Washington D.C. and Mexico races axed

The American Le Mans Series has been forced to cancel two of its events for this season. Both the Washington D.C. street race and the inaugural event at Mexico City's refurbished Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez have been axed because of unspecified "organisational" problems

Washington D.C. and Mexico races axed

The Mexican race was due to run on April 5, with the Washington event scheduled for June 29. ALMS officials have indicated that they are seeking replacement events to fill the gaps in the schedule.

A statement from ALMS officials said: "Due to numerous issues that have caused cancellations by both event promoters, American Le Mans Series events that were to be run in 2003 in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., will not be held."


Scott Atherton, the President of the ALMS added: "It is with deep regret that we have been forced to make this announcement. It is profoundly unfortunate that both these events have been simultaneously cancelled, but a variety of circumstances will prevent each event organiser from holding their races this year.

"The removal of these two events from our schedule has immediate impact on our fans, race teams, sponsors, suppliers, manufacturers and media who have made plans to be at these races, and right now that is our primary concern."

Atherton did not elaborate on the exact reason why each event was cancelled, but suggested that ALMS would work with the organisers of both races to secure their return to the ALMS schedule in the future.

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