Conceived by entrepreneur Don Panoz and based on the format and rules of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series has become the world’s premier sports car series in just 12 years.
What Makes it Unique?
The American Le Mans Series, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has multiple classes of cars racing on the track at the same time, making for exciting passing and confrontations throughout the race.
Each car has two drivers (three for the longer endurance races) who can switch during the course of the race.
Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won here for the second straight year, Corvette Racing took a nail-biter in GT, and two classes saw last-lap passes for victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday.
Neel Jani won his second straight pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Friday with a lap of1:13.429 (109.722 mph) in Rebellion Racing’s No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola coupe. On his first ALMS trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Jani went 0.377 seconds quicker in qualifying for Saturday’s American Le Mans Monterey than Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Mazda-powered Lola.
Rebellion Racing turned the quickest lap in Thursday’s two-hour test session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in preparation for Saturday’s American Le Mans Monterey, the third round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
It’s never too early to look at the championship picture in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Through two rounds, all five classes have points battles that feature close margins – razor-thin in most cases.
Next week’s American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will go a long way toward further determining this year’s championship contenders. Because of the extended duration of the race on Saturday, May 11 – four hours – the contest features two additional championship points per position. Here’s a quick glance at the battles so far…
A group of North America’s top sports car talent heads to one of North America’s premier road courses for the next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The four-hour American Le Mans Monterey features 35 ALMS prototype and GT cars racing into twilight at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and through the iconic Corkscrew turn.
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won for the third straight year at Long Beach as Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its first victory of the season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday. Graf beat Rebellion Racing’s Nick Heidfeld by 36.329 seconds in the P1 class of the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
Nick Heidfeld’s first look at the Long Beach street circuit apparently pleased his eye. He set the quickest lap in today’s two-hour practice for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the renowned southern California circuit.
Driving the No. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota coupe, Heidfeld posted a best lap of 1:14.708 (94.833 mph) during the lead-up to Saturday’s Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
By nature, sports car street races are unpredictable affairs with so many more variables than a regular road course. That has been especially true for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the historic Long Beach street circuit. As a result, multiple victories have been hard to come by in any ALMS class on the streets of southern California.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is offering free exhibit space to local businesses that would like to showcase their services to the 35,000 fans that are expected to pack the race track over three days for the American Le Mans Monterey race, May 9-11.
To qualify for free exhibitor space, the business must be headquartered in Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito County, have less than 500 employees and can not be a food or beverage company.
With uniqueness and modernity at the forefront, the new United SportsCar Racing platform was revealed (#TheReveal) today at Sebring International Raceway, resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will kick off the 2013 race season with the American Le Mans Monterey May 9-11. Last year’s champions and Northern California based team Muscle Milk Racing will return to defend their title against challengers and 2011 champs, Dyson Racing.
With a merger of the two finest in sports car racing series on tap for 2014, their separate return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next year will surely be a treat for race fans. The American Le Mans Series will compete May 9-11 and GRAND-AM Road Racing will race September 7 and 8 with two competitive series, Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Challenge, within the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda event.
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its second straight victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But another thrilling GT battle stole the show as Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner also took their second consecutive class win.
A home race for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will see the team start on pole position. Klaus Graf was the fastest qualifier for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón on Friday with a lap of 1:13.573 (109.508 mph) in his Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype.
Less than a week after it hit the track for the first time, Dempsey Racing’s Lola-Judd prototype finished Thursday’s test for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón with the third-fastest time in P2. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, fellow team co-owner Joe Foster and Jonny Cocker each got time in the two-hour test at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The trio’s best lap was a 1:19.698 (101.092 mph) effort in the lead-up to the third round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. That was good enough for fifth overall among the 35-car entry.
One round removed from its first victory of the season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing set the fastest time Thursday in testing for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón. Lucas Luhr posted a best lap of 1:16.88 (104.788 mph) in the Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype he shares with Klaus Graf for Saturday’s six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The glitz and glamour of Hollywood is not on actor Patrick Dempsey’s mind when he is on the race track. His focus is completely on the task at hand – racing for the win – and with a new addition to his race team he is more determined than ever to capture the checkered flag.
