We enjoy the sports car racing and famous battles in Grand Am but tend to prefer the field and races of the American Le Mans Series and never watch enough of either because of unfortunate scheduling, thus it is with pure joy and an extreme erection that we greet the exclusive news from SPEED that the two are merging into some sort of Voltron-esque super series.
This is exactly what American sports car racing needs. There aren't enough fans, honestly, for two separate series that share similar cars and fight for eyeballs and manufactures and entries. They run on similar courses and then diverge. Each year the prototype racing gets less interesting.
Fewer, better races are exactly what they need and hopefully it'll allow them to negotiate a better television deal (but keep ESPN3 please).
At the moment there are still denials and non-denial denials and no-comments, but SPEED seems to have this one locked down.
Full details on the merger are still unclear, and offers extended to both series for comment were declined, but it's believed GRAND-AM will serve as the sanctioning body for the new-look championship, which could feature a mix of existing classes from both the ALMS and Rolex Series.
The announcement is expected to come on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
What do you want to see out of the new series? Daytona prototypes or P2? Will they crowd out the gentleman racers? What do you think? (Hat tip to Porsche9146!)
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