One of the main concerns with the recent American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Grand-Am merger was the involvement and relationship with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which is the organizing entity behind the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That can be put to rest however, as the organizations met with one another to find a way to put it all together.
ACO President, Pierre Fillon, welcomed both Don Panoz and Jim France to Le Mans so that each person could express his vision for the future of endurance racing. The group discussed the future of the new series on North America, the FIA Endurance Championships, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and technical aspects of the series.
More importantly, each one left the initial meeting promising that there will be more. The next one will take place on American soil, where ACO will continue developing its relationship with its American partner.