ALMS Drives Innovation
the American Le Mans Series, pushing the limits of automotive
technology and innovation takes place with every
lap raced, tested or practiced. The best drivers,
top-quality manufacturers and world-class teams comprise the American Le
Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
addition to being the most prominent
automotive endurance race in the world, the penultimate 24 Hours of Le
Mans has served as the test bed for man and machine since 1923. Every
June, a minuscule little town in France named Le Mans
hosts this endurance classic that has encouraged
some of the most significant automotive advancements in history.
Seventy-five years after the first race at Le Mans, the
inaugural Petit Le Mans took place at Road Atlanta.
Dr. Don Panoz, the proprietor of the
state-of-the-art automotive racing facility in Braselton, Georgia,
breathed new life into American sports car racing by creating this
scintillating 10-hour endurance race for the very well-regarded Road
Atlanta track in October 1998 and then the first American Le Mans Series
race in 1999 at Sebring International Raceway.
12 years, the American Le Mans Series has fulfilled Panoz’s
idea of an eclectic mix of the world’s premier
manufacturers and leading independent teams. Races are held on the most
famous permanent road courses and major-market
temporary street circuits in North America and around the world.
Twenty-three venues in five countries have played host to the American
Le Mans Series since 1999 with four holding events each year since the
Series’ inception: Sebring International Raceway, Mosport International
Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
American Le Mans Series is a veritable who’s who of the greatest names
in automotive racing history. Beretta, Bergmeister, Brabham, de
Ferran, Franchitti, Kristensen, Lehto, McNish, O’Connell and Salo are
just some of the accomplished racecar drivers.
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Panoz, Peugeot,
Porsche and Saleen are a mere sample of the automotive manufacturers
marques that have earned the checkered flag in the
Series, as have teams the caliber of Audi Sport, Corvette Racing, Penske
Racing, Prodrive, Rahal Letterman and Risi Competizione.
venerable 24 Hours of Le Mans stands for diversity, innovation and
relevance – the same platforms the American Le
Mans Series champions and enhances with each successive event. The
American Le Mans Series is the ultimate on-track R&D laboratory -
whether advancements in energy efficiencies are being sought, car safety
constructions improved upon or tire technologies enhancements are
American Le Mans Series, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, fields
numerous classes of sports cars racing on the track
at the same time. Having several different
classes of racecars yields endless
passing and demands the deployment of intelligent racing strategies by
all the race teams throughout the season.
Each car has two drivers sometimes three for the longer endurance races who switch during the course of the race.
majority of the races are “timed” races of 2:45 and not based on laps.
Longer endurance races include the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 12
hours, Petit Le Mans 10 hours or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first,
and the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patrón at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca six hours.
If you’ve never been to
an ALMS race or viewed the action on TV, imagine
that every car in contention looks and sounds absolutely awesome. Then,
consider that there are four distinct
classifications of cars. Each category has
different weight, horsepower, torque and specific silhouette. The
visual, auditory and sensory ecstasy experienced by the spectators is
unsurpassed as a result. In essence, it’s like
watching two very well matched NFL teams in the
Super Bowl versus seeing pee wee football. You get the
ultimate in terms of action, witnessing the American
Le Mans Series racecars, drivers and race teams doing what they do best –
tearing up the tarmac wherever they’re racing at an
obliterating rate of speed!
ALMS – the Most Relevant Racing Series on the Planet
that compete in the American Le Mans Series develop
technologies and innovations that wind up on the automobiles that we
drive on the road. Some Series examples include direct fuel injection,
sulfur-free diesel technology, composite brakes, paddle shifting,
lightweight carbon fiber chassis/body panels, telemetry, drive-by-wire
throttle and tunable traction control. The Series is also the first
major racing series in the world to use multiple
“street legal” alternative fuels, with all of its cars on track racing
on either clean diesel, E10 or cellulosic E85 ethanol blends and hybrid
technology, a groundbreaking evolution that hit the track in 2009.
Series features the best sports car drivers from all
over the world. Many of the racers are from Europe; however, there are
many great American drivers as well such as current and past champions
Patrick Long, Johnny O’Connell, Scott Sharp, Clint Field and Chris
Dyson, as well as Butch Leitzinger and Johannes van Overbeek.
The ALMS Tracks & Street Courses
Series competes on North America’s prominent
road courses such as Sebring International Raceway, Road America,
Mosport International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca. It also annually holds events on urban street circuits in some of
the nation’s major markets such as Long Beach in southern California.
ALMS Offers a Global Reach
American Le Mans Series reaches all corners of the world with an
considerable online radio network in
partnership with Radio Show Limited, the rights holders for Radio Le
Mans. In addition to online and at-track coverage via PA, local track
radio and scanner frequency, Series radio broadcasts are also aired on
SIRIUS+XM in the United States. Series races reach more than 600 million
homes around the world.
ALMS & Participating Manufacturers
American Le Mans Series has more participating manufacturers than F1,
NASCAR and IndyCar combined. They include such prestigious and elite
brands as Aston Martin, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mazda,
Panoz, Peugeot and Porsche.
ALMS and Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans is a single, stand-alone event organized and
operated by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest ACO in France. It is one of
the oldest and most renowned auto races in the
world and was the genesis of the American Le Mans Series in 1999. The
American Le Mans Series has become a
winning force at Le Mans over the past 11 years. In addition to eight
overall victories, Series teams have claimed a total
of 25 class championships. Special consideration is given to Series
teams during the entrant selection process for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The four class-winning teams at Petit Le Mans also receive invitations
to the following year’s event at Le Mans.