2009 American Le Mans Series Thread

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  1. RACECAR

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    2009 marks an interesting year of the American Le Mans Series with Audi for the first time since 1999 not doing a full schedule campeign, Acura Moving up to P1, The arrival of the Zytek Hybrids, Dyson and Mazda teaming up, Corvette Going GT2, the return of BMW, and possibly the arrival of the Ford GT in the GT1 class. This thread will be dedicated to this series with the latest news, race results, and discussions throughout the season. Before we get to it however, there one rule that needs to be stressed:

    Keep It Mature
    In fairness, Equality and with open mind, I ask that anyone posting in this thead keep their comments strictly adult and sensible. That means no insults or arguments towards other users. Bashing of this particular series in any shape or form is unnecessary and not tolerated. You do not like this series, simply stay away and do not post, period.

    Now, let us count down to what should be a awesome year of the American Le Mans Series. ​
     
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    I'm sure I'll be going to Lime Rock again this summer. Anybody else? I enjoy being able to walk most of the track to get different sites of the race. I get to see a lot of friends that show up for the race along with tailgaiting with whoever. Access to the cars is cool also. I know this is no picture forum but, here is a shot of the chicane, turn one and the pit action.
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    Well, I already have my hotel reservations for Petit Le Mans. I intend to get infield parking and the whole bit too.

    I'm looking forward to another great season.


    So, anything other than Vettes in GT1 this year?
     
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    Didn't see anybody else in GT1 on the ALMS page. Heard something about a Ford GT though. That may be LMS. I didn't realise the pics had the vettes in both. Here's something else. If I post anymore pics would anyone prefer that I thumbnail them instead.
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    You have the same camera I do!:dopey: Great Pictures

    And the Ford GT program, Yeah thats to be run this season by Kevin Doran and Oliver Kuttner.

    Also, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning racing has Split.

     
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    Winter Test Days to set the stage for 2008 season

    However, you guys don't have to wait till monday to see the Acura. Look Here
     
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    Wheels Down Winter Testing is underway. There are photos at the Last Turn Club website. The Audi R10 set the fastest time on Day 1 with Peugeot not too far behind. Penske set the fastest time for LMP2 and were third overall in the time sheets. There are two more days of testing, and hopefully, more pictures.

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    How the hell did I miss this!? With all the recent talk about GT1 in our little corner of the forums, I'm happy to post that the American Le Mans Series has announced that Bell Motorsports will enter an Aston Martin DBR9 in the GT1 class.
     
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    Whoa! I didn't see that coming at all. Its been a while since I've seen bell Motorsports and it'll be great to see them compete again.

    Say guys, what do you think about the new Acuras?

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    There looking good, but why is the body work so different?
     
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    They're the same, except for the canards (correct term?). I've loved the look of the Acura since I first saw it.
     
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    Good looking car. Although I'm not too crazy about Highcroft's new livery.

    Different from last year's Acura chassis? Or different from the original Courage chassis? Mulsanne's Corner has a few comments on the changes to the Acura compared to last year's chassis. It's the January 23 story. :tup:
     
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    The Acuras look okay. Nothing special... I'm just pulling your leg. They're lovely! I, too, question the Highcroft livery, but I'm sure I'll be used to it. Only Pescarolo can pull off blue with bright green. I questioned the sort of learning curve for Acura, and they came to play in all races. I'll really need to see pictures of last year's car to know for sure what changed with these Acuras. My favorite color is blue, so I'll likely get used to remembering the blue and silver colors of Highcroft from last year's car. The body style of the 2008 car looks great. Perhaps Acura can continue taking out some trash in P2.

    I'd love to see Acura try out Le Mans with their lovely prototype. If they get those invites, I'm sure they will be up against some of the finest P2 entries in sportscar racing. Acura's toughest opposition will be those Penske Porsches. It's going to be very tough for them to beat the Porsches. It would be like Saint Joseph's or Southern Illinois trying to upset Duke or North Carolina.

    Other than that, can't wait for the ALMS to come by my hometown for some more racing as well as Houston's own Risi Competizione defending home turf.
     
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    When they come to your hometown you will quickly agree that Patron is the greatest thing to hit racing. Well, if they do it like they do IndyCar you will. They set up a bar in the paddock and at Mid-Ohio they had a model walking around in it.
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    Let's just say Patron knows how to put the sexy into racing.
     
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    I kind of think the livery on Highcroft's car is strange yet its cool. Its something different. I wonder Where's AGR?

    Or you could look at the Lowe's Fernandez Acura.
     
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    I like the Highcroft car also. Nice colors.
     
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    The Acura's definitely a nice addition to the LMP2 grid, though I'm not a big Andretti-Green fan. However, it's nice to know that there's a fourth on the way thanks to the Honda factory and Gil de Ferran.

    http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/alms/42793/
     
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    Awesome! another acura team. And is it just me or do the acura teams mainly have open wheel drivers? AGR has Bryan Herta, Fernandez for his own team, Highcroft has Stefan Johansson along with most recently Scott Sharp, and now De Ferran for his own team.
     
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    That's because they can adapt to the prototypes more easily than a stock car driver. Watching the Rolex 24 a lot of the open wheel drivers that had gone to NASCAr said driving the prototype felt like getting back to their roots and long time NASCAR drivers said they had a huge learning curve.

    I don't know how GT class drivers would fair, but if they are more used to GT class cars then they are more than happy to stick to the class.

    I do believe that I have seen some drivers jump between GT and LMP classes without much trouble. My memory may just be making stuff up though.
     
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    It's good to see BMW coming back:)
     
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    Team PTG's cars for their 2006 effort were M3's from 2001, right?

    Now they (Rahal Letterman) have a proper weapon to take on the strong competition in GT2. Next season should be very interesting.
     
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    I think so, Though they seemed somewhat different.

    Indeed, Though I think the teething problems that may pop up in its first outings must be put to rest before it can take full advantage.
     
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    I'm looking forward to going to Detroit this year for the ALMS event. I had planned on going in 2007, but a combination of car trouble, lack of cash, and lack of time kept me from going as I recall.

    One wishes to see the battle between Porsche, BMW and Ferrari in GT2. Of course, I'm always going for the Corvettes...

    I've been considering a trip to Road America as well, but thats a bit more expensive and requires a ferry ride across Lake Michigan.
     
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    You'll have to wait until the 2009 season to see BMW, but hopefully the privateer Corvette effort as well as the Ford GT and Viper teams can be competitive against Porsche and Ferrari. It should be a good race to watch in Detroit, regardless.
     
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    So, is there an official entry list for ALMS yet?
    I´ve seen the 24 hrs of Le Mans and LMS lists, and they look impressive enough. Is ALMS something similar?
     
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    Oh man this will be a great season! Go BMW! Did I really just say that?
     
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    It's a speculative list but it gives you a good idea of the cars on the grid this season: http://www.mariantic.co.uk/lmp/ALMS08.asp

    (Who are we kidding? This is the ALMS. An official list is still speculative. :lol:)

    BMW... not this season. But it will be a great season nonetheless.