Ten Race ALMS Schedule For 2005
No New Venues on Tap
Three Races Precede Le Mans
Tim Mayer, Chief Operating Officer of IMSA, announced at a press conference this morning at Road Atlanta that the American Le Mans Series would run a ten race schedule in 2005, one that avoids the burden of a too-tight summer schedule, while maintaining year-to-year consistency. Even with the differences, Sebring, Lime Rock, Infineon, Road America, and Laguna stay on the same weekend as 2004. Petit Le Mans moves back a week “to increase the opportunity for European teams to participate in the last two races of the season.” Mid-Ohio gets the new late spring date, two weeks before Le Mans testing, and for the second time in ALMS history, Road Atlanta gets a second spring event, April 15-17, one month after Sebring.

The stated objective was to “fine tune” the schedule to make it more fan and participant friendly, while continuing to race on the best and historic road racing venues in North America – and it seems to have succeeded in that. Mr. Mayer emphasized that many dates were selected to avoid conflicts with other series, including the move of the Portland race. Further, ALMS will not race when Nextel Cup is on road courses, a decision characterized by Mayer as “the Ron Fellows Clause”. More from the “State of the ALMS” in due course.

Mar. 17-19 – 53rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring (FL) International Raceway (SPEED).

Apr. 15-17 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA, 2 hours 45 minutes (CBS).

May 20-22 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH, 2 hours 45 minutes (CBS).

July 1-4 – Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT , 2 hours 45 minutes (SPEED).

July 15-17 – Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA , 2 hours 45 minutes (CBS).

July 29-31 – Portland (OR) International Raceway, 2 hours 45 minutes (SPEED).

Aug. 19-21 – Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI, 2 hours 45 minutes (SPEED).

Aug. 26-28 – Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, ON, Canada , 2 hours 45 minutes (SPEED).
(adjusted to one week later, September 2-4)

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – Chevy presents Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA , 1,000 miles or 10 hours (SPEED).

Oct. 14-16 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA, 4 hours.


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