ALMS and SCCA to streamline US sportscar racing

A landmark agreement has been signed by the American Le Mans Series, International Motor Sports Association and SCCA Pro Racing to streamline and promote sportscar road racing in North America. From 2004, the ALMS and the SPEED World Challenge will have coordinated race schedules. IMSA, the ALMS organiser, and the SCCA will also collaborate closely on marketing, PR, paddock administration, race control and safety procedures

ALMS and SCCA to streamline US sportscar racing

The ALMS and the SCCA will combine their efforts with the growing import-tuner motorsport scene and will share their existing relationships with , the agency that administers import-tuner activities at US circuits. The ALMS will also benefit from a dedicated section in Sports Car magazine, which reaches 65,000 SCCA members, and the websites of the two organisations will be linked.

"This could be compared to a joint operating agreement between two airlines," said Scott Atherton, ALMS president and CEO. "We'll share assets and practices to make each other more efficient, and we feel that this combination of efforts will result in the finest road racing weekends in the world.

"We're going to look at each organisation's core competencies and exploit them to the full benefit of the collective, combined effort to develop the brand of road racing in North America. We'll seek out and take advantage of every opportunity to assist and grow each series."

SCCA Pro Racing president Steve Johnson added: "Joining forces into one cohesive effort is a logical path for us in our effort to create not only the best road racing show, but the best road racing value. The success and strength of North American road racing is contingent on relationships such as this. A joint effort between the strongest, most stable sanctioning bodies and series will only enhance our events and products."

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