ROAD AMERICA ROUND RETURNING TO FOUR-HOUR FORMAT

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced today that its race at Road America originally scheduled for Sunday, August 21 is now set for Saturday, August 20. As a result, the Series’ 10th annual stop in Elkhart Lake, Wis., will revert back to a four-hour format instead of two hours, 45 minutes as originally announced.

“The ALMS is endurance racing at its finest.” said Road America President and GM George Bruggenthies. “It just makes sense that this premier sports car series should have the chance to stretch its legs a little on one of America’s most storied road courses. But most importantly, it is something that our fans have asked for, so we are delighted to bring back the four-hour race to our 2011 schedule. The fans have always appreciated the sophisticated race cars and the excitement that the ALMS’ multiple classes provide along with that spectacular sunset finish.”

You will get little argument from the drivers, many who categorize Road America as their favorite track on the circuit.

“Most drivers, myself included, will tell you that Road America is a great place to race,” said reigning LMP co-champion David Brabham of Patrón Highcroft Racing. “Its layout is fast, challenging and bloody fun to drive. The course has a great mix of turns, straightaways and elevation changes which makes it all very exciting for drivers and fans alike. And the American Le Mans Series always gets such a great reception there.”

The 2011 season marks a decade of ALMS racing in Elkhart Lake. The 2010 race was one of the most exciting in the history of the Series as Drayson Racing’s Jonny Cocker passed Klaus Graf of Muscle Milk Team CytoSport two turns from the finish to win a frantically fought battle that saw the four leading prototypes finish within six seconds of each other.

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