Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ford, Mazda, Porsche, Ferrari and More
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 15, 2011) – Motorsports on Main, presented by Michelin, returns for a second year on Thursday, Sept. 22, with more features for visitors to enjoy. The event, held on
the streets of downtown Greenville, brings the cars and stars of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), allowing fans access to an exciting mix of ALMS cars,
drivers and teams.
This year's event will include these new items:
- An expanded kid's zone with activities for children
- A food and beverage zone
- The 24 Hours of Le Mans GT-winning Corvette Racing team and driver Tommy Milner of Leesburg, Va.
- BMW factory racing driver Bill Auberlen
- A specially designed Flying Lizard Porsche
In addition to these new items, attendees will also be able to interact with ALMS drivers through autograph sessions, technology talks and experience what
it is like to be in their shoes through race simulators.
The free event is designed for fans of all ages to preview some of the cars and drivers that will compete in the upcoming Petit Le Mans race, Oct. 1, at
"Motorsports on Main was a huge success last year, and we look forward to returning to downtown Greenville and meeting fans old and new," said Corvette
Racing program manager Doug Fehan.
Making his first appearance at Motorsports on Main will be BMW factory-racing driver Bill Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Auberlen will be part of the
special BMW Heritage display, featuring a BMW E92 from BMW Team RLL. The team currently leads the 2011 ALMS GT class championship.
The Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing team returns to Greenville this year with a stunning Aston Martin prototype coupe and victories in four of the first
seven races of the 2011 ALMS season.
One of the most colorful and popular teams in sports car racing, the Flying Lizard Porsche from Sonoma, Calif., makes its debut here with a special treat
for fans, the wildly colorful car by Troy Lee Design that was first shown at Le Mans, France, for the 24 Hours race in June.
"We missed last year's event and have spent the last 12 months hearing about it. We can't wait to meet the fans at Motorsports on Main," said driver
Patrick Long, the only American factory Porsche driver and a three-time ALMS Series champion.
Returning after a podium finish at Le Mans in June is the husband and wife team of David and Andrea Robertson with their Robertson Racing Ford GT.
A number of additional cars, drivers and special displays will be announced over the next several days.
"Motorsports on Main is the perfect opportunity for the community to celebrate the great technology being developed in the Upstate that contributes to such
a relevant racing platform as the American Le Mans Series," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin motorsports manager. "And with one of the biggest races in the
world taking place just 90 miles down the road the following week, there will be a lot for fans to get excited about."
Motorsports on Main will run 1-9 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Greenville.
More information - including the latest updates on teams, drivers and special appearances - is available by clicking the Motorsports on Main tab at www.michelinalley.com.
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.