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
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.