“This is an exciting moment in sports car racing," agreed Mark Reuss, the president of General Motors America. "This merger combines the best attributes of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series to create a singularly focused series. Congratulations to Jim France and Dr. Don Panoz on having the passion for sports car racing and the vision to take it to the next level.
"The joining of these two series will provide a foundation for Chevrolet to develop technologies and race cars with tremendous relevancy to the production vehicles we sell today and in the future," he added.
"We congratulate and celebrate this historic merger of North American sports car racing," said Jeff Belskus, the president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway where GRAND-AM made its first appearance this year as a support race to the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race this summer. "It has created an even more exciting future for this thrilling form of motorsports, which was met with a very enthusiastic reception from our fans during the IMS debut of GRAND-AM in July."