Dempsey Racing took delivery of its new Judd-powered Lola B12/80 LMP2 coupe chassis just two weeks ago and with plenty of long hours and recent testing at Miller Motorsports Park, they are ready to compete at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron May 11-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Adrian Fernandez has just about done it all in racing: Motocross rider, Formula Ford, Indy Lights, Champ Cars, IndyCars, NASCAR, LMP2 and LMP1 driver; team owner in CART, IRL and ALMS. This year finds him in the midst of yet another chapter in his varied and successful career: driving Aston Martin’s Vantage GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship and selected races in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
There are some interesting story lines developing for this year’s battle for drivers’, and manufacturers’ honors in the Pirelli World Challenge Series as it returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Cadillac Sports Car Grand Prix. A large, 43 car field is set to race May 11 as part of the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón race weekend.
In his return to the Pirelli World Challenge Series after having won the driver’s championship last year, Patrick Long clinched victory Saturday at at Miller Motorsports Park. Having won pole position, Long fell to second at the start, to the charging Cadillac of Johnny O’Connell. Long and O’Connell gapped the rest of the field for the first six laps before Long was able to pass the Cadillac into turn one, and once at the front of the race, checked out to win by 3.032 seconds over championship leader O’Connell.
Thirty-four of the world’s top sports cars take on the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit next week in the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón. This six-hour enduro in Monterey, Calif., offers a heartier points payout and, with the Le Mans break on the horizon, represents a pivotal moment in the 2012 season.
Acting has opened a lot of doors for Patrick Dempsey, “Dr. McDreamy” of the ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy and star of a number of motion pictures. But he has put in some long hours and plenty of hard work to turn the dream of being a professional race driver into reality.
This year’s American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón is the 14th race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. A number of drivers and teams seem to find Monterey as a home away from home given their amount of success at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.
Who should you watch during the six-hour endurance race on May 12? Here are a couple of names…
Project Libra is pleased to announce it will enter a Radical SR9 in the American Le Mans Series’ next race, the American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patrón, on May 10-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Open-wheel standouts Andrew Prendeville and Rusty Mitchell (a graduate of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear) plus one other driver yet to be determined will drive the car, which will compete in the LMP2 class in the 6-hour endurance race.
The American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón is providing an opportunity for VW car owners/clubs to unite and join in on the fun and racing action May 11-12.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s VW Car Corral experience includes a two-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, one souvenir program and preferred parking with other VWs, all for just $90.
“We’ve put this offer together so VW enthusiasts can enjoy a VIP experience as part of our world-class event,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Some may only take steps to be green around Earth Day (April 22), but the American Le Mans Series is green year-round and it brings its unique, eco-conscious style of racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 11-12.
There are plenty of rivalries and Northern California fans will have to choose their favorites at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón, May 11-12, 2012 with at least nine regional drivers competing.
The American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron is a six-hour endurance race that features multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together with constant passing and on-track battles throughout. The race takes competitors from daylight to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The 2012 race will feature Northern California natives:
Townsend Bell (San Francisco) calls Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the birthplace of his inspiration to become a driver. In 1996 he attended a three-day Skip Barber Racing School class and said from the moment he was buckled in, a light switch went on, and he knew what he wanted to do with his life – race – and he hadn’t event started up the engine. This year he will co-pilot Alex Job Racing’s new Lotus Evora in the American Le Mans Series.
Ken Dobson (Carmel Valley) grew up just over the hills from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, worked as an instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School and probably knows the racetrack better than most. Today he drives in the American Le Mans Series with Butch Leitzinger and Rudy Junco in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA FLM09.
Memo Gidley (Novato) grew up on the Pacific Ocean between Mexico and Northern California, living as “anchor outs” with his family in the San Francisco Bay, before moving to dry land and the town of San Rafael. His first foray into racing was with motorcycles, but a trip to the CART race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca convinced Gidley to pursue open-wheel racing. Gidely climbed his way up the ladder to Champ Car where he recorded three podium finishes with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2001. Gidley pilots the #5 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ORECA FLM09 and comes into the 2012 ALMS season with four starts, three top-5 and two top-3 finishes.
