GRAND-AM and ALMS 2014 Class Structure
GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series recently revealed the class structure for their unified Series schedule to debut in 2014.
The majority of classes from both ALMS and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series were retained. The only exception was ALMS’ P1 prototype class which was not included.
With individual class names to be determined, here is a look at the planned structure:
- Grand-Am’s Dayotona Prototype and the ALMS’ P2 classes will combine into one, headlining prototype class that also will include the revolutionary Delta Wing Prototype, with performance of the cars balanced to maintain close competition
- The ALMS’ Prototype Challenge (PC) class for spec prototypes will continue to run as a separate class
- Both of the organizations’ production-based GT classes will continue as separate, distinct categories based on performance, preserving the history and fan following of both categories. As part of this place, the ALMS’ GTC cars will join the Grand-Am GTs
- Grand-Am’s new GX class, which is debuting at the Rolex 24 later this month, is being explored as a possible addition to the Grand-Am half of the GT mix in 2014-2015. There also is the possibility that GX will run separately as a fifth class
Exact specifications are still being determined, but you can count on the inclusion of green technologies in the unified series. They are also working with Automobile Club de l’Ouest to ensure that the unified series can continue to qualify for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
These are great strides in joining the series and creating great races. Their efforts will be ultimately challenged as they look to see how they can bridge the gap between DP’s and P2’s. Currently P2’s are seven seconds quicker at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca than a DP.
The challenge since Ed Bennett has made it clear that they will not reduce the power of the P2’s. Instead they are looking at ways to balance the two types of car that achieve their speed in entirely different ways.
To see these series run separately for the last time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, click here to purchase tickets for the American Le Mans Series Monterey (May 9-11) and Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda (Sept. 7-8).