United SportsCar series unveils merged ALMS/Grand-Am 2014 calendar
|By Gary Watkins||Friday, September 20th 2013, 19:39 GMT|
Next year's inaugural United SportsCar Championship will incorporate 12 venues chosen from this year's American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am schedules.
Each of the four classes in the USCC will race 11 times over the 12-event calendar, which starts with the Daytona 24 Hours in January and climaxes with Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October.
The Prototype class, which will be made up of uprated Daytona Prototyes, LMP2 cars and DeltaWings, will not be part of the August event at Virginia International Raceway.
The GT Daytona and LMPC one-make prototype cars will not take part in the Long Beach event in August and the LM GT class will not race in Detroit in May.
Ed Bennett, boss of Grand-Am and USCC sanctioning body IMSA, said: "We have created a premium schedule for sportscar fans, taking our new championship to some of the best road-racing facilities in North America.
"Our line-up also underscores the cooperative spirit of the merger between Grand-Am and the ALMS. The 'best of both worlds' approach is certainly evident when you look at the 2014 schedule."
Bennett said that only venues from the two series had been considered for the 2014 calendar.
An announcement on which events will form the North American Endurance Championship, a series within a series that has been part of the Grand-Am schedule since 2011, is expected at a later date.
2014 United SportsCar Championship January 25-26 Daytona 24 Hours March 15 Sebring 12 Hours April 12 Long Beach May 4 Laguna Seca May 31 Detroit June 29 Watkins Glen July 13 Mosport Park July 25 Indianapolis August 10 Road America August 24 Virginia International Raceway September 20 Austin October 4 Road Atlanta/Petit Le Mans