Unified US series reveals 2014 calendar
23 September 2013
The new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – born out of the unification of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Rolex Series – has revealed a twelve race schedule for the 2014 season.
The calendar features a combination of events that featured on the two different schedules this season, with four Rolex Series circuits alongside four that have been part of the ALMS. The remaining four circuits have hosted (or will host) events from both series this season.
“We have created a premium schedule for sports car fans, taking our new championship to some of the best road racing facilities in North America,” IMSA CEO Ed Bennett said. “Our event line-up also underscores the cooperative spirit of the merger between the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS). The 'best of both worlds' approach, our shared guidepost throughout the merger process, is certainly evident when you look at the 2014 schedule.
“We had many interested parties but for 2014, we only considered facilities from our 2013 Rolex Series and ALMS schedules. That was in fairness to our existing track partners, who have been such strong supporters of both series. The first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season will feature iconic tracks deeply rich in history. We are very proud of this group of twelve facilities which have been selected for the inaugural season.”
The season will start in January with the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and end with Petit Le Mans in October, with the Sebring 12 Hours amongst the other races on the schedule.
With three circuits - Long Beach, Detroit Belle Isle and Virginia International Raceway - on the 2014 schedule not having all four TUDOR United SportsCar Championship classes competing, each class (Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona) will race eleven times next season.
“This is, without a doubt, the best sports car schedule in the history of North America,” said IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton. “When we announced the merger plans last year, we immediately envisioned a dream schedule, one that our industry and, most importantly, our fans would embrace. Although it wasn't easy, we feel like we have arrived at just that. There were so many options to consider and we could have added more events, but we had to ensure that we didn't over-tax our industry. So, we stuck to our plan of going with the 'best of the best' and capped the line-up at twelve events.
“This line-up will have it all – historic road courses, major market street circuits and two of the most spectacular superspeedways in the world, Daytona and Indy. And it also will have the continent's new jewel – Circuit of the Americas. Overall, a dream schedule, indeed.”
2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship calendar:
25-26 January Daytona 24 Hours
15 March Sebring 12 Hours
12 April Long Beach
4 May Laguna Seca
31 May Detroit Belle Isle
29 June Watkins Glen
13 July Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
25 July Indianapolis
10 August Road America
24 August Virginia International Raceway
20 September Circuit of the Americas
4 October Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta