re
going to try it this weekend and see how well it works. I’m
more than happy to go along with that.”
Each of the four American
Le Mans Series class pole winners receives $1,000 from New Century