DeltaWing may race in the ALMS in 2013

The DeltaWing sportscar could race in the American Le Mans Series next year, according to series owner and the project's managing partner Don Panoz

DeltaWing may race in the ALMS in 2013

Panoz, who is backing the radical car's entry in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, wants to see the DeltaWing continue to race after the French classic. And the ALMS founder hopes that a set of rules can be drawn up to allow it to compete with conventional prototype racers.

"As custodians of the American Le Mans Series, we'd love to see the car race in our series and we believe it would be a huge attraction," said Panoz.

"We have already had discussions with IMSA regarding a rules framework where the DeltaWing could run against either LMP1 or P2 cars in the ALMS.

"The secret will be to come up with a set of rules where the cars are competitive, without being overly dominant. We want to see a range of cars on the grid - it is certainly not our plan to replace all the current prototypes, but to supplement the competition that is already on track."

Panoz explained that the ALMS is the most likely destination for the DeltaWing as it does not fit any of the current regulations for international sportscar championships.

"The challenging scenario is the fact that the car doesn't conform to the current ACO rules so we would need to be invited by the World Endurance Championship as an unclassified new technology car to undertake any additional races on the world stage," he added.

"The ACO must be applauded for the Garage 56 concept [for an experimental car] and we have been thrilled with the chance to be a part of Le Mans this year.

"Hopefully we can return in the future. The level of interest from the media, partners and fans has been incredible and we'd love to build on that. We'll be talking with the ACO very soon about the future."

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