HVM Racing will join the American Le Mans Series in 2011 with a Lola chassis. Simona de Silvestro was confirmed as an HVM driver, though they never specified IndyCar; I wonder if they're going to pull the IRL program altogether and take Simona to ALMS with them (though they say they're committed to IndyCar, but they don't have the funding to do both...they hardly have the funding to just do one).
Two Lamborghini Gallardo GT2s will be fielded in ALMS as well by the Mexican West Racing team; Yokohama will provide funding.
A Panoz Abruzzi (or two) will also join GT2 full-time for 2011. No one else likes this car, but I do, in a weird way.
ALMS will divide LMP back into P1 and P2, which implies they expect to have enough entries to do so. I'm disappointed, personally. I know they want to comply with the ACO, especially with the Intercontinental Cup expanding (inlcuding two ALMS rounds), but it was pretty exciting to see the HPD battle the Aston for a class and overall win at Long Beach, meaning it counted for points, too, and not just pride.
Other ALMS stuff:
They plan to do more endurance races (sorry, not for me...I love the 1:45 ones, personally. Endurance racing can lead to a lot of strategy, which is interesting, and periods of less action as they have to conserve the cars more for the end. I don't know; maybe I'm just dumb and get bored too easily, but I loved the short races this year, while, excluding Laguna Seca, the endurance races weren't even worth watching).
They also plan to reduce TV coverage; those horrible docu-dramas one week later appear to be it for TV next year. I just don't get it. If you condensed the race into an hour program the next week with extra insights, fine, I'll watch that. But I have no interest in watching a human interest program where the only shots of racing are slow-motion artsy pictures and not the real battles. The broadcast needs to be racing with human interest stories, not human interest stories with racing. If they have to do time-buys (they probably will), then do a highlights program to reduce time.
90% of ALMS fans think developing automotive technology through racing is important.
52% of ALMS fans are willing to pay a premium price for cars with technology developed through racing.
75% of ALMS fans are more willing to buy series sponsors' products over competitors'.
60% of ALMS fans switched to Tequila Patrón due to their title sponsorship; brand preference of Patrón is six times higher than the second highest spirit among ALMS fans.
Viewership by the 18-34 market (the coveted one all sports are seemingly losing) has gone up 100% over the last two years (so now they'll squander that with silly docu-dramas).
Riley, Lola, ORECA, and Norma will build low-cost LMP2s; Roush-Yatesm, HPD/Honda, and Judd will supply LMP2 engines.
Highcroft will run LMP1, meaning no more HPD...
LMPC and GTC remain, though some LMPC teams are going to LMP2 (Level 5, for example), and the GTC field will be capped at 10 (2011 and 2010 Porsche 911s only).