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GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series are to merge, in what the two series are calling "the most significant development in the history of sports car racing in North America."

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RSS - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 8:07 PM

"The announcement of the merger was warmly received across US motorsports circles."

What circles NASCRAP?

This is pretty much the end of quality Motorsports in NA as all are now garbage series IRL,NASCRAP and Grand-Am.

It's sad that all the good racing series could never put it together money wise. Meanwhile the trailer trash series live on backed by the France and Hulman families.

Hopefully the Rand run open wheel series will grow and give us something to watch in the future.

jimmy - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 11:28 AM

Well, this is quite a shocker to me. What cars will they run with? DP, or LMPs? And what about the connections to the international sports car racing - FIA, ACO, Le Mans, WEC?

PShooter - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 12:52 PM

ALMS was pretty much dead anyway, with only 2-3 LMP1 cars on the grid, GT class surely is pretty awesome but looks like it will be fully presented in merged series

Dylan - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 1:11 PM

F1600 and F2000 are great series but Rand doesn't have the one step before the big league and doesn't have the big league itself. Maybe he can approach Dallara for a very similar car like GP2 and approach Williams for an F1 like spec car for his top Formula series. But that's still very expensive and Rand has a lot of work to do to get there!

KGBVD - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 3:36 PM

And this is why I have to get up at 7am most weekends to watch decent racing.

The IRL/CART merger has resulted in a horrible circus of a series with clown cars. Only bested in their god-awfullness by the atrocities that are the Daytona Prototypes (and their kinky and family-inappropriate acronym).

Now we only get to look forward to ugly mutant chevys etc. instead of cutting edge audis and porsches. Sigh.

Maybe Speed will pick up some decent DTM coverage.

johnnymat - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 3:49 PM

I think some of you are premature on your predictions. You're operating on the assumption that the owners of the two series are idiots. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Imagine a racing season that would start with the Daytona 24 hours and then the Sebring 12 hours. Also a 6 hours at the Glen and Petit LeMans.
They've already said they're going to retain links with the ACO. Why don't you give them a chance instead of throwing crap at them?

RSS - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 3:58 PM

All the series are garbage in part because of the cars
-IRL (Dull-ara) the ugliest non open wheel car ever
-GrandAm DP's are re-bodied Trans-am cars from the 90's
-Nascar its a F*ing box with wheels ooooooooh!

But in the most part it falls to the governing bodies/owners/operators of the series. They have tried to turn racing into a manufactured entertainment marketing ploy to sell garbage to stupid people who can't afford that garbage.

Perfect example was the manufactured nascar jr bull(sh*t) in quebec a couple weeks back with 18 yellow flags to end the race trying to see if Villeneuve would run out of gas. Full course caution for a guy looping it and continuing really!

Last season F1 manufactured racing with DRS i hated it this season its all about different teams stepping up aka. real racing and that is why this season is so great.

Rand has started an Atlantic test season this year and it went pretty good so slowly getting bigger and better. ( I disagree with a one chassis serie

KGBVD - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 4:10 PM

@jonnymat, it doesn't matter how many prestige races you include in a series, if the cars are awful, the races boring, and the governing bodies inept, then it's going to be bad.

I base this prediction based on past experience. IRL was never good, Grand-Am was never good, both provided NASCAR style racing in spec cars. And both appealed to burgeoning NASCAR crowds.

I for one, look for a little more in my racing than a precipitation-phobic spec series.

Unless the new series retains Le Mans style pro types and GT classes, with proper manufacturer entries (instead of off-the-shelf rebadging exercises), with proper, world-class drivers, then there will be no reason to watch.

RSS - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 4:16 PM

@ johnny mat

I hope you are right but from what i have seen it doesn't look good.

Agree with Don Panoz being a smart guy but I think he doesn't care that much about racing anymore. Stops building race cars (Panoz cars not Elan) Sells Mosport (WTF!) sells ALMS (had stopped running the series a while ago) supports the DeltaWing? (This makes me think he might be getting a little senile)

For the Frances being smart well umm being smart enough to fleece some red necks out of all there money is great but doesn't give me any good racing to watch.

France Steps to success
1) Get Kleenex boxes with wheels (Check)
2) Get 40 Boxes to drive in a circle for 4 hours(Check)
3) Have 25 boxes crash and explode and make loud noises to attract red necks. Add random yellows when necessary to create crashes or suspense(Check)
4) Sell Rednecks t-shirts and beer to lower there decision making skills further (Check)
5) Show sponsors the amount of rednecks you have watching with questionable decision ma

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