Bringing two racing series together is good news for racing fans, whether it's the re-merger of the IndyCar and Champ Car series, the reconciliation between the FIA and the ACO to form the World Endurance Championship or the joining of forces between Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series.

The upcoming season brings the latter two together into the newly-created United SportsCar Championship, and has left the organizers with the challenge – and us the benefit – of bringing two similar yet different pillars of American sportscar racing into one series. And now they've announced some of what we can expect.

For the first season, 28 entries are lined up for the GT Daytona class (where you can expect to see privateer entries from the likes of Dempsey Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports) and another dozen in the GT Le Mans class (composed mostly of factory-backed teams from Aston Martin, Porsche and the new Corvette C7.R).

The twelve-car Prototype Challenge class is built exclusively around the Oreca FLM09, but the real action will be found in the top-tier Prototype class. That's where you can expect to find seventeen Daytona prototypes tangling with LMP2s and even the DeltaWing in what promises to be an automotive version of Mixed Martial Arts. Scope out the details in the pair of press releases below and start counting down the days until the season kicks off at Daytona in January.
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INAUGURAL TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP TO FEATURE 29 PROTOTYPES

- Premier Prototype Class Includes Diverse Mix of 17 Race Cars
- Prototype Challenge Capacity Expanded to 12 Entries


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2013) – The debut season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014 will include 29 prototype race cars across the Prototype (P) and Prototype Challenge (PC) categories as International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today unveiled approved entries for all four TUDOR Championship classes.

The P class will include an intriguing mix of 17 race cars battling for overall victories. The class merges Daytona Prototype (DP) race cars, which previously competed in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, with P2 and DeltaWing prototypes from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.

The PC class – which utilizes a spec ORECA FLM09 exclusively – will include a dozen entries in 2014. IMSA officials expanded the PC field by two entries after announcing a tentative cap of 10 entries from the class in October.

"Our Prototype class showcases the merger of the ALMS and the Rolex Series with a variety of terrific cars from both series – in addition to a few new entries," said IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton. "The Prototype Challenge class, meanwhile, not only will expand from our projection earlier this fall, but will include more cars than we saw at any point in the 2013 ALMS season."

A field of 17 Prototypes is expected at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, with 12 P cars committed to competing in every TUDOR Championship round. The full-time entries include one DP car each from Action Express Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing, Marsh Racing, Michael Shank Racing, Spirit of Daytona Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Extreme Speed Motorsports and SpeedSource each will field a pair of LMP2 cars, with one DeltaWing entry and another entry to be announced shortly.

Part-time entries in the P class include second cars from Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing, as well as single entries from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and OAK Racing. The first alternate in the P category is the Corvette DP from 8Star Motorsports. A Starworks Motorsport Riley DP is the second alternate in the P class, with a Project Libra Radical listed as the third alternate.

The 12 PC entries accepted include two cars each from BAR1 Motorsports, RSR Racing, Level 5 Motorsports and Starworks Motorsport, and single entries from CORE autosport, 8Star Motorsports, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports and Performance Tech Motorsports. Pickett Racing has the first alternate in the PC class, followed by JDC/Miller MotorSports.

Together with the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) entries announced earlier Friday, a total of 68 entries will open the season at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26. It will be the largest Rolex 24 field since 71 cars participated in the 2007 event. A complete breakdown of entries for all four classes follows below.

2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Accepted Entries

Prototype (P) – 17 Entries

Action Express Racing (2),Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (2), DeltaWing Racing (1), Extreme Speed Motorsports (2), GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing (1), Highway To Help (1), Marsh Racing (1), Michael Shank Racing (1), OAK Racing (1), SpeedSource (2), Spirit of Daytona Racing (1), Wayne Taylor Racing (1), TBA (1). First Alternate – 8Star Motorsports, Second Alternate – Starworks Motorsport, Third Alternate – Project Libra.

Prototype Challenge (PC) – 12 Entries

BAR1 Motorsports (2), CORE autosport (1), Level 5 Motorsports (2), Performance Tech Motorsports (1), PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (1), RSR Racing (2), Starworks Motorsport (2), 8Star Motorsports (1). First Alternate – Pickett Racing, Second Alternate – JDC-Miller MotorSports.