Michael Guasch (Pleasant Hill) brings a lengthy and diverse resume to the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing lineup. Guasch’s racing background includes 2011 LMPC victory at Sebring with Genoa Racing, and a long history in IMSA support series and FIA GT3 competition.
Joey Hand (Sacramento) is in the midst of his busiest season yet, racing in both the American Le Mans Series stateside and German Touring Cars (DTM) in Europe. Hand is on a mission to defend his 2011 GT drivers’ championship that he shared with co-pilot Dirk Mueller in the No. 56 BMW E92 M3. He is a two time 12 Hours of Sebring GT winner (2011 and 2012) and a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona (2011).
Seth Nieman (San Francisco) is a driver and team principal for Flying Lizards Motorsports piloting the No. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Now in its ninths season of competition, Flying Lizard Motorsports won GT championships in 2008 and 2009.
Greg Pickett (Alamo) leads Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and their new Honda-powered P1 entry. Since entering the American Le Mans Series in 2008, the team has seven wins and has been runner-up in the championship the past two seasons.
Henri Richard (Los Altos Hills) returns to the Prototype Challenge class (PC) with Dempsey Racing. Last year he competed in the PC class with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, prior to which for drove with TRG Porsche in GT Challenge (GTC). Richard is a former Ferrari Challenge competitor who got his start racing 125cc motorcycles and rallies in his native France.
Johannes van Overbeek (Oakland) is consistently a championship contender in the American Le Mans Series, returning for his third season with Extreme Speed Motorsports in the GT class driving a Ferrari F458 Italia with team owner Scott Sharp. Van Overbeek has posted race victories with both Porsche and BMW in his career and won the 2007 Porsche Cup, which is presented annually to world’s top independent Porsche driver.
Advance purchase general admission is $60 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are free with paying adult. There is complimentary parking and VIP parking available for $30. Hospitality options start at $250 per person.
With fast cars, interactive displays, fireworks, autograph sessions and so much more, there is ample action for spectators during the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron May 11-12, both on and off the race track.
Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
Intent on recapturing the form that made it sports car racing’s dominant GT force in the early days of the ALMS, SRT Viper will return to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón this season. SRT Viper Racing is set to debut its competition-ready SRT Viper GTS-R later in 2012, Chrysler Group officials announced today at the New York Auto Show.
Dempsey Racing principals and co-drivers Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster confirmed today the team’s entry into the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) P2 division with a partial schedule of races this year, fulltime competition in future seasons, and a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, possibly as soon as 2013.
Two-time sports car racing champion and experienced Ferrari driver Jeff Segal has joined the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) team for this weekend’s 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
From the 14-year-old who snuck into a Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) volunteer barbecue to the well-respected race car driver he is today, Townsend Bell, will be a welcome sight as he returns to his home track at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón May 11-12, 2012.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 23, 2012 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off its 55th season with the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón, an exhilarating six hour endurance race, May 11-12.
Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The 2011 American Le Mans Series Championship was secured, with one race to go, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last fall by Dyson Racing who won the LMP1 Drivers and Team Championships. At that same race Mazda won the Engine Manufacturer title and Dunlop the Tire Championship. Dyson Racing wrapped up the Michelin Green X Challenge championship for the year at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.
A notable new entry to the 2012 American Le Mans Series is Lotus Alex Job Racing. This is the first time a factory backed Lotus has participated in the Series and they couldn’t have chosen a better partner; Alex Job Racing is the longest competing and most successful team in the American Le Mans Series. IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell and ALMS Founders Cup winner Bill Sweedler are the team’s drivers.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup, Unlimited Racing Championship, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, Cadillac Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama support races provide on-track activity throughout the weekend. Off-track offerings include driver autograph sessions, grid walk, race simulators, tech talks, and of course, plenty of food, beer, wine and Patrón.
Advance purchase general admission is $60 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. There is free parking and VIP parking available for $30. Hospitality options start at $250 per person.
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