After the merger between American Le Mans Series was announced last year, a contest was held to name the new combined series, and that new name is now officially the United SportCar Racing series. This new branding will take place at the start of the 2014 season beginning with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Fans of the American Le Mans Series are probably losing the most in this new series. Not only is the ALMS name (along with the connection to the 24 Hours of Le Mans) going away, but the more exciting P1 prototype class is also being dropped. In the new United SportCar Racing series, the new Prototype class will consist of Daytona Prototypes, ALMS P2 cars and the DeltaWing (including a new closed-cockpit version). The ALMS GT class will be renamed GT Le Mans (GTLM), while GT Daytona (GTD) will combine the current Grand-Am GT class and the ALMS' GTC cars. The Prototype Challenge (PC) and GX classes will both carry over unchanged from Grand-Am and ALMS, respectively.


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      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The ALMS GT class will be renamed GT Le Mans (GTLM), while GT Daytona (GTD) will combine the current Grand-Am GT class and the ALMS' GTC cars. The Prototype Challenge (PC) and GX classes will both carry over unchanged from Grand-Am and ALMS, respectively." ...could you make a chart or something?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      That groan you heard was me, here in the midwest. LMP1 is the class of the world. I understand that over the last few years there were only two or three cars in this class, but not even having the class available is a big mistake. Even P2 teams from overseas will turns their backs on the series. Also, the importance of winning here and being invited to the 24hrs in huge for me as a fan. I love seeing American teams in Europe. I love seeing European teams in America. Imagine, NASCAR management trying to make this as domestic as possible. What an idea.
      lasertekk
      • 1 Year Ago
      1. How much of a deviation from LeMans rules and spirit are we talking? 2. I'm worried the nascarified mentality will destroy the GT class. 3. How will the merger affect cross-over competition (either direction) with Europe?
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasertekk
        As Peter De Lorenzo would say, this is going to be a mile-long freight train of Not Good.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasertekk
        Oh, don't fear xenophobes (not you, lasertekk, I'm speaking rhetorically). They are currently keeping the current ALMS GT cars and the Daytona GT cars, after cancelling the LMP1 cars, they will eventually cancel the GTLM class as well. The excuse will be 'cost' but the reason will be the GT-Daytona cars can't compete and are being made to look bad & slow.
          Tom Winch
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drakkon
          You need to read a little more about this. I saw the live announcement on Speed. The top prototype class will be designated Prototype (P) and will include current ALMS P2 cars, the Grand AM DP's, and the Deltawing. The ALMS Prototype Challenge (PC) class will remain as is. The current ALMS GTLM class will also remain as is. They are introducing a new GT class, GT Daytona (GTD) which includes current Grand AM GT cars and current ALMS GT-C cars combined into one class. The last class is the GX class, which is the same as the current Grand AM GX class.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a very uninspired logo.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give them a little time, and Brian France and his minions will destroy what was ALMS, just like they're ruined NASCAR.
      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess it all makes sense for how these two groups are merging, and my real interest will remain for the Le Mans GT (GTLM) cars. I just hope that moving forward there are enough cars to keep each category interesting while not having too many cars of different classes interfering with each other.
      Bud
      • 1 Year Ago
      While everyone in ranting on about the classes and logo, to me this is insignificant to the schedule. Didn't anyone notice that it will now be a 22 race series with 17 venues. No matter if you are a big team or not this is one hell of a cost increase, maybe even needing two teams on the road all the time. The NASCAR influence to me is here and well, squeezing out every last dollar by holding more races, some at repeat venues. 22-17 races = 5 repeat venues, and I hope someone has done their sums as to the market absorption (some could even have 3 repeats ? ?) So this is the result of NASCAR, dumbing it down to a Bud 't know Light rather than a fine Chablis. I don't have a clue how they are going to get 22 races in with a month away at Le Mans if anyone will bother to go now.....or maybe each team will have 3 race teams on the road, two in US one at Le Mans....and everyone is wanting cost cutting ? I don't get it!
        neonrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bud
        Who said anything about 22 races at 17 tracks? They are not just going to slap the two schedules together and call it good. From the report on NASCAR.com talking about the schedule: "Expect it to include the most iconic venues and important business locales of the current combined 17 circuits the two series use now, with both Daytona and Sebring included." The most iconic and important of the combined list of venues. ALMS is running 10 races this year and Grand Am 12. Some events will be dropped and there will be no duplication. I'd expect something like this. Daytona Sebring Long Beach Laguna Seca Lime Rock Mid Ohio Watkins Glen Indy Road America COTA VIR Road Atlanta / Petit Le Mans Throw in Baltimore if you want an East Coast street race. That is a hell of a list of venues. I think they will drop Kansas, Belle Isle, Mosport and Barber. That gives them a great stand alone series and at least one joint weekend with both NASCAR and IndyCar.
      neonrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are losing the exciting P1 prototypes? You mean the 4 car class that hasn't had Audi compete full time since 2008? LMP1 was a dying class. I went from 6 cars in 2010 to 4 in 2011 to 2 last year. Sure Audi would come over every spring for Sebring but that is not enough to keep the class going. I don't have much faith that NASCAR won't find some way to screw it up. But a unified series is the best thing for Sports Car racing in the US. This will be the only racing series that runs all of the great tracks in the country. Daytona, Sebring, Indy, COTA, Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, etc. Big hybrid oval / road courses, dedicated road courses and street circuits. Certainly everyone should be skeptical of NASCAR but this has the chance to be very good.
      stratosrally
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they visit COTA - want to see that DeltaWing run there...
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to be pedantic. "and that new name is now officially the United SportCar Racing series" Reporting the official name incorrectly, once, is not good, but mistakes happen and it's understandable. Making that exact same mistake twice in the same article...sorry, that's just lazy.
      rsxvue
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad time to be a US race fan. I will miss ALMS greatly. Enjoy it this year while you still can. Sebring this weekend!
      GOVT MOTOR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid and rubbish name
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