2013 marks the end of both the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series. In 2014 the two will merge into the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USCC). On September 27th, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) released the schedule for the new series.
Combining previous events from both series, USCS will debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The 12 races on the schedule feature other familiar events to ALMS fans, including the final race of the season, the 10 hour/10,000 mile Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.
Pre-season tests for the USCC will kick off at Sebring on November 16th-17th. There will also be tests at Daytona on November 19th-20th and the “Roar Before the Rolex 24″ is tentatively scheduled for January 3rd-5th.
With two-years of speculation now ended, many fans were surprised by some of the events that didn’t make the list. Kansas Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park, and Mid-Ohio failed to make the cut. Likewise the Baltimore Grand Prix is absent from the list as that overall race has been cancelled.
While most races will feature all classifications, there are a few events that will have a limited field. Detroit, for example, will include Prototype, GT Daytona, and Prototype Challenge cars. The GT Le Mans and Prototype classes will be the only ones racing the Long Beach street circuit. Perhaps the most surprising decision is that the Virginia International Raceway event will be split into two races: one for Prototype Challenge and a separate race for GT Daytona and GT Le Mans.
“The first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season will feature iconic tracks deeply rich in history,” said Ed Bennett, CEO of IMSA. “We are very proud of this group of 12 facilities which have been selected for the inaugural season.”
Here is the long-awaited 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship Calendar:
January 25th-26th – Rolex 24 at Daytona
March 15th – Twelve Hours of Sebring
April 12th – Long Beach (P & GTLM)
May 4tt – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
May 31st – Detroit Belle Isle (P, PC & GTD)
June 29th – Six Hours of The Glen
July 13th – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 25th – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 10th – Road America
August 24th – Virginia International Raceway (GTLM/GTD; PC)
September 20th – Circuit of The Americas
October 4th – Petit Le Mans