Photo: ALMS.com. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) will hold an endurance race at the 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Tex., starting Spring 2013. ALMS features a multi-class auto racing format bringing together five categories of international racecars at speeds topping 180 mph. The Series is based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in France. Many of the world’s most iconic automotive brands compete in the Series, including BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Honda, Lotus, Mazda and Porsche.
Circuit of The Americas joins other elite racing venues on the ALMS calendar, including Sebring International Raceway in Florida, Road Atlanta, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, to name a few.
ALMS is the only racing series recognized to comply with Green Racing protocols developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE International (SAE). These organizations see Green Racing as a way to foster technology developments for tomorrow’s production vehicles, enhance national energy security, and reduce carbon emissions. The ALMS, DOE, EPA and SAE have formed a partnership to demonstrate that advanced automotive technologies and renewable fuels can meet the performance requirements of even the most demanding endurance racing conditions and can be readily transferred from raceway to driveway.
Circuit of The Americas will be home to the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Nov. 16-18, and Australia’s V8 Supercar Championship starting in 2013.
Round four of the current 10-race American Le Mans Series season is the Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. The race airs live, Saturday, July 7, at 4 pm ET on ESPN2. ESPN3 streams the race live, beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET. The Series’ official website, ALMS.com, offers live in-car cameras, timing and scoring, and a live broadcast feed for viewers outside the US.