GT Le Mans (GTLM) – 12 Entries

Aston Martin Racing (1), BMW Team RLL (2), Porsche North America (2), Corvette Racing (2), Krohn Racing/Risi Competizione (1), Risi Competizione (1), SRT Motorsports (2), Team Falken Tire (1)

GT Daytona (GTD) – 28 Entries

Alex Job Racing (1), Dempsey Racing (2), Fall-Line Motorsports (1), Flying Lizard Motorsports (2), GB Autosport (1), GMG Racing (1), Horton Autosport (2), Level 5 Motorsports (1), Magnus Racing (1), Muehlner Motorsports America (2), NGT Motorsport (1), Paul Miller Racing (1), Riley Motorsports (1), Scuderia Corsa (2), SMP/ESM Racing (1), Snow Racing (1), Spirit of Race (2), Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing (1), TRG-AMR North America (2), Turner Motorsport (1), TBA (1). First Alternate – Konrad Motorsport, Second Alternate – Level 5 Motorsports, Third Alternate – Scuderia Corsa, Fourth Alternate – SMP/ESM Racing.

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GT LE MANS, GT DAYTONA TEAMS SELECTED FOR 2014 TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

- 12 GTLM Entries Representing Six Manufacturers
- 28 Entries From 18 Different Teams Accepted in GTD


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2013) – International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today revealed a total of 40 production-based race cars from eight world-class manufacturers that will compete in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.

The GTLM category will include 12 entries from eight different teams. In GTD, 28 entries from 21 different teams were accepted. Manufacturers represented in both GTLM and GTD include Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and Chrysler's Street & Racing Technology (SRT) brand. GTD also will include Audi and another manufacturer to be announced, while Chevrolet will be represented in GTLM with its brand-new Corvette C7.R.

Among the criteria used to select teams was full-time participation in either the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series or the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón in 2013. Those two series have merged to create the TUDOR Championship, which opens its inaugural season with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2014.

"We are flattered that so many teams stepped forward to enter the TUDOR Championship, and we expanded our capacity to accommodate as many teams as possible," said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. "The overwhelming response we received from teams wishing to participate provided further validation for the merger. We believe the teams we have selected will provide world-class competition and will be our calling card as we embark on an exciting new era of sports car racing in North America."

The GTLM class will include a pair of entries from BMW Team RLL, two from Corvette Racing, one full-season Ferrari entry from Risi Competizione and a second Ferrari for selected rounds from Krohn Racing in conjunction with Risi, two factory-backed Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs from Porsche North America, one Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – which will make its season debut in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida in March – from Team Falken Tire, and a pair of SRT Viper GTS-Rs from SRT Motorsports. GTLM will also include a part-time entry from Aston Martin Racing. All submitted GTLM entries were accepted.

A pair of Aston Martins leads off the GTD entry from TRG-AMR North America. A total of five Audi R8 LMS machines will be fielded by GMG Racing (one entry), Flying Lizard Motorsports (two), Fall-Line Motorsports (one) and Paul Miller Racing (one). Long-time BMW competitors Turner Motorsport will field the lone BMW Z4 in the GTD category.

Six Ferrari 458 Italia entries were accepted; including two full-time entries from 2013 Rolex Series GT champions Scuderia Corsa. Level 5 Motorsports also will have one full-season Ferrari, while the Spirit of Race team will field a pair of part-time entries and SMP/ESM Racing will have one part-time entry wearing the prancing horse.

There will be a total of 12 Porsche 911 GT Americas in the GTD class. Teams fielding two GTD Porsches include Muehlner Motorsports America, Dempsey Racing and Park Place Motorsports, with single entries going to GB Autosport, Alex Job Racing, Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing, NGT Motorsport, Magnus Racing and Snow Racing. Riley Motorsports will field the lone SRT Viper GT3-R in the GTD class, with one team and race car to be announced shortly.

In the event space becomes available, Konrad Motorsport's Porsche GT America is the first alternate in the GTD class. The second alternate is a second Ferrari 458 Italia from Level 5 Motorsports, followed by a third Ferrari from Scuderia Corsa and a second SMP/ESM Racing Ferrari.


