Future Unclear for Austin WEC/TUSC Event

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The future of the shared sports car weekend at Circuit of The Americas is unclear, as the FIA World Endurance Championship has proposed changes to the event’s timetable before confirming its U.S. event for next year.

Series boss Gerard Neveu revealed that discussions are underway between IMSA and COTA regarding the organization of the weekend.

This year’s inaugural double-header in September featured a two-hour and 45-minute American Le Mans Series race on Saturday afternoon, with the six-hour WEC round the following morning.

Neveu has proposed for next year’s WEC race to be held on Saturday afternoon, as a race into the night, with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship potentially running earlier in the day.

“We are discussing but it’s not so easy,” Neveu said. “When you do a partnership you have to make compromises and make sure everyone is happy. If it’s not the case, you take your own decision.

“But clearly the position of the ACO is to protect the WEC, it’s not to promote another series. In all spirits, when we wanted to do a joint venture, it was to make sure it was a successful event for both parties during the weekend.

“This is not the feeling after Austin. This is not the feeling that the paddock had in Austin. This is not the feeling and the feedback we received from our partners and from the FIA.”

While the ALMS/WEC weekend at COTA drew nearly 35,000 spectators, less than 8,000 were reportedly in attendance for the WEC event on Sunday. Neveu admitted it will probably be the lowest race-day attendance for a WEC event this year.

The series’ most recent race in Shanghai saw 28,000 fans, which has traditionally been one of the most challenging markets to attract spectators.

“This year we saw there was some disfunction between Saturday and Sunday, between the balance and the two events and we are trying to work closely with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and COTA to try to find a solution,” Neveu said.

“If we don’t find a solution, we will change the date or modify the calendar. We are still discussing right now. You have to make sure that we can organize a fair weekend for everybody and to guarantee the right conditions.

“We really believe that to do the race on Sunday, when at the same time, all of the [ALMS] paddock is [packing up]. This is not correct. This is not very [professional].

“Just look at the media center. There were 250 journalists and more than 60 or 70 percent were provided by WEC. We have to consider these facts.

“There is no doubt that we will go to the United States. But we will go [to COTA] on the right conditions.”

Neveu said the series has not yet considered an alternative to COTA for it’s U.S. round next year but insisted they will not have a repeat of the 2013 event.

It’s understood an option could be to have a standalone race away from the TUDOR Championship if their conditions are not met.

“The only thing we have observed is that this year in Austin, at the end of the weekend, it was not a good result for WEC and it was not corresponding to the level of the result that expected all around the world,” he said.

“So we have to make some corrections and to make sure that next year will be a better result. If we do exactly the same, we don’t see any reason that it won’t be another disappointment.

“We sincerely hope [for] a common weekend together in Austin but with the guarantee that WEC will find the right place.”

54 Comments

  1. Brian

    November 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

    You want a great crowd:
    WEC should go to Road America !

    They know how to promote/run a sports car event.

  2. Jeffrey

    November 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

    How about going to Mid-Ohio or another traditional circuit and forget the WEC, I dont care how many people you try to get. If its not an F1 race that track looks like a ghost town on tv.

    • Bakkster

      November 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      The issue is, I don’t think there are many traditional road courses left for TUSC with 60 grid spaces. Mid-Ohio definitely not. Maybe Sonoma, beyond that nothing but rovals can fit enough cars.

  3. Bill

    November 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I live in Florida so traveling to COTA isn’t in the books. I follow WEC online and would love to travel to Road Atlanta to see an event! Was there for Petit this year and feel it would be a great venue as well!

  4. JAGLeMans

    November 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Road America was said to be the alternative for this season, before the COTA joint race came about.

    At least it’s good to see this issue being dealt with promptly, a US race should be one of the highlights of the season.

  5. Rob Willis

    November 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    It’s called PLM. They should have never left in the first place….

    • Michael

      November 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Please explain how you fit both series into the race with a 53 car maximum grid? Or if you run separate races, will TUSC give up PLM or will the WEC run a 6 hour race on the Sunday?

  6. phporsche

    November 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I live in Florida and went to the WEC at COTA and that is the only reason I went. ALMS was a club race there as will be the new TUDOR Series. Boring. WEC at Sebring, Road Atlanta or Road America would be the ticket…

    • KJ Maxwell

      November 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

      How about Canada? Move it to Mosport for the N.American stop. If no more than 8k showed for the WEC race, maybe hardly one cares?

      Why would people go to Austin and not see the World Series, but go to the ALMS race? Was it name recognition with quasi fans that caused that? Not that a WEC with 4 LMP1 cars was something to get worked up about, but it beat 2 P1 privateers and the Deltawing,IMO.

      • Joe

        December 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        Gotta throw in an ALMS jab with every comment. Guess what, Grand-Am would have called 8,000 people a sellout.

    • Rick Baker

      November 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      If 35,000 fans showed up for the ALMS/WEC weekend, but only 8,000 stayed for the WEC race, then how can you call the ALMS race, which included five factory teams, a club race?

