The American Le Mans Series plans to join in on the racing fun in Detroit in 2013, says Scott Atherton, CEO of the racing series.

While we enjoyed being a very successful part of the renaissance of this great race on Belle Isle in 2007 and again in 2008, the 2012 Detroit race and the Le Mans test day next year share the same date on the calendar, creating a direct conflict which could not be resolved for 2012... In 2013 however, we foresee a resolution of the date conflict with the Le Mans test day.

Chevrolet announced that it was helping bring back the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for 2012, saying the race will be held June 1-3. In lieu of the ALMS, the 2012 edition will be supported by the area's first Grand-Am race, as well as a Cadillac V-Series Challenge and an Indy Light race.

See the complete press release from the ALMS after the break.
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ALMS TARGETING A RETURN TO DETROIT IN 2013
Conflict with Le Mans Test Day preventing 2012 appearance


Following Wednesday's announcement regarding the return of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón President and CEO Scott Atherton shared plans for the Series to be part of the 2013 edition of the race. A scheduling conflict between the 2012 race and the test day for next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans will prevent North America's premier sports car championship from placing Detroit into its June TBD date.

"While we enjoyed being a very successful part of the renaissance of this great race on Belle Isle in 2007 and again in 2008, the 2012 Detroit race and the Le Mans test day next year share the same date on the calendar, creating a direct conflict which could not be resolved for 2012," Atherton said.

"In 2013 however, we foresee a resolution of the date conflict with the Le Mans test day, enabling the ALMS to compete in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. While our participation in this classic Motor City race is not possible in 2012, we will continue to work hard with everyone involved to take part in 2013."

The 2012 ALMS championship will begin with the 60th anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 17. Multiple classes of exotic, purpose-built prototypes and the world's finest production-based GT cars will compete together at North America's premier road courses and urban street circuits.


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      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      YESSSS i will be heading back to my home town for this race, SUCH great news for the amazing city
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, now SCCA World Challenge and V8 Supercars please.
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news... Road course racing seems to be getting more popular. I personally find this type of racing with mixed classes on a road course to be far more exciting than a Nascar style race. I'm fortunate to have ALMS and Grand AM come to Lime Rock yearly.
      Chris Woolman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool! Just noticed that Grand Am will be at the same event. That doesn't happen too often. http://www.grand-am.com/news/index.cfm?series=r&cid=50855
        sukispeed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Woolman
        Grand Am in 2012, ALMS in 2013, I cannot see both series there in 2013
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is going to be great!! With this being an early season race and the teams are going to be fighting for the points. So there won't be no lollygagging around the track.
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can they do the same for the Baltimore GP next year? Pretty please?