United SportsCar Sets 12-Race Slate
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 12-race schedule for the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship sanctioned by IMSA has been released.
The first season for the series, which will be the result of a merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Series, opens Jan. 25-26 with the Rolex 24 At Daytona Int’l Speedway.
“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,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Our event lineup 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. 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 12 facilities which have been selected for the inaugural season.”
In addition, preseason test sessions have been set for Nov. 16-17 at Sebring International Raceway and Nov. 19-20 at Daytona International Speedway. The test sessions will be open to all four classes of cars that will compete in the new championship: Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona.