The Weekend of Acronym Racing

The workweek is complete. The rain has temporarily abated. My supplies are assembled. It’s time for race weekend, sports fans!

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) are bringing an alphabet soup of auto racing to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. I admit I am having to do a little research to get up to speed (no pun intended) on exactly what I will be watching over the next few days. Here’s a primer for those of you as behind as me:


The different classes of cars in ALMS.  These cars are all on the track at the same time:

Open cockpit v. closed cockpit:

The different tires of the P1 class:

Passing under yellow:

The P1 class steering wheel:

The flags:

Keeping the driver cool:

In-car safety:


The point system:

Air restrictors:

Lapping COTA in a prototype:

COTA promo:


COTA promo:

2013 season teaser:

Classes of WEC cars:

Titles and points:

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos!