ALMS » Classes set for American merger


The class structure for the series that will be formed from the merger of the ALMS and Grand-Am is revealed at Daytona

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jimmy - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 5:47 PM

LMP2s in the same class as Daytona Prototypes? DPs are closer to FIA GT1s or even GT-Endurance cars. LMP2s could run in circles around them. There will have to be a major balance of power to even them out. And the death of LMP1s, well it was expected, just like in ELMS, but I don't like it. Hope WEC is a strong enough championship to retain this premier class.

Jaymondo - Unregistered

January 05, 2013 7:57 PM

Bad move, but hardly surprising, with anything the France family is involved with. DPs are old hat,Large Nascar based V8s are a thing of the past, and should of been dropped in favour of LMP1. Hopefully P2 will make the DPs look silly in 2014, and will force a move in the right direction.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 06, 2013 5:02 PM

They will have to severely restrict the LMP2 in order to have them compete against the DPs on an equal basis. On sheer aero dynamics and probably fuel efficiency the DP's do not compare favorably. Grand-Am has taken fuel efficiency somewhat out of the equation for their cars by mandating pit stops at a certain interval. The level of technology in a DP is more comparable to LMPC cars. And LMPC's can currently outgun a DP in race conditions.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 06, 2013 5:16 PM

Unless Grand-Am forces the issue and severely restrict the LMP2s to the point that they become hopeless against the Daytona Prototypes, most teams will eventually choose the LMP2's over the DP's.

Because if both chassis are comparable in the Rolex series, given that an LMP2 can be used at lemans, ELMS, WEC, and of course in Grand Am, that raises their resale value and usable sphere. Meanwhile a DP is only usable in Grand-Am. So if a DP team has lemans ambitions it will have to switch to a P2 to race at la sarthe.

I think on that argument alone the LMP2 is the better choice, at least so far.

But then again Grand Am has been known to foot the bill to keep DP teams racing to keep a healthy grid. Unless they give out free DP chassis or at a steep discount, LMP2 should win out if performance is fairly balanced.

SP3 - Unregistered

January 06, 2013 11:50 PM

I don't have high hopes. LMPC should have been axed or immediately had their specs upped to put them in with the 'pro' class (axing would be far easier). This is supposed to be PROFESSIONAL racing, no? Would help grid count also. The race distance performance of the P2 cars over the specotypes is more than a little bit. So, will the P2's be dumbed down or (somehow?) the DP's made faster. I'm betting the dumb part.

Nealio - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:00 PM

So a "balance of make-believe competition" comes to American sports car racing. NASCAR continues to neuter any competition to their stock car dominance. I can't imagine this series sending anything remotely competitive to Le Mans, ever. And their GT formula "best of both worlds", really? Some merger is all I can say, more like Panoz cashes in!

greenWASP - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:54 PM

What did you expect from gentified PIG farmer,Panoass with lots of land in N.E. Georgia. Penske or Skip Barber should have purshased ALMS. Sold cheep. Wilma Fingerdo ? Check out illegal 70 + year lease with Sebring airport authority

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