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11/25/08
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29 teams get early approval for LeMans UPDATE Eleven entries and nine teams from the American Le Mans Series received automatic invitations to next year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced the first 29 entries for the June 13-14 endurance classic, the most prestigious race in the world.

American Le Mans Series class champions each earn automatic bids to the following year’s running of Le Mans, as do class winners of the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans. In addition the top two class finishers at Le Mans and in the European-based Le Mans Series championship, as well as the winner of the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge and FIA GT championship, are granted invitations the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

LeMans winner Audi received two automatic entries
Audi Sport North America received the maximum of two invitations after winning overall at Le Mans for the second year in a row and at Petit Le Mans for the third straight season. Dindo Capello and Allan McNish were victorious in both races; they teamed with Tom Kristensen at Le Mans and Emanuele Pirro at Road Atlanta.

Intersport Racing also was awarded an automatic entry due to its second-place finish behind Audi in the P1 championship. Intersport was the class winner at Detroit and last competed at Le Mans in 2006.

Penske earned a pair of invitations from LMP2. Penske Racing captured the class championship for the third consecutive season with Penske Motorsports winning in class at Petit Le Mans.

In GT1, Corvette Racing also earned two entries with its eighth consecutive Series championship and seventh Petit Le Mans victory. GM’s factory road racing team has finished second in class the last two years at Le Mans and has five victories at the 24 Hours since 2001.

Bell Motorsports was part of the initial invitation list after placing second in the GT1 championship behind Corvette Racing.

Risi Competizione will have the opportunity to defend its GT2 victory at Le Mans, and winning Petit Le Mans gave the team a second berth. One of Flying Lizard Motorsports’ rewards for winning its first Series GT2 title is another invitation to Le Mans. Porsche’s lead team in America has been to Le Mans each season since 2005.

In 10 seasons since its inception, the competitive impact of the American Le Mans Series on the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been significant. In addition to eight overall victories, the Series has claimed a total of 24 class championships in the world’s most famous auto race.

Teams must confirm their entry by January 12. They are not permitted to use automatic invitations in a different class. The Le Mans Test Day is Sunday, May 31.

11/24/08 As the races and championships whose results are taken into account for the automatic selections for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours have finished, 29 entrants have been invited out of the 55 at the start

Taking into account the different results of the 2008 races and championships, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has selected 29 entrants in application of the ACO regulations. They are eligible to take part in the test day on 31st May 2009 provided they have confirmed their entry by 12th January 2009 in the category for which they have has been selected with a car complying with the 2009 technical regulations.

Teams Receiving Early Invite to 2009 24 Hours of LeMans

2008 Le Mans 24 Hours
The first two in each category
have been automatically selected.

2008 car

LM P1

AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL

Audi R10 TDI

Peugeot 908 HDi FAP

LM P2

VAN MERKSTEIJN MOTORSPORT

TEAM ESSEX

Porsche RS Spyder

Porsche RS Spyder

LM GT1

ASTON MARTIN RACING

CORVETTE RACING

Aston Martin DBR9

Corvette C6.R

LM GT2

RISI COMPETIZIONE

BMS SCUDERIA ITALIA

Ferrari F430 GT

Ferrari F430 GT

2008 Petit Le Mans
The first in each category has been automatically selected.

2008 car

LM P1

AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA

Audi R10 TDI

LM P2

PENSKE MOTORSPORTS INC.

Porsche RS Spyder

LM GT1

CORVETTE RACING

Corvette C6.R

LM GT2

RISI COMPETIZIONE

Ferrari F430 GT

2008 American Le Mans Series
The first in each category, with the exception of LM P1
in which the second Intersport Racing has been selected
in the place of the first Audi Sport North America entry,
which has already obtained two automatic selections
the maximum allowed per team.
It is the same situation in LM GT1 where the Corvette
Racing entry has been replaced by Bell Motorsports.

2008 car

LM P1

INTERSPORT RACING

Lola B06/10 AER

LM P2

PENSKE RACING

Porsche RS Spyder

LM GT1

BELL MOTORSPORTS

Aston Martin DBR9

LM GT2

FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)

2008 Le Mans Series
The first two in each category
have been automatically selected.

2008 car

LM P1

AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST

TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL

Audi R10 TDI

Peugeot 908 HDi FAP

LM P2

VAN MERKSTEIJN MOTORSPORT

TEAM ESSEX

Porsche RS Spyder

Porsche RS Spyder

LM GT1

LUC ALPHAND AVENTURES

TEAM MODENA

Corvette C6.R

Aston Martin DBR9

LM GT2

VIRGO MOTORSPORT

TEAM FELBERMAYR-PROTON

Ferrari F430 GT

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (997)

2008 GT FIA
The first two in each category
have been automatically selected.

2008 car

FIA GT1

VITAPHONE RACING TEAM

PHOENIX CARSPORT RACING

Maserati MC12

Corvette Z06

FIA GT2

AF CORSE

BMS SCUDERIA ITALIA

Ferrari F430 GT

Ferrari F430 GT

2008 Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge
The entry selected is the car that won the Thermal Efficiency
Index all categories combined at the end
of the Le Mans Series season.

2008 car

LM P2

HORAG RACING

Porsche RS Spyder

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