US sportscar racing fans have had 16 years of schism and a further 16 months of anticipation after Grand-Am's buyout of the American Le Mans Series was revealed.
The new order of the United SportsCar Championship finally begins this weekend with the Daytona 24 Hours. That much is fact, but the uncertainty that has plagued this merger since its announcement in September 2012 will continue into the inaugural race. Which is a mixture of good and bad.
Bad is the confusion that surrounds the rules in the Prototype class made up of upgraded Daytona Prototypes from Grand-Am, and the LMP2 machinery and solo DeltaWing carried over from the ALMS. The final rules for this weekend's USC were only set in stone last Friday, following months of acrimony and bickering that isn't likely to stop with the Rolex-sponsored 24 Hours.