The American Le Mans Series and IMSA has added to Road America's 50th anniversary celebration year by agreeing a three year extension which will see the ALMS continue to compete at the venue through 2008.

The ALMS, in its seventh season, first raced at Road America in 2002 and president and CEO of the series Scott Atherton said he was thrilled to be extend the deal.

"Road America is without question one of the finest road courses in the world," he said. "Our drivers, manufacturers, sponsors and teams love racing here. The fans are knowledgeable and really appreciate what the ALMS represents. George Bruggenthies and his staff make it possible year-in and year-out to for all of us to enjoy an environment where we can showcase our series at its highest level.

"The fans are why we are here. One of the hallmarks of our series is all the fan-friendly elements we provide such as the Open Grid, Tech Talks, Driver Autograph Sessions, and Fan Forums. Obviously, we have been well-received here since attendance has grown impressively at Road America every year."

Bruggenthies focused on what the ALMS means to the track's race market, which includes the greater Chicago/Milwaukee markets.

"The American Le Mans Series represents the highest level of sports car racing in North America," he said. "This is the fastest growing series in the country, and we want to be part of its continued growth and play a role in that. Our fans love the drivers, the sophisticated sports cars and technology that this series delivers."

Although dates have not been announced for the 2006 season, Tim Mayer, COO of IMSA, indicated that Road America's slot on the ALMS schedule would not be altered significantly.

"This is a great time of year to race here," he said . "Road America has a great tradition, and the fans have come to recognize the ALMS as one of the most exciting circuits that races here each season."

 

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