When the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off in 2014, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Grand-Am will be running under one banner for the first time in history.
The merger was finalized last year, and the new combined series has announced its class structure that will be effective for the 2014 and 2015 race seasons, taking a “best of both worlds” multi-class approach. Based on a philosophy of inclusion, the new race series has announced that the majority of classes from both race series will be retained except for ALMS’ P1 prototype class.
“This process is not being rushed. We are carefully gathering input from drivers, teams and stakeholders throughout the sports car industry, emphasizing inclusion, as we work toward a simple – but also complex – goal: we want to get it right the first time,” said Grand-Am Managing Director of Competition, Richard Buck.
Though individual names for each class have yet to be determined, information revealed which class from the two series will be combined.
Grand-Am’s DP will be combined with ALMS’ P2 classes and will be the headlining prototype class that will also include the Nissan DeltaWing prototype. Performance of the race cars competing in the class will be balanced in order to maintain close competition.
The ALMS Prototype Challenge (PC) class will continue to run on its own, while both organizations’ production-based GT classes will also continue to run separately. As part of the plan however, ALMS’ GTC cars will join the Grand-Am GTs on the track.
As for Grand-Am’s new GX class, which will debut at the Rolex 24 later this month, it is being explored as a possible addition to the Grand-Am half of the GT mix for the 2014-2015 seasons. The organizations are also considering running the GX as a separate, fifth class.
“… This announcement is only a first step in solidifying our class structure. Our organizations’ respective competition departments are working diligently on balance of performance for the top prototype class, plus overall class specifications across the board,” Buck said.
Specifications for all the classes will be announced later this year.
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