The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has announced a schedule for the 2014 debut season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which combines the Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) events. The 12-race schedule begins at Daytona International Speedway on January 25 and ends at Road Atlanta on October 24. In between, the race travels to 10 other US venues, including Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Austin's new Circuit of the Americas.

In IMSA's press release, President and COO Scott Atherton calls the new combined race "the best sports car schedule in the history of North America." He notes that IMSA capped the race at 12 events "to ensure that we didn't over-tax our industry. So, we stuck to our plan of going with the 'best of the best.'" Scroll down to read IMSA's press release for the full race line-up.
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TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule Released

12-Event Inaugural Season Will Showcase New Series At Premium Venues

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2013) – Continuing its commitment to revolutionize sports car racing in North America, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a 12-race schedule for the 2014 debut season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship starting with the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26.

"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 (ALMS). 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."

Illustrating the post-merger synergy is the fact that the 2014 lineup features four race tracks currently on the Rolex Series schedule, four that are on the current ALMS schedule and four that are on both series' 2013 slates.

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. Session schedules will be announced in the near future.

The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule rundown:
  • Jan. 25-26: Daytona International Speedway ... The 52nd running of the Rolex 24 will be perhaps the most significant sports car race in the history of North America, as the debut event for the new championship.
  • March 15 Sebring International Raceway ... The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida – North America's oldest sports car race – will be run for the 62nd time. ... For the first time since 1998, the Daytona and Sebring endurance classics will be part of the same series and under the same sanctioning (IMSA). ... Previously the ALMS' premier event.
  • April 12 Long Beach ... Longtime ALMS street race again in conjunction with IZOD IndyCar Series. ... Prototype and GT Le Mans classes will compete in one of the largest and most important consumer markets (Southern California) for nearly all TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stakeholders.
  • May 4 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ... Historic Monterey, California circuit considered hallowed ground for sports car racing. ... On both series' schedules this season.
  • May 31: Detroit Belle Isle ... Also a companion street-race event to IndyCar. ... Will feature the Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes. ... The Rolex Series has raced at Detroit the last two years; previously, the ALMS was part of the Detroit weekend. The "Motor City" is home to many of the auto manufacturers participating in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship plus numerous supplier partners.
  • June 29: Watkins Glen International ... The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen endurance event in Watkins Glen, New York has been a staple on the Rolex Series schedule. ... Event started in 1968 and for many years was part of IMSA's former Camel GT Series.
  • July 13: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ... Historic Bowmanville, Ontario circuit – currently amid a massive renovation project – is retained from the ALMS schedule.
  • July 25: Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Brickyard Grand Prix will again join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend for third consecutive year, with Friday-at-dusk finish. ... Previous two years was part of Rolex Series schedule.
  • Aug. 10: Road America ... Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track has been on both ALMS and Rolex Series schedules. ... Hosted historic event this season when both series raced there on the same weekend.
  • Aug. 24: Virginia International Raceway ... Danville, Virginia track has fervent fan following and an ALMS race next month. ... Formerly part of the Rolex Series schedule. ... Event will have a combined GT Le Mans/GT Daytona race and another race featuring the Prototype Challenge class.
  • Sept. 20: Circuit of The Americas ... Spectacular year-old road racing facility in Austin, Texas hosted the Rolex Series in the spring this season and is hosting the ALMS and FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend.
  • Oct. 4: Road Atlanta ... The Petit Le Mans, traditional 10-hour or 1,000 mile ALMS season finale at the storied Braselton, Georgia road course. ... Event will retain its status as a link with the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With three circuits (Long Beach, Detroit Belle Isle and Virginia International Raceway) on the 2014 schedule not having all four TUDOR United SportsCar Championship classes competing, each class (Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona) will race 11 times next season.

"This is, without a doubt, the best sports car schedule in the history of North America," said IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton. "When we announced the merger plans last year, we immediately envisioned a dream schedule, one that our industry and, most importantly, our fans would embrace. Although it wasn't easy, we feel like we have arrived at just that. There were so many options to consider and we could have added more events, but we had to ensure that we didn't over-tax our industry. So, we stuck to our plan of going with the 'best of the best' and capped the lineup at 12 events.

"This lineup will have it all – historic road courses, major market street circuits and two of the most spectacular superspeedways in the world, Daytona and Indy. And it also will have the continent's new jewel – Circuit of the Americas. Overall, a dream schedule, indeed."

