2003 Spec. Prototypes Continue Into 2005
The American Le Mans Series and its sanctioning body, IMSA,
have confirmed, as strongly suspected, that 2003 spec. prototypes
will be able to race throughout 2005.
the founding principles of the American Le Mans Series is stability
of rules and regulations," said Scott Atherton, President and
CEO of the ALMS. "The announcement now of the extension of
eligibility for 2003 specification Prototypes through 2005 allows
our current race teams, as well as those that will be joining our
series, to operate in a stable environment as they make their plans
for 2005 and beyond.
committed to two classes of Prototype racing as a major element
of the American Le Mans Series," said Atherton. "The position
that current LMP1 and LMP2 cars will remain eligible to compete
in 2005 without modification has been well-received by both current
Prototype entrants and non-active Prototype owners. The response
has been unanimously positive.
of eligibility comes with the full consent of the ACO," he
said. "As always, we greatly appreciate the spirit of cooperation
demonstrated by Mr. (Jean-Claude) Plassart (ACO President) and his
management team, and their willingness to work with us on this."
The ACO has
yet to give any indication of the handicaps that 2003 cars will
be required to race with next year - at Le Mans and in the LMES.
IMSA has also
announced to competitors that its 2004 fee structure, which includes
entry and license fees, will remain stable for the 2005 season.
with the announcement of the extension of Prototype eligibility,
we wanted to get information about the fee structure out to race
teams as early as possible," said Tim Mayer, Chief Operating
Officer for IMSA. "This will again have the effect of creating
a stable environment in which teams can plan budgets for the 2005
season with the knowledge that fees will not be increasing."