ALMS: State of Series Address

The Petit Le Mans this weekend at Road Atlanta also included a press conference from ALMS CEO Scott Atherton. The conference was to announce the future of the ALMS series specifically focusing on class restructuring and the races for next year.

The series will start the season the 12 Hours of Sebring and finish with the Petit Le Mans. Two distinct bookends of another terrific season. St. Petersburg will lose it’s race in 2010.

Mar 20 Sebring 12 Hours
Apr 17 Long Beach 1 hour 40 minutes
May 22 Laguna Seca 6 Hours
July 10 Miller Motorsports Park 2 hours 45 minutes
July 24 Lime Rock 2 hours 45 minutes
Aug 7 Mid-Ohio 2 hours 45 minutes
Aug 22 Road America 2 hours 45 minutes
Aug 29 Mosport 2 hours 45 minutes
Oct 2 Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans) 10 hours

Also announced was the class restructuring within the LMP 1 and PMP2 classes. These two classes will merge in to on and a new class will be created call the LMP Challenge. The LMP Challenge class will include the Oreca-Courage FLM09 and provide a more affordable class for more teams to enter. Gt2 class will be renamed as GT and the GT Challenge class, created earlier this year, will include other examples of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer.

The other big news is that Great Britain’s Lord Drayson and Lady Elspeth will return with Drayson Racing next year. The teams new Lola-Judd coupe for LMP1 released this week is 9th overall in qualifying for the Petit Le Mans.

The Michelin Green X Challenge will also continue for 2010.

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