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Old 8 Mar 2010, 04:51 (Ref:2647213)   #1
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ALMS will return to Infineon/Sonoma/Sears Point in 2011!

I spoke with a rep from Infineon Raceway today, and before I even mentioned my interest in sports car racing, he mentioned that the ALMS would be returning the track in 2011 in a joint race weekend with the IRL in August. He also stated that they were extremely close to getting them there for this season, but it just didn't work out.

It'll be great to see some real sports cars back at Sears Point!
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 06:19 (Ref:2647227)   #2
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Awesome news, my first ALMS race I ever attended was at Sears Point, not to mention I live only 30 min away!
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 12:01 (Ref:2647388)   #3
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Cool! always enjoy any race there!

There's been a few changes since the ALMS last raced at Sonama...
get any idea on more changes to the track or which portions will be used?
I guess they'll use the same layout as the IRL runs since they are sharing the weekend?
do they still go through the "carousel"?
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 12:15 (Ref:2647399)   #4
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That and add St. Pete for 2011.
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 13:35 (Ref:2647464)   #5
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I just hope there is an ALMS in 2011.
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 14:40 (Ref:2647506)   #6
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I would think that the ALMS will use the "Sportscar" circuit (2.52 miles), and ICS will use the 'Motorcycle' circuit (2.32 miles). When GA has run with ICS the last few seasons, they've still used the regular circuit for sportscars: no chicane before Turn 10, and using the hairpin right by the pits at Turn 11.

If SMI is softening its line, and the ALMS is getting cozier with ICS, it could bode well for having an opening to get into Watkins Glen.

RD, I seriously doubt things are that dire. We may have the Challenge classes now to help out how things looks, but getting new blood into the series during tough times is a VERY good thing no matter how you slice it. When things improve, these teams may well be in a position to move up into the main classes: GT2 and LMP1/2.
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 14:58 (Ref:2647513)   #7
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If SMI is softening its line, and the ALMS is getting cozier with ICS, it could bode well for having an opening to get into Watkins Glen.
That would be awesome, and they are currently doing a bunch of work at the Glen too, redoing runoff areas, adding safer barriers and new curbing that is FIA spec as well as other things.
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 15:04 (Ref:2647515)   #8
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I just hope there is an ALMS in 2011.
Champcar added laguna in '08.

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More cars in the ALMS, more cars in Patron GT3 Challenge and more cars in Cooper Lights series at Sebring, than last year. Every IMSA (owned) series has growth year/year. While it is feasible there could be more changes next year, I don't think these series are going anywhere.

I like Sears Point, and look forward to the races there, assuming the information is correct. If it is, it looks like Mosport's date might get moved again, but that doesn't seem to bother the Tundra Monkeys.
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Old 8 Mar 2010, 20:22 (Ref:2647747)   #11
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More cars in the ALMS, more cars in Patron GT3 Challenge and more cars in Cooper Lights series at Sebring, than last year. Every IMSA (owned) series has growth year/year. While it is feasible there could be more changes next year, I don't think these series are going anywhere.

I like Sears Point, and look forward to the races there, assuming the information is correct. If it is, it looks like Mosport's date might get moved again, but that doesn't seem to bother the Tundra Monkeys.
There you go using more logic, reasoning and fact to defend the existence of the American Le Mans Series! Buy a Picchio and run in the Rolex Series already.

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There are two Californian races in 2010's 9-race ALMS season. Is there any reason to add a third one? What they need is a second Southern race (Barber or Virginia), a Mid-Atlantic race (Watkins Glen or New Jersey) and perhaps a second Canadian race and a second Floridan race. But that could only happen if Grand-Am loses theirs.
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Old 9 Mar 2010, 16:51 (Ref:2648355)   #14
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There are two Californian races in 2010's 9-race ALMS season. Is there any reason to add a third one? What they need is a second Southern race (Barber or Virginia), a Mid-Atlantic race (Watkins Glen or New Jersey) and perhaps a second Canadian race and a second Floridan race. But that could only happen if Grand-Am loses theirs.

There are 3 races west of the Mississippi, the whole Western half of the country. 1 in the N.E. of the Central US (R/A) and 5 in the Eastern corridor including Mosport. Give me a break, if any races need adding they should be west of the Mississippi. A third race in Cali. might be a bit much (?), but that would be better than in the Eastern corridor.






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I'd be happy with Portland...
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