Now that it is settled that the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex racing series are officially tying the knot, the next big thing needs to be settled: What are they going to call it? Organizers must be preoccupied with either determining race classes or figuring where they are going to put so many awesome GT-class racers and prototypes, because they are asking the fans to come up with a name for the combined entity.

Dubbed "Name the Future," the contest started on November 20, but fear not, as it runs through the end of December. Simply head over to and take a shot at naming the series. Anyone who submits a name is automatically entered in a chance to win a VIP trip for two to either the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Jan 24-27, 2013) or the Twelve Hours of Sebring (Mar 13-16, 2013). In just one week of the contest, there have already been over 2,800 submissions.

The VIP trip up for grabs will include airfare, hotel, and the full race-weekend VIP treatment. That likely means pit access, a ride in the pace car, a behind-the-scenes tour, and more. The news of this contest comes quickly after word that SME Branding has been hired on to help create the brand identity of this new race series. So if you love sportscar racing and would like to have a hand in creating the new series' image, click the link here to enter.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      To get people to actually pay attention, call it Forza Racing Live.
        • 2 Years Ago
        That means there would have to be a massive wreck in the first turn.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR 2: Electric Boogaloo
      Paul Hamilton
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMSA. You've got the heritage, so use it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got one! National Association for Sports Car Auto Racing!! oh wait...
      Chris Woolman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been a long time reader of Autoblog and have noticed that the news just keeps getting less and less timely. This was news at least a week ago. That said, I'm a huge ALMS fan and I'm more concerned with class structure than the name of the series. They can call it whatever they want as long as they keep the great ALMS GT class and the international ties to sports car racing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just GRAND-AM, the way it used to be. Easy. Done. Next issue...
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      I don't care what they name it, as long as it doesn't resemble NASCAR in anyway. What I mean by that is it must be a series with mature drivers, maintains traditional rules for racing, commentators can't say "push", "loose", "free pass", etc. I know I'm only dreaming though since, Grand AM is NASCAR based and they probably can't help themselves, but on the other hand they have an oppurtunity to ligitimize themselves and I hope they do. Of the 2 series I always enjoyed ALMS more, but Grand AM was also pretty good as well, so hopefully all my worries won't come to fruition.
      • 2 Years Ago
      American Combined Endurance Series - ACES
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      Grand-Le Mans?
      Carma Racing
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      The best times for sports car racing in the US were characterized by very free rules - the early days '50s and 60's, the Can-Am and GTP. In every case when the racing got great and fans came in large numbers, the organizers fretted about someone dominating (our friends aren't winning), the cars getting too expensive (our friends aren't winning), too fast(our friends aren't winning), or something, and screwed up the rules. Both NASCAR and the FIA are famous for rules that make cars expensive, bewildering and boring. LeMans rules are an exercise in Euro -Socialism and NASCAR is so paranoid that they will not even let you know what the rules are; - try looking them up, or call NASCAR and ask - just for a laugh... Combine FIA and NASCAR, call it FAILCAR. Wish them the best, but knowing who they are does not inspire optimism.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if they didn't have the prototypes, I would have said ATCC or "American Touring Car Championship" much like the BTCC over in England. Or like the DTM series in Germany.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Grand American Le Mans Series Presented by Rolex
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