|AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES ROAD RACE SHOWCASE RETURNS TO ROAD AMERICA AUGUST 16-18|
| Road America has hosted The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) every year since 2002 and the fabled four-mile, 14-turn circuit - the longest on the series schedule - still provides close finishes with narrow margins of victory year after year. A popular late-summer tradition, this prestigious event will showcase more than 36 cars in several classes on Saturday August 18. Everything from prototypes to production-based sports cars from numerous manufacturers in several classes will battle for position as they fiercely negotiate the high-speed straightaways and dramatic passing areas that Road America is known for. It is a racing spectacle for fans of all ages.
'One of the reasons why this ALMS weekend is so special is because Road America is the circuit in the U.S. that's most like Le Mans,' said George Bruggenthies, track president and general manager. 'It's fast and challenging, with sweeping corners followed by heavy braking. Every driver loves the elevation changes and the layout, which has remained unchanged since it was first built. You've got to have finesse to be quick, but also guts to get through the Carousel and the Kink - one of the most intimidating corners in the world. The other reason is that we will be providing non-stop racing action by showcasing several races for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GT3 Cup, IMSA Lites, USF2000, SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am and Unlimited Racing Championship as they take on our four-mile circuit. It's fun to keep an eye on these series' for many up-and-coming racers.'
As part of this weekend the ALMS finale on Saturday will be held to four hours. Its timeframe crosses into the early evening, which always adds visual impact to the action as the colorful cars and their beams negotiate the track in the late-day lighting, while brake rotors glow and darkness envelops the corners.
Fan activities are also a large part of the weekend's appeal with on-site camping, car corrals, autograph sessions, fan forums, public karting, and touring. On Friday night fans can enjoy the Tour de RA which starts at 6:45 p.m. including racers, fans, families, and cancer survivors taking their bikes around the famous circuit. Registration details are available online at www.roadamerica.com
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