The American Le Mans Series

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The American Le Mans Series was founded in 1999 by Don Panoz, who wanted to create a series based off endurance racing. The ALMS was a race series based of the world famous 24 hours of Le Mans. The ALMS keeps the same rules that apply with the 24 hours of Le Mans. The average round in the ALMS consisted of 2 hours and 45 minutes of racing. Other events host longer races, like the 12 hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans (10hours), and Laguna Seca (4 hours). The cars were serparated into 4 different class, and raced on the track together at once. There were the two prototype classes, as well as the two production based classes. The winner in each class recieves points. The team with the most points at the end of the season wins the championship, and gets an auto-invite to the 24 hours of Le Mans. Other ways to get the auto-invites it to 1)win the 24 hours of Le Mans the year before 2)Win at Petit Le Mans. Other teams who dont get invites apply for entries, and often get accepted. in 2006, 14 of the top 20 cars were represented from the ALMS.

Prototype 1 (P1) is the fastest class in the series. Manufactures like Audi, Courage, Lola, Zytec, and Peujeot. P1 cars are light and extremely fast. They consist of mostly Carbon Fiber, have over 600 horsepower, and reach top speeds of 205mph. The most famous car that raced in the ALMS was the Audi R8, which won Le Mans 5 times, and was known for its realibility. The R8 teams included Audi Sport North America, Joset, Oreca, Champion Racing and Veloyx. Today, Audi fields the R10, which is the first diesal-based car to win the famed 24 hours of Le Mans. Other cars include the Lolas, run by Autocon, and the Zytecs, run by Team Zytec and Creation Racing.

Prototype 2 (P2). This class of prototypes are usually slower than the P1s, but are lighter and are easier on fuel. Horsepower ranges from 400-550, with top speeds of 175mph.  Most P2s include the Porsche RS Spyder, Couage C65, Lola B06/04, and the Radical SR9. 2007 seems to be the year of the P2 cars, with 2 Penske Porsche RS Spyders, 2 Dyson Porsche RS Spyders, 3 Acura Courages/Lolas (AGR, Lowes, and Highcroft), Intersports B07/50 Lola, Mazdas B07/50 Lola, and Van dur Stuers Radical SR9.

Grand Touring 1 (GT1). This is a class of cars that are based off production cars found on the streets. Horsepower usually ranges in the low 600s, and have top speeds of 190mph. Cars include the Aston Martin DBR9, Corvette C5R and C6R, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 550 and 575, Lamborghini Murceilago RGT, Maserati MC12, Paigini Zonda, and the Saleen S7R. In 2007, we see Pratt and Millers Corvette C6Rs running unapposed.

Grand Touring 2 (GT2). This is often the slowest class in the ALMS, but not the least boring to watch! Every year, this class has more entries than all others. GT2 cars run with around 450hp, top speeds of 165mph. They're slower than GT1s, but make up for it with excellent fuel milage. Cars include the Porsche GT3 RSR, Ferrari F430, BMW M3 GTR, Panoz Esperante, and the Spyker C8. 2007 looks to have at least 9 entries.