Big news for the Circuit of the Americas with the announcement that the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will be racing in Austin. This certainly seemed a natural and was something I was really hoping would happen. Here is the press release:
AUSTIN, Texas – June 1, 2012– Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today announced that the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) is the newest addition to the Circuit’s annual calendar, with the first ALMS race scheduled to take place in the spring of 2013, at the sports, entertainment and business development facility soon to be completed in Austin, Texas.
The ALMS features a unique, multi-class auto racing format that brings together five diverse and technically-driven categories of international racecars in battles of endurance at speeds topping 180 mph. The Series is based on the world’s greatest endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in France. Many of the world’s most iconic automotive brands compete in the Series, including BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Honda, Lotus, Mazda and Porsche. The Series and its teams enjoy broad corporate support from a variety of domestic and international sponsors, and a hallmark of ALMS is its commitment to automotive innovation and sustainability. It is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing by top federal agencies and is lauded for its focus on alternative energy solutions.
“Our vision is to bring premier sports and entertainment programming to Circuit of The Americas and to partner with motorsports organizations that put a premium on innovation, fan experience and environmental sustainability,” Circuit President Steve Sexton said. “The American Le Mans Series—with its highly competitive, customer-focused programming and its well-known commitment to Green Racing—certainly fits that vision. The ALMS at Circuit of The Americas will include an endurance race, which will be another thrilling experience for fans. We know ALMS fans to be extremely loyal and engaged, and we look forward to showing them a great time in Central Texas.”
I have a good idea of where I will be in the spring of 2013, how about you?