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      lasertekk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully the feel of the new series is more ALMS than Grand Am.
      edward.stallings
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Autoblog, press IMSA to give up a copy of the rules so the fans can understand what they are watching. This is overseen by NASCAR and nothing pisses off NASCAR more than somebody asking for a copy of the rules. I challenge anybody to find a current copy of NASCAR rules.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      after playing Gran Turismo 6 for the weekend I thought it was picture of the game. lol
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Start counting? I've been counting ever since the merger was announced. A combination of waiting for the C7-R and seeing them at Daytona gives me a chubby. Last time I went to Daytona, there was one privateer Viper, that looked and performed as if someone made a wrong turn for the infield parking and ended up on the track. God bless You Tube, I get to watch sports car racing ALL YEAR long. Yesterday I watched 2013 Petit LeMans again, (NY Giants fan) my season is over. Is it just me, or are there others here who don't care if the prototypes are even there? Its all about the GTs. January 25 - 26, 2014 can't come soon enough. Got to find something for the wife to do.
        Grimace73
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sir Duke
        I agree. I like the GT and GTC classes the best. Probably because I can relate to the cars better.
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      Frank
      • 1 Year Ago
      it is not nascar so it dont matter. nascar is real racing car's like you see on the street and the greatest driver's in the world. american's dont need a lot of guy's named jean driving in our country
        Robert Northway
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frank
        See a lot of people in the rest of the world say Nascar isn't real racing, These cars are more relvent and in the gt classes are close to road cars. The reality is NASCAR has next to nothing in common with road cars since the Gen 4 (1992 - 2006). You have to look very closely to see a resemblance to the road car they are based on. Yes of course the prototype class are nothing like road cars but every car in GT class is basically the same road car shape with a few aero tweaks. As for greatest driver's in the world, each championship is different and requires different skills. I would love to see a Jimmy Johnson or Matt Kenseth take on Vettel or Alonso. That or join the Grid in DTM or Aussie v8s and see how they go. They would get killed in these series. Then add the fact it takes more skill to race in sports car racing, in NASCAR everyone has basicly the same speed car. In Sports car racing for example at Le Mans there is a gap of about 35 seconds between the slowest class of car and the fastest making lapping people a lot more importatnt. In short your a typical ignorant american.
        lasertekk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frank
        NASCAR is kit cars. A one made for all 'chassis' with an engine thrown in, and a lot of stickers and advertising on the body. Not racing, more WWF. The old ALMS had real production based sport cars. Now it'll be nascraperized since the merging between grand am (a nascar property).
      ijardine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm elsewhere I have seen listed only around 6 Daytona Prototypes are entered for the whole series in 2014.
      coldmm803
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will be a disaster. I watched ALMS and Grand Am last year for the races, I want to see good competition. This will be nothing but accidents and yellow flags. It's 69 cars trying to drive all out, each with different blind spots and braking zones. The GT Daytona's should be separate, they're nearly half the pack.
      Joshua Ratz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am an American but I can honestly say if you compare NASCAR to the USCC you're going to lose. The money is with NASCAR but the heart and soul of racing is taking your best damn racing-designed sports car and bring it with your multimillion crew and try to whoop 9 other teams in your class, figuring out how many you can lap them or they lap you in 24 hours and whether your money earned you the chance to be crowned champion when everyone else breaks. It's a costly and long wait-and-see process, but NASCAR has nothing on Le Mans - nothing on Daytona! The only time I enjoy NASCAR races that act like this: when many competitors races go to hell and it's a war to the finish for everyone to catch up and get as many points as they can. At Le Mans, I'll never forget Allan McNish who just announced his retirement from the WEC and Le Mans racing for good and the time he drove the Audi R8 for the Veloqx squad in 2004, hit the oil slick, wrecked in the Porsche curves, and despite having a severe concusion, he limped the damn thing back to the pits with all his might. The car was late able to continue in less than 2 hours and finished 5th with its remaining 2 drivers. Can you ever say in NASCAR you seen a recovery like that? Maybe in a season, not in a race. I love Le Mans and Daytona!!!!!
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's it. I have to go. It has been a handful of years since I attended the Rolex 24 at Daytona. I think I will start planning to go this year.
      Peter Middleton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boo.
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