ALMS race added to Labor Day weekend 2011

Saturday event joins IndyCar for three-day festival in Baltimore

September 01, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

An American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race will join the IndyCar Series for races on downtown Baltimore streets during Labor Day weekend 2011, organizers and city officials announced today.

Officials with Baltimore Racing Development and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said during a noon news conference that the Oklahoma-based racing organization will be bringing its 34 teams to Baltimore for a Saturday race.

The Baltimore Grand Prix weekend will begin Friday morning with IndyCar practice and ALMS time trials and end Sunday with the IZOD IndyCar Series race.

"By adding the American Le Mans Series, one of world's leading sports car series, we are greatly enhancing what is being offered to fans during the Baltimore Grand Prix weekend," Rawlings-Blake said. "The Le Mans Series will attract more racing fans to Baltimore, and will make the Grand Prix and even greater success for the City."

It will mark the first time since an ALMS race was held in Washington in 2002 that big-time professional racing has come to the region.

The ALMS race will be held the Saturday before Labor Day, with the IndyCar race Sunday. IndyCar practices will be held along with ALMS time trials Friday. The IndyCar time trials will be held Saturday before the ALMS race.

The series, which began in 1999, has a race in Sebring, Fla., that is similar to the legendary 24-hour race in Le Mans, France. Its other races are as long as 10 hours or 1,000 miles, but races in the series typically run for two hours and 45 minutes. Courses are typically two to three miles in length.

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