The American Le Mans Series has enjoyed unprecedented success this season thanks to the attention being paid to Audi and its dominant pair of diesel-powered R10 racers. In addition to the action in the top LMP1 class, however, the rest of the classes feature entertaining battles every race between the likes of Chevy and Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari and many other marques and independent teams.

The ALMS will be capitalizing on its success next season with a schedule that's grown by two races to 12 and features three new venues. The new races are the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 31st, the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 14th and the recently announced return to racing at Belle Isle organized by Roger Penske on September 1st. The Portland Grand Prix was the only race dropped from the 2007 season schedule, but the new races announced will place ALMS within some giant major metropolitan markets and more than make up for the loss of Portland's race.

All twelve races can also be caught on TV thanks to partnerships with SPEED, which will carry the three new races and the final four of the season, CBS and NBC. We've got one race left to go in the 2006 season, the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda's Laguna Seca Raceway on October 21st, after which the ALMS is on hiatus until the third annual Sebring Winter Test from January 22-24th.

[Source: ALMS via Fourtitude]

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