AMLS And Grand-Am Series Together In 2014 As USCR

By James Williams
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The new United Sports Car Racing is now the new name for merged American LeMans Series and the Grand-Am series coming in January. They will kick things off at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and start off on their journey together.

The series will have what looks like a very entertaining 12 race weekends that travels from coast to coast. Some of the most interesting and challenging race circuits they will visit include Daytona, Sebring, Long Beach, Monterey, Detroit, Watkins Glen, Mosport, Indianapolis, Elkhart Lake, Virginia International Raceway, Circuit of the America’s and Road Atlanta.

Race fans who love the loud, fast and beautiful sports cars should be very pleased with everything that is now under the USCR banner. Now all of the top car-makers can compete against each other: Corvette, Camaros, Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mazda, Nissan, Mustangs, Dodge Challenger, Mini Cooper, Kia, Volkswagen and Ford. These iconic car makers will offer a variety of different styles of cars in this very cool series.

The lineup – in effect for the 2014 and 2015 seasons – is based on a philosophy of inclusion. The majority of classes from both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the ALMS will be retained with the exception of the ALMS’ P1 prototype class.

GRAND-AM’s DP and the ALMS’ P2 classes will combine into one headlining prototype class that also will include the revolutionary DeltaWing prototype, with performance of the cars balanced to maintain close competition. The ALMS’ Prototype Challenge (PC) class for spec prototypes will continue to run as a separate class.

Both of the organizations’ production-based GT classes will continue as separate, distinct categories based on performance, preserving each class’ proud history and loyal fan following. As part of this plan, the ALMS’ GTC cars will join the GRAND-AM GTs.

GRAND-AM’s new GX class that made its debut at this year’s Rolex 24 Hour back in January is being explored as a possible addition to the GRAND-AM half of the GT mix in 2014-15. There also is the possibility that GX will run separately as a fifth class.

One of the great things about the merger is having so many different classes of cars, drivers and types of cars competing against each other. We are talking Mini Coopers racing on the same track the big boys like the Audi, Ford and BMW prototypes. So, there will be something for everyone.

The best news of all is that we will get to see the entire series both in 2014 and 2015 on Fox Sports 1. Fans will, for the most part, see the entire series live, which is huge plus for sports car fans who have been relegated to the land of tape delay. Fox Sports 1 now has a comprehensive, five-year multi-media rights deal with IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) that solidifies United SportsCar Racing’s home on television through the 2018 season.

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