American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
Since 1999 the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) has offered all drivers and teams the possibility to compete for a whole racing season alongside the legendary 24-hour race of Le Mans. The ALMS regulations, which are issued by IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), are therefore based on the long-distance classic: Two prototype and two GT classes drive at the same time in a single race. The spectators watch four races in one, as well as the constant jostling for position and overtaking manoeuvres. Year after year the ALMS fills its fans with enthusiasm thanks to the presence of many notable manufacturers and prominent drivers at this very open and attractive race series.
American Le Mans Series (ALMS) 2008 Calender
March 15, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring, FL
April 5, Acura Sports Car Challenge, St. Petersburg, FL
April 19, Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
April 26, Lone Star Grand Prix presented by MSR Houston, Houston, TX
May 18, Utah Grand Prix, Salt Lake City, UT
July 12, Northeast Grand Prix/Lime Rock, Lakeville, CT
July 19, Acura Sports Car Challenge/Mid-Ohio, Lexington, OH
August 9, Generac 500/Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
August 24, Grand Prix of Mosport, Bowmanville, ON
August 30, Detroit Sports Car Challenge, Detroit, MI
October 4, Petit Le Mans, Braselton, GA
October 18, Monterey Sports Car Championships, Monterey, CA
The 2007 season has been the most successful season in the ALMS to date for Porsche in the manufacturer's championship LMP2 class, with 8 overall and 11 class wins. Works drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas also secured the driver's championship for themselves in the RS Spyder, with Sascha Maassen and Ryan Briscoe taking second place in the championship overall. The Penske Racing team also expertly defended its winning of the team championship in the LMP2 class.
In the GT2 class, in which slightly modified production sports cars line up at the start, Porsche works drivers Jerg Bergmeister and Johannes van Overbeek secured second place in the championship overall in the 911 GT3 of Flying Lizard Motorsports.
This continued Porsche's run of success in the ALMS. In the last nine seasons (1999 - 2007) Porsche has won the manufacturer's title nine times, Porsche customer teams have won seven times, and the driver's title went to Porsche drivers on nine occasions.