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PSCR: Sears Point Added to Inaugural American Le Mans Series Schedule

19 November 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sears Point Raceway near Sonoma, California has joined the inaugural American Le Mans Series schedule, getting the fourth round on the 1999 slate for the July 23-25 weekend, it was announced today.

The announcement was made in separate news releases by Bill Donaldson, Executive Director of the new series, and Steve Page, raceway President.

The Women's Global GT Series and SuperStars of Auto Racing Series will also be part of the Sears Point package which will be sanctioned by Professional Sports Car Racing (SPORTS CAR).

"Sears Point is an ideal place for us to run," said Donaldson. "The Speedway Motorsports organization is executing aggressive plans to upgrade the facility and the San Francisco market is a strong one for sports car interest."

The American Le Mans Series race will be the first on the schedule to be televised live by NBC Sports. It will be followed by the Portland Grand Prix on August 1 and a September date to be announced as part of the network's three-race television package for the new series. CNBC will air four other events and ESPN/ESPN2 will broadcast the 12 Hours of Sebring.

"Sears Point Raceway has a proud tradition of hosting the best in sports car racing." Page said. "The American Le Mans Series has structured a terrific racing package that will bring northern California fans outstanding international level competition."

The exotic sports cars of the series will be in three classes governed by rules and specifications under license from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.