2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule

Jan 25-26 Daytona International Speedway
Mar 15 Sebring International Raceway
Apr 12 Long Beach Street Circuit
May 4 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
May 31 Detroit Belle Isle
Jun 29 Watkins Glen International
Jul 13 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Jul 25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 10 Road America
Aug 24 Virginia International Raceway
Sep 20 Circuit of The Americas
Oct 4 Road Atlanta

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Lime Rock Park losing their 2 biggest races of the year....very sad and unfortunate. What will I do now???!!!! Farrari Challenge I guess. Here's hoping LimeRock has something good up their sleeve (touring cars, etc)
        • 1 Year Ago
        While it is sad, I've got to say that Lime Rock is not one of the better venues that I've been to (Laguna Seca, Long Beach and COTA being the others, all vastly superior). They have one big screen for the entire track (which is partially blocked by foliage from one of the main designated viewing areas), the scoreboard is a joke in that it shows you only the top 5 overall runners (no per-class leaders), the loudspeakers are completely inadequate and can only be heard if there's a safety car and all the cars are on the far end of the track...not to mention the whole parking situation and event staff in general have a very amateurish feel to them. And let's be honest, the track itself is not that' basically a loop with a couple of chicanes thrown in. It's really not surprising at all that it got dropped, considering that there are much better tracks/venues that they had to pick from.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Need to ramp-up SCCA Pro like Trans Am weekends of days gone by....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take out Indy and put Mid Ohio back in.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a shame to see so many teams, drivers and race courses pushed off the schedule in the merger of these two series. Even worse that it is being done under NASCAR leadership.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Been a fan of sports car racing as long as I can recall. And I've been involved with sports car racing in one form or another since '89 Des Moines Grand Prix, including starting my 21st year as SCCA corner worker, and even 2 seasons crewing some races in Trans Am. Could not begin to care any less about USR. With the exception of the Lozano Brothers Cayenne-based Porsche V8 project, Grand Am's Daytona Prototype class has always been crate/spec engines in manufacturer-produced chassis. Hardly anything 'prototype' about that combination. Certainly nothing approaching the custom work/engineering seen in some of the ALMS prototypes over the years. Heck, just the Panoz in-shop produced LMP chassis AND engines wipe-out all of Grand Am prototype meaning or significance with one car's evolution. GT? Grand Am's "People are too stupid to follow more than one class with cars that look the same" says quite a bit. Yes, they will have more than one GT class in the future, but they really didn't have a choice. Grand Am GT is a couple of notches below that of ALMS and you can't expect global manufacturers to supply only detuned versions of their cars. Anyway, on to the sell-out by Panoz and his side-kick Atherton. Right off the bat - NO P1. Not for the US teams already in the class. And not even a space in-case the epic machines of Europe wanted to run in the US. No Audis... No Porsches.... NONE. And what happens to P2? Restricted so they won't out-run the Daytona 'Prototypes'. Yes, I've watched the 24 at Daytona, and yes, I've watched other Grand Am races during the season. It was still racing. It was still sports cars. It was still something other than baseball or golf. But no more. NASCAR can have their 'motorsport entertainment' watering-down of racing. With all the Internet options for viewing series from other coutries and with announcements such as this week's from Velocity that they will now carry EuroSport programming, (we) don't have to settle for USR. And it is a shame they've taken Lime Rock and Mid-O off the schedule. No matter anyhow; I certainly won't be working safety at any of their events. If there is a good thing about USR it is that I'm certain more teams are looking at running SCCA World Challenge.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dat Rebellion, DP's are terrible.
      Eric Munnings
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The 12-race schedule begins at Daytona International Speedway on January 25 and ends at Road Atlanta on October 24. In between, the race travels to 10 other US venues, including Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Austin's new Circuit of the Americas." Pretty sure Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario isn't a US venue....I know, nitpicking, but someone's gotta do it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric Munnings
        thats why it says 10 other US cities, and not 11 other US cities. I know just knit picking :)
      Steve Christensen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get Ready for Mercedes to join the fight next year. The Racing Nut...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not having P1 will be a long term mistake as this class needed to be worked on not dumped to attract manufacturers and fans I thin k there are still challenges slowing down P2 cars to allow the Daytona Prototypes to be competitive. The star class IMHO are the Prototype Challenge cars. Such fun racing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Keep in mind that there are only 3 P1 cars and the Muscle Milk with Lucas Luhr is beating everyone handily. It's not interesting.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am hoping to see factory teams from Porsche,Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes,Ferrari and Mclaren and Audi come and get it handed to them
        • 1 Year Ago
        I'd love to see that too. Unfortunately, the France family will make sure that doesn't happen. This will move ever closer to a spec-car series with them in charge.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The majority of factory teams aren't going to bother. This series has pretty much zero international relevance now that it lost its affiliation with the 24 hours of Le Mans. . Seriously, I don't know a single person who is excited about this merger. I give it five years tops and this series is either dead or undergoes some serious changes.
      Kurt M. Haase
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only showing a few hours? I knew this would happen when Fox took over. Should never let a fox I the hen house
      • 1 Year Ago
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