      • Bakkster

        November 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        Plus two more TUSC factory teams next year, they’ll have more than WEC (before you count the factory supported DPs).

  7. Dave

    November 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    WEC will NEVER be a top draw here in the US. I guess the ACO is going to take a page out of Bernie’s play book on how to negotiate with venues. I’ve got news for you Neveu, ISC runs things here in USA and you are now in no position to dictate terms to them.

    • Kyle

      November 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      If they actually televised the series in the states it would help to draw more of a crowd.

  8. scottypinthemix

    November 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The common denominator in this situation is COTA.
    I think that the “powers that be” really have zero understanding of a sports car racing fan. COTA is a hugely spectator UN-friendly track.
    If they’d run a split even at road america, road atlanta, here, there, anywhere but COTA, people would come.
    It’s our only chance to see P1 all year and with Porsche it it now, why wouldn’t people travel/come out to see this event?

    • Jc

      November 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      There is myriad of problems at work here. At least from my perspective.

      1 – a double header weekend is not a good idea, not with the same machinery. Do it w another series where there is differentiation between the shows and you might get some attraction. Wec with Tudor/grand am/alms/elms etc is too much of the same thing. Either genuinely combine them for a race (impossible) or run with something else altogether.

      2. Bigger problem: The wec show, frankly, is dull right now. Not because of the equipment, but instead, where is predominantly runs: newer FIA F1 spec tracks. The FIA-ization of tracks has even managed to make frigging spa tame and dull.

      2 – which leads me to my next point (I know some people won’t like this). COTA is a snore. Although nice and shiny, it suffers from the one big flaw of all new FIA F1 spec tracks: it has no element of danger to it, no wow factor, no place where taking a chance might actually be a risk, no place where overtaking is difficult, no place where you might touch a wall or have a “big one”. It is big and in a whole new market. But it is 5 lanes wide all the way around and has paved runoff areas on either side that are painted in candy colors and seem to stretch forever. The big hill at corner 1? Whoopee. The track is so wide and there is so much runoff area there is no consequence or need for a “big move”. It merely goes uphill and makes a wide left turn. Gosh, what a challenge. The s curves? Big deal, just drive straight through and you won’t even get grass in the nose or get close to a wall. Need to pass? Move 3 lanes over and go around easily anywhere, even in the tightest corner. No pinch points to make traffic hard, no walls to make drivers think twice about risks. It is autopia at Disneyland, but on a large scale. Grand am was boring there, alms, wc, Aussie cars, even f1. It is a dull show bc the track is sprawling and devoid of challenges.

      That is why the FIA will never run that series at road America, road Atlanta, mosport, sebring or any other track domestically. And is also why they won’t run at non-FIA’d (i.e. ruined) tracks in Europe. (They have already killed Fuji and Suzuka, and I won’t even being up motegi). The non-FIA’d tracks left in the world are still challenging and offer an element of danger. These tracks don’t guarantee Audi and the p1s will be unimpeded and unmolested as they do their parades and pass each other in the pits. On FIA’d tracks, the element of chance is removed, the danger is removed, the excitement of “racing” is removed (or so overwhelmingly mitigated that sitting and watching for 6 hours is unbearable).

      Last rant, the economy is tough. It would cost too much for me to drive or buy a plane ticket, get a hotel and pay for their ticket to be kept at a distance to see a race at a dull track. Pass.

      • Peter F

        November 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        I agree. The danger factor was/is a lot of the allure of motorsports. It doesn’t help that the cars are extremely underpowered either. They need to remove some aero and give them 1000+ hp. Then go to some of the classic (dangerous) tracks and you will have a hell of a show.

      • Brian

        December 2, 2013 at 1:12 am

        You obviously have never driven the track have you? For one thing the rise up the hill into turn 1 makes it extremely challenging because it’s blind by design. And if it’s blind in a road car, imagine how it is in a prototype where you’re looking over the fenders of the car to see a hidden apex.

        The esses are a challenge because they are modeled after Silverstone, and just like there and the esses at Suzuka, once you blow the entrance into the first corner of them, all of them are blown. Then there is turn 16-17-18 which is a high-g load corner.

        But forgive all that and let’s go back to the primitive age of racing and bring back danger and carnage just so the spectators are entertained. Lest we forget all those who have been injured and killed because of this reckless pursuit of entertainment and forgo all the safety advancements made to the tracks and the cars. I’m sure the family of Sean Edwards or Allen Simonsen would agree with your statement of needing more danger in racing.

        • JT

          December 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          I think danger isn’t the appropriate word, it is “difficulty” that makes a track stand out. The Cork Screw or the Carousel are iconic because they are difficult to get right (although NASCAR has ruined Sears Point), not because they are dangerous. Elevation change combined with a difficult corner. Road America, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta share some of those characteristics. Even a club track like Thunder Hill has The Eagle’s Nest which while the least dangerous place on the track, is one of the most difficult corners to get right. Watkins Glen used to be in that category, but again, NASCAR.

