Don Panoz founded the American Le Mans Series in 1999 with an eight-race schedule. In 2000, the schedule was expanded to 12 races (eight in the United States, one in Canada, 2 in Europe and the season finale in Adelaide, Australia). In 2001, the schedule included 15 races (eight in the U.S., one in Canada, 5 in Europe, and the season closer in Malaysia). In 2002, the schedule included 10 races in North America. In 2003, there were 9 races all in North America. |
According to the series, the American Le Mans Series has been created to stabilize and implement a growth strategy for professional sports car racing in America.
As it heads into its 2005 season, it sees its four class structure battle it out across North America. With a strong tie to the famous Le Mans 24 Hours the series has seen some of the most exotic sportscars in history compete in its series.