American Le Mans Series ALMS’ Atherton Presents Pro-Am Awards at GRAND-AM Banquet

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    More cooperation between the two series ahead of ”˜The Future’

    Although the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series are more than a year away from operating as a unified series, ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton presented two prominent awards at the GRAND-AM awards banquet, Monday night in New York City.

    The two series will merge as a single sports car racing championship, beginning with the 2014 season.

    Atherton presented the Bob Akin and Jim Trueman awards to GRAND-AM’s top pro-am drivers in the GT and DP classes, respectively ”“ Aim Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari’s Emil Assentato, and Starworks Motorsport’s Alex Popow.

    “It is truly an honor to be have been asked to present these distinguished awards, and especially on the heels of last month’s announcement that the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM are merging,” Atherton said.* “It is also special for me on a personal level, because I was fortunate to know Bob Akin and Jim Trueman ”“ two great men who left us far too early.* Both Emil and Alex fit the mold of what their awards’ namesakes stood for in terms of integrity, gentlemanly interaction with others, and passion for preserving and growing the sport they loved ”“ endurance sports car racing.”

    Popow recently clinched the ALMS’ Prototype Challenge driver’s championship for CORE autosport, with his mid-September performance at VIRginia International Raceway.

    The ALMS concludes its season Oct. 20, with the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta.



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