    • Jacob

      November 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      COTA is very spectator friendly. Great views from almost any spot. I like the turn 1 and also near the eses. The problem is that most American’s don’t know a lot about WEC. Moreover, the 6 hour race should be held on Saturday instead of Sunday. A lot of working people probably don’t like the idea of a 6 hour race that ends late and then having to drive home 1-3 hours. The WEC race on Saturday and TUSCC on Sunday could work out pretty well. Of course, now ACO will complain that TUSCC is drawing a bigger crowd on Sunday. And why shouldn’t it? Next year, TUSCC racing will be a lot better than WEC races other than 24 hours of Le Mans.

  9. Giuseppe

    November 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    You want a crowd? Run it at Laguna Seca during the Monterey Car Week with the Historic Races.

    • JT

      December 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      +1

  10. Rudolph

    November 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    ACO really seems to believe WEC is F1 2.0, dear god…

  11. Marc

    November 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I think one large problem is they’re racing in Texas in the fall and competing with football for both Saturday and Sunday. Since I’m not from Texas I don’t know the exact order of things, but: God, family, football and Texas are what Texans live by.

    This years ALMS race at COTA (held on Saturday) went up against a UT Austin HOME football game! What sense does that make?

    In addition, Sunday, the WEC race was competing against those hung over from Saturday’s UT Game (which also affects vacancy and hotel prices in Austin) and those wanting to go to or watch on tv NFL games.

    The TUSC/WEC weekend needs to be held on a weekend in the fall where UT isn’t playing at home or sometime in the Spring (which is highly unlikely unless they open at COTA and not at Silverstone).

    • Brian

      December 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

      I’m from Austin and using your logic, why was the F1 weekend so successful then? It was run on a UT home football game weekend and there was no conflict of interest or diminished crowds what so ever.

      Being from here I can tell you flat out that the primary reason this was not as successful as the F1 weekend or the V8 supercar weekend is because very little advertising was done for the race. Unlike F1 where we get billboards and TV commercials a month or two in advance, ALMS and WEC were lucky to have a commercial air the week before. And the only billboard I saw for that weekend was for ALMS and it was in Dallas, not Austin. Put simply, more marketing needs to be done for the races, and the crowds will come.

      • Bakkster

        December 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

        While advertising was surely a big cause of the smaller crowds at Austin for ALMS, don’t forget that it was also ‘just’ another sports car race. The ALMS fans, if they were going to travel to a race, would likely choose Sebring or PLM over Austin. The only reason to travel to Austin was for the WEC’s only local stop. I don’t think it has quite the domestic following that F1 does to get people crossing the country for the race.

        What was the V8SC/SCCA World Challenge weekend attendance?

  12. KJ Maxwell

    November 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Rudolph, I couldn’t agree more. F1 can’t even afford F1, so why don’t the ACO have a more affordable formula for the WEC so they can actually have a field of cars rather than an exhibition? How about the new LMP 2 becoming simply LMP? Or get rid of F1 cars with fenders and just make it GTE and GT3?

    Happy Holidays to you. Glad someone else gets it.
    You sir may lead the sleigh tonight.

    • JAGLeMans

      November 30, 2013 at 12:51 am

      WEC has produced good, competitive racing, at most rounds. Season long entries are capped at 32-34 cars, with local entries welcome.

      This is World Championship racing, that demands larger budgets, it’s why there are regional series (with entry level classes) for smaller teams, and those in need of experience. Next year the ELMS should have it’s best grid in years, while the AsLMS is showing signs of steady growth.

      European based sportscar racing has been crying out for someone to take a hold of it, and apply the professional business approach that has put F1 were it is today. The WEC has it’s own identity with endurance events, multi-class racing, technical freedoms, night racing etc., but that needs to be packaged in a professional manner, with business plans for sustainable growth, increased media interest, fans and sponsorship.

      The turn-out at COTA was disappointing, it’s good to see it being addressed so soon, a US race should always be a highlight.

  13. Scott

    November 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    WEC should pick a new track each year just like F1 should too. Hit a historic track each year. Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Road America, Sebring, Daytona, Sonoma, Indy…
    Give fans and those drivers a chance to see these great tracks!

  14. David

    November 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I guess switching days isn’t as easy said as done and if not, Why? Also I feel that is a challenge of COTA because they cannot promote the race properly (although the weekend was flooded on sportscar websites in the leadup). But WEC should be doing all they can to stay with the TUSC twin bill because if they draw a bigger crowd, that speaks volumes to the popularity of the WEC stateside.

  15. Nick

    November 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Is pretty simple. Saturday at COTA you could see a full day of action GT3 Cup, ALMS, WEC, and IMSA Lites. Sunday just a single WEC race that was on the boring side…especially for the majority of fans that don’t get endurance racing.

    I went to the race, but if I was a local and had only one day blow at the track, I’d pick Sat. Everytime.

    WEC should be careful they can’t put on a race by themselves. Without IMSA