With viewers unable to see much of the first hour of Saturday's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio due to its website crashing, series president/CEO Scott Atherton addressed what happened.
The race was set to be shown both on ALMS.com, rather than ESPN3.com as it had been for prior U.S. races, with ABC TV picking up the broadcast roughly one hour in at 2 p.m. Eastern. Since the series' new TV contract began last year, ALMS.com was the host site for streaming for international viewers, but ESPN3 had the U.S. feed.
"Today at the start of round six of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, our Series website - alms.com – crashed due to server issues," Atherton said. "We are immediately investigating the causes, but we realize that apologies are not enough for our fans and our partners both here and around the world that look to our web site for in-depth news, live timing and scoring, and video coverage of today's race.
"We've prided ourselves on the quality and growth of alms.com, and we know that today's crash is totally unacceptable. On behalf of the Series, I want to express our deep regret to everyone and pledge that like you – our fans – we will not accept another such failure."