Road America 500

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ALMS at Road America
Road America.svg
American Le Mans Series
Venue Road America
Corporate sponsor eStar
First race 1950
First ALMS race 2002
Duration 2 hours, 45 minutes
Previous names Elkhart Lake Road Race
Road America 500
Grand Prix of Road America
Most wins (driver) Augie Pabst (3)
Chuck Parsons (3)
Geoff Brabham (3)
Most wins (team) Briggs Cunningham Racing Team (4)
Most wins (manufacturer) Porsche (10)

The Road America 500 is a sports car race held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event began in 1950, and in 1951 was added to the SCCA National Sports Car Championship. Following a spectator death at the 1952 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, racing on open roads was discouraged, and the race went into hiatus until 1955, when a permanent circuit was opened. In 1963, the race shifted to the new United States Road Racing Championship, until the USRRC's demise in 1968. After an 11-year hiatus, the IMSA GT Championship revived the event in 1979. In 1988, IMSA shortened the race to 500 kilometres (310 mi), and again in 1991 to 300 kilometres (190 mi). The race was shortened to 2 hours in 1992. After a return to a 500-km distance, the race was cancelled in 1994. It was revived once again in 2000, by the Grand American Road Racing Championship, to a 500-mile distance. Since 2002, the race has been an American Le Mans Series event, and after 2003 has been a 2 hour, 45 minute race. The only two exceptions to this was in 2007 and 2008, when 4 hours were scheduled. Porsche has won the event nine times, most recently in 2007. Augie Pabst, Chuck Parsons, and Geoff Brabham have each won three times as drivers.

Winners[edit]

Elkhart Lake road circuit[edit]

Date Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Report
Non-championship
1950 United States Jim Kimberly United States Jim Kimberly Ferrari 166 MM 100 miles (160 km) Elkhart Lake Road Race report
SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1951 United States John Fitch United States Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C2-R 200 miles (320 km) Elkhart Lake Road Race report
1952 United States John Fitch United States Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C4-R-Chrysler 200 miles (320 km) Elkhart Lake Cup report

Road America[edit]


Date Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Report
SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1955 United States Phil Hill United States George E. Tilp Ferrari 750 Monza 150 miles (240 km) Elkhart Lake's Road America Road Race report
1956 United States John Kilborn
United States Howard Hively
United States John Kilborn Ferrari 315 MM 6 hours Road America 6 Hours report
1957 United States Phil Hill United States Gene Greenspun Ferrari 315 Sport 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1958 Switzerland Gaston Andrey
United States Lance Reventlow
United States North American Racing Team Ferrari 335 Sport 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1959 United States Ed Crawford
United States Walt Hansgen
United States Briggs Cunningham Lister - Jaguar 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1960 United States Dave Causey
United States Luke Stear
United States Dave Causey Maserati Tipo 61 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1961 United States Walt Hansgen
United States Augie Pabst
United States Briggs Cunningham Maserati Tipo 63 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1962 United States Jim Hall
United States Hap Sharp
United States Jim Hall Chaparral 1-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
United States Road Racing Championship
1963 United States Augie Pabst
United States Bill Wuesthoff
United States Porsche Car Import/Oliver Schmidt Elva Mk.7-Porsche 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1964 United States Walt Hansgen
United States Augie Pabst
United States John Mecom, Jr. Ferrari 250 LM 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1965 United States Jim Hall
United States Hap Sharp
United States Ronnie Hissom
United States Jim Hall Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1966 United States Chuck Parsons United States Randy Hilton McLaren Elva Mk.II-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1967 United States Chuck Parsons
United States Skip Scott
United States Carl Haas McLaren Elva Mk.III-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1968 United States Chuck Parsons
United States Skip Scott
United States Carl Haas Lola T70 Mk.3-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1969-1978: Not held
IMSA GT Championship
1979 United Kingdom David Hobbs
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States McLaren North America BMW 320i Turbo 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1980 United States John Paul, Jr.
United States John Paul, Sr.
United States JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-2 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1981 Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Harald Grohs
Germany Andial Meister Racing Porsche 935 K3 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1982 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom David Hobbs
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 935 K4 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1983 Germany Klaus Ludwig
United States Tim Coconis
Germany Zakspeed Ford Mustang GTP 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1984 United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Holbert Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Budweiser 500 report
1985 United States Drake Olson
United States Bobby Rahal
United States Dyson Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1986 United States Al Holbert
United States Al Unser, Jr.
United States Holbert Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1987 United States Price Cobb
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
United States Dyson Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1988 Australia Geoff Brabham
United States John Morton
United States Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-T 500 km (310 mi) Miller High Life 500 report
1989 Australia Geoff Brabham
United States Chip Robinson
United States Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-T 500 km (310 mi) Miller High Life 500 report
1990 Australia Geoff Brabham United States Nissan Performance Nissan NPT-90 250 km (160 mi)A Chicago Tribune presents the Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1991 United States Davy Jones United Kingdom Bud Light/Jaguar Racing Jaguar XJR-16 300 km (190 mi)B Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1992 Argentina Juan-Manuel Fangio II United States All American Racers Eagle Mk III Toyota 2 hours Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1993 Germany John Winter
Germany Manuel Reuter
Germany Joest Porsche Racing Porsche 962C 500 km (310 mi) Piggly Wiggly Grand Prix 500 Kilometers report
1994-1999 Not held
Grand American Road Racing Championship
2000 Belgium Didier Theys
Switzerland Freddy Lienhard
Italy Mauro Baldi
United States Doran Lista Racing Ferrari 333 SP-Judd 500 miles (800 km) Sargento Road America 500 report
2001 Belgium Didier Theys
Switzerland Freddy Lienhard
Italy Mauro Baldi
United States Lista Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP-Judd 500 miles (800 km) Sargento Road America 500 report
American Le Mans Series
2002 Denmark Tom Kristensen
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 4 hours, 15 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2003 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Finland JJ Lehto
United States ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2004 Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
United States ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2005 Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
United States ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Generac 500 report
2006 Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
United States Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 2 hours, 45 minutes Generac 500 report
2007 France Romain Dumas
Germany Timo Bernhard
United States Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 4 hours Generac 500 report
2008 Germany Lucas Luhr
Germany Marco Werner
United States Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 4 hours Generac 500 report
2009 United States Scott Sharp
Australia David Brabham
United States Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a 2 hours, 45 minutes Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase report
2010 United Kingdom Paul Drayson
United Kingdom Jonny Cocker
United Kingdom Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 2 hours, 45 minutes American Le Mans Series powered by eStar report
2011 Germany Klaus Graf
Germany Lucas Luhr
United States Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B08/62 4 hours Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase report
  • ^A Scheduled for two 250-kilometer heats, the first heat was cancelled due to heavy rain.[1][2]
  • ^B A 300-kilometer GTP/Lights race and 200-kilometer GTO/GTU/AAC race were held, totaling 500 kilometers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Road America 500 Kilometers 1990, Racing Sports Cars, retrieved 2009-11-14 
  2. ^ History for Fond du Lac, WI, Weather Underground, retrieved 2009-11-14 

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