The four racing teams that scored victories in Audi presents Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 at Road Atlanta were winners in one of the world's most prestigious sports car races that ended the 2002 ALMS season. But they also won more... The four winning teams also became automatic entrants into the 2003 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

As part of the American Le Mans Series' agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organizers of the famed French endurance racing classic, one North American event on the ALMS schedule each year is designated as a qualifying event for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 1,000-mile Audi presents Petit Le Mans holds that distinction.

Audi Sport North America (LMP 900 class), Intersport (LMP 675 class), Corvette Racing (GTS class) and Alex Job Racing (GT class) were the winners of Audi presents Petit Le Mans and all are now automatic entrants at the 24 Hours of Le Mans if they choose to accept.

Audi has won Le Mans three consecutive years, taking the overall win as well as the LMP 900 class win. Corvette Racing has won the GTS class two consecutive years.

The starting field for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is limited to 48 cars and is decided through a selection process. As another element of the relationship that exists between the American Le Mans Series and the ACO, racing teams that regularly compete in the series receive special consideration in the selection process.

Three of the class winners in the 2002 running of Le Mans were teams that regularly compete in ALMS events. In addition to the Audi and Corvette teams, The Racers Group team won the GT class in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Le Mans this past year.

The 2003 American Le Mans Series season begins with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway on March 15. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be run June 14-15.



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