The American Le Mans Series race at Road America is switching away from this year's two-hour, 45-minute length to its traditional four-hour endurance length, the series announced. The race, originally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, also is now set for Saturday, Aug. 20 instead.
“The ALMS is endurance racing at its finest.” said Road America president and General Manager George Bruggenthies. “It just makes sense that this premier sports car series should have the chance to stretch its legs a little on one of America's most storied road courses. But most importantly, it is something that our fans have asked for, so we are delighted to bring back the four-hour race to our 2011 schedule. The fans have always appreciated the sophisticated racecars and the excitement that the ALMS' multiple classes provide along with that spectacular sunset finish.”
"Most drivers, myself included, will tell you that Road America is a great place to race,” said reigning LMP co-champion David Brabham of Patrón Highcroft Racing. “Its layout is fast, challenging and bloody fun to drive. The course has a great mix of turns, straightaways and elevation changes which makes it all very exciting for drivers and fans alike. And the American Le Mans Series always gets such a great reception there.”
The 2010 ALMS race saw Drayson Racing's Jonny Cocker pass Klaus Graf of Muscle Milk Team CytoSport two turns from the finish to win a hard-fought battle that saw the four leading prototypes finish within six seconds of each other.