SPORTS CAR SERIES MERGER A DONE DEAL

- September 5th, 2012

What started out this week as speculation is now fact: The American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Series will merge starting in the 2014 season.
All the details have yet to be made public but the two warring sides will finally put hostilities aside to form one series, keeping most of their respective classes and races like the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours at Daytona intact for the time being.
That means drivers like Canada’s Paul Tracy — who wants to go sports car racing full time starting next season — will have a place to race.
And expect to see the combined series at both Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Categories: Motorsports

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3 comments

  1. K.R.B. says:

    They said there will be 12 races in 2014. By my count, that means six tracks that have ALMS and/or Grand-Am races in 2012 won’t have a race in this newly united series. I would assume Mosport and Montreal should be on the schedule since they are among the better attended events, yet no mention was made of specific tracks beyond Daytona, Sebring, and Road Atlanta. This alleged “merger”, much like with the IndyCar unification, is really one series buying out the other. Grand-Am kills off its competition (ALMS) while acquiring their two most important races at Sebring and Road Atlanta. Some of the other ALMS races may simply not matter to them. Remember that Toronto was left off the IndyCar schedule in the first year following the ChampCar buyout.

  2. K.R.B. says:

    They said there will be 12 races in 2014. By my count, that means six tracks that have ALMS and/or Grand-Am races in 2012 won’t have a race in this newly united series. I would assume Mosport and Montreal should be on the schedule since they are among the better attended events, yet no mention was made of specific tracks beyond Daytona, Sebring, and Road Atlanta. This alleged “merger”, much like with the IndyCar unification, is really one series buying out the other. Grand-Am kills off its competition (ALMS) while acquiring their two most important races at Sebring and Road Atlanta. Some of the other ALMS events may simply not matter to them. Remember that Toronto was left off the IndyCar schedule in the first year following the ChampCar buyout.

  3. K.R.B. says:

    They said there will be 12 races in 2014. By my count, that means six tracks that have ALMS and/or Grand-Am races in 2012 won’t have a race in this newly united series. I would assume Mosport and Montreal should be on the schedule since they are among the better attended events, yet no mention was made during the press conference of specific tracks beyond Daytona, Sebring, and Road Atlanta. This alleged “merger”, much like with the IndyCar unification, is really one series buying out the other. Grand-Am kills off its competition (ALMS) while acquiring their two most important races at Sebring and Road Atlanta. Some of the other ALMS races may simply not matter to them. Remember that Toronto was left off the IndyCar schedule in the first year following the ChampCar buyout.

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