With the blessing of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest [ACO], IMSA has decided to delay the implementation of technical changes for prototypes competing in the American Le Mans Series in 2004.

The ACO, which organises the 24 Hours of Le Mans and makes the technical rules that IMSA administers in the ALMS, responded favourably to a request from the US body to delay the implementation of rules that would affect rear wing configurations, as well as fuel capacities for the prototypes. At IMSA's discretion, LMP900 and LMP675 entries may run legally under 2003 ACO Technical Specifications without any changes.

If they choose, however, cars in both classes may also run under the 2004 ACO regulations.

"Obtaining this consent from the ACO is consistent with the commitment we made to the competitors last year that cars would not have to be changed for 2004," said IMSA executive director Doug Robinson, "We greatly appreciate the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by new ACO president Jean-Claude Plassart, and his willingness to work with us on this."



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