Monday, February 23, 2009

'09 schedule fun dip- ALMS style

The American Le Mans Series is perhaps the most entertaining big-deal racing series in the country. The hip kids acronym it down to 'ALMS' and the cleverness doesn't end there. The series' features interesting looking cars, manufacturer involvement (that's a novel concept), a tidy television deal, and a stellar on-track product. Add a reasonable schedule with some sexy dates (Sebring and Long Beach?! Really?) and you have the makings of a truly relevant motor racing series. Sure, the loss of Porsche and Audi involvement hurts, but the new Acura looks damn good in a skirt and the Dyson Mazda LMP2 reminds us of the Batmobile. Both are good traits to have.

So, now that you are sold on the ALMS schedule, you'd better be planning a trip to the event nearest your abode. (Or, setting your DVR really far in advance. Either way.) Here's a run down of what's what and what's where for '09.

Oh, with some on-boards. Naturally.

57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida

March 21th. Live coverage begins at 10AM EDT on SPEED.

Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg

April 4th. Live coverage begins at 1:30PM EDT on ABC.

Long Beach Grand Prix

April 19th. Tape delayed coverage begins at 12:30PM EDT on ABC. The actual race is contested on the 18th, for those interested in rocking the LBC in person.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels

May 17th. Live coverage begins at 3PM EDT on SPEED.

American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix

July 18th. Live coverage begins at 2PM EDT on SPEED.

Acura Sports Car Challenge

August 8th. Tape delayed coverage begins 2PM EDT on NBC.

The exciting conclusion coming soon. Featured tracks include Road America and Mosport. We can't wait either.

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