American Le Mans to Race in Austin!

6/1/2012: It’s been a long time coming, but finally we have official confirmation that the American Le Mans series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) will race at the Circuit of the Americas in spring of 2013! For those of you familiar with the series, this is the exciting news you’ve been waiting for, and yet another reason to visit Austin for world-class racing. For others still wondering what the big fuss about F1 racing is about, the Le Mans series may be be easier to relate to with its familiar BMW, Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Lotus marques. These brands form one out of the five classes of race cars on the circuit at once!

American Le Mans is based on the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near Le Mans, France. It’s also the “Global Leader in Green Racing,” – various government environmental agencies have recognized that the series’ research and compliance to Green Racing protocols contribute to sustainable technology for use in our everyday street cars.

The eleven ALMS races in the 2012 season include stops in classic American circuits like Laguna Seca, Sebring International Raceway, Road America and Road Atlanta. Austin Race Hotels will keep you updated on the 2013 American Le Mans schedule & ticket prices when they’re released.

Read today’s press release from American Le Mans about the 2013 race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

In other news this week:

  • Austin’s getting a Fairmont Hotel! A 50-story, 1,000-room convention center hotel will be open in 2015. The hotel’s lot is on Cesar Chavez, a main thoroughfare between east and west Austin, which also intersects Congress Avenue, a major road heading north and south.
  • The members of COTA’s Circuit Events Host Committee have been announced. The CEHC is comprised of 50 community leaders, headed by COTA’s VP of Corporate Affairs, Sandy West.
  • First shots (well, they’re really renderings) of on-track action at the Circuit of the Americas! The creators of the F1 2012 game, Codemasters, posted three images of digital race cars in action at Austin’s circuit. See them here!
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Circuit of the Americas View from Main Grandstand

 

ALMS Race At Mazda Raceway 2012 by amyofbadgroove

ALMS Race At Mazda Raceway 2012. Photo: "amyofbadgroove"

 

2012 ALMS WEC 12 Hours of Sebring by kabelphoto

2012 ALMS WEC 12 Hours of Sebring. Photo: "kabelphoto"

 

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