2014 USCC Schedule Released

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After months of speculation, IMSA released the calendar for the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship Friday.

Featuring a 12-race schedule, the unified North American series kicks off at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, with trips to Sebring, Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Detroit, Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road America, Virginia International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta for the season-ending 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans.

In a surprising move, the Long Beach street race will feature the Prototype and GT Le Mans classes only, while Detroit will feature cars from the Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona categories. Additionally, the round at VIR will feature two races; One for GTLM and GTD, and another for PC only.

Race lengths, other than the key events at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, were not disclosed.

Notably absent from the schedule are events at Lime Rock Park, Barber Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio and Kansas Speedway, which all hosted rounds of the Rolex Series this year. The Grand Prix of Baltimore, which featured the ALMS for the past three years, will also not return following the overall cancelation of the event.

“We had many interested parties but for 2014, we only considered facilities from our 2013 Rolex Series and ALMS schedules, “said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “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.”

Additionally, pre-season tests have been scheduled for Nov. 16-17 at Sebring and Nov. 19-20 at Daytona. The annual “Roar Before the Rolex 24″ is believed to be Jan. 3-5, 2014, although not yet officially confirmed.

2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship

Jan. 25-26 – Rolex 24 at Daytona
March 15 – Twelve Hours of Sebring
April 12 – Long Beach (Prototype and GTLM only)
May 4 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
May 31 – Detroit Belle Isle (P, PC and GTD only)
June 29 – Six Hours of The Glen
July 13 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 25 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 10 – Road America
August 24 – Virginia International Raceway (GTLM/GTD race; PC race)
September 20 – Circuit of The Americas
October 4 – Petit Le Mans

 

15 Comments

  1. Spencer Samios

    September 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Good to see Mosport, Road America and long Beach stuck around. Surprised by VIR though! Sucks to see lack of any short tracks though (Lime Rock, Mid-ohio) Also could do without Detroit.

    • Hedgey

      September 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      VIR is there because of a previous contract with the ALMS. USCC will drop it like a stone as soon as the contract is up and replaces it with something terrible like Kansas.

      As for Detroit (which is the worst track left on the schedule)… a Proto and PC race on the same day when half the field will be in France at the Le Mans test day. Awesome work guys, just awesome.

      • Anthony

        September 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

        Previous contacts have nothing to do with it actually. They had made some improvements, removed the oak tree and made some other changes in order to get a race, they got one.

        • Wilson Motorsports

          September 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

          “THEY” removed the tree??? Uh, I’m pretty sure mother nature took care of that for them!

      • Bakkster

        September 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        I think you’re getting mixed up by the comma there. The Detroit race will be P, PC, and GTD. No separate race for one of the classes.

    • Rich Hall

      September 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I totally agree, but I’d rather see Lime Rock or Mid-Ohio replace Long Beach. I Belle Isle.

      • Anthony

        September 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

        Okay smart guy…. Nothing wrong with Long Beach generates good racing period with plenty of video effedence.

        Replace it with what? LA is the biggest car market for everybody involved as much as you likely live east of the Mississippi and hate to hear that, but its true.

        The fans don’t like rovals so you couldn’t have it at California Speedway, so where do you suggest they have a race?

        Willow Springs (Big Willow)?

        Lime Rock is too small, some drivers don’t like the constant passing of lower classes, slow drivers and general backmarkers.

        Mid Ohio needs its facilities updated, I sound like a broken record.

        Emotionally charged replies will always get smashed by logic.

  2. Bakkster

    September 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Compared to the fears some had leading up, this is a solid schedule. Mid-O and LRP will definitely be missed and hopefully return in the future, but aren’t deal breakers.

  3. daron

    September 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t understand the logic of the split races at VIR. Is anyone going to sit around for 2+ hours, whatever it is, to watch 8 PCs race?

  4. Ralph

    September 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I find it strange how they point out how they gave preference to tracks that ran in either series in 2013 and yet still leave out Lime Rock. Both series ran at Lime Rock! Hopefully they will realize how much of a stab in the back this feels like to their North Eastern fan base. I will have my fingers crossed for 2015 and beyond.

    • Anthony

      September 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Stab in the back huh? Interesting

  5. James Hazen

    September 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Could have been a bit better, could have been MUCH MUCH worse. All things considered, this schedule is A-okay.

  6. scottypinthemix

    September 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’m glad the number of rovals is limited. I understand Daytona. Indy, meh. Thank you NO Kansas. Remember back when they ran on the Charlotte roval? Horrid. Anyway, cool schedule. Glad to see PLM (my home track) much earlier in the month of October.

  7. OhioALMSGuy

    September 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Very much would *not* want to be the group having to decide who to say “no” to. Understand they had to make many compromises to try and make as many people as happy and or burn as few bridges as possible.

    Solid lineup overall, with not much surprises, with only Indy, Detroit & possibly VIR as the sketchy ones.

    Indy – understanding wanting to use an American landmark facility in one of the other 11 months, but based on the GRADN-AM tries, seems like there is not much fan or other interest in forcing this to become a sportscar event that is of interest or makes money. maybe the unification will change this, but still seems like a “Quit trying to make this happen, it is just not going to.”

    Detroit – Yeah yeah Poppa Penske (which the ALMS crew does not seem to know that he is still NOT running a sportscar) and GM’s penthouse view playground wins the political tug of war. But race wise or accessibility to the place? If you are going for the “historic” card then put it in Mid-Ohio (wee corporate jet flight from Detroit anyways)which you can at least walk or drive up to! Oh and by the way, Mid-O, tho with a “rustic just sayin…

    VIR – Meh… would prefer Lime Rock, tho I think it would have to be separate P & GT races and on site Carbon fiber fabricating shops :D

    Hopefully I am wrong, the wobbly ones here become smashing successes and tradition events and they can expand in future years to pickup the missing ones. Just please no more “rovals” :p Daytona works but sure do not look like the native environment for prototypes.

  8. Donny

    September 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Still no Gateway Raceway :/ It’s already proven to be a cash cow in the past 2 years of reopening.

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