April 13, 2006
Acura joins American Le Mans Series
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New York, New York – Acura will enter the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS), initially competing in the LMP2 class, announced the company. This will mark Acura’s first factory motorsports program.
An Acura-powered endurance racing prototype will make its competition debut at the 55th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March of 2007, racing against manufacturer-supported efforts from Audi, Porsche and Mazda, and a variety of well-equipped privateer teams.
The American Le Mans Series draws on the heritage of long-distance endurance sports car racing in both Europe and North America as exemplified by the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 10-race domestic series includes the 12 Hours of Sebring – a major racing event since 1952 – plus the Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario on September 1-3. Other premier circuits for the 2006 ALMS race schedule include Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and Road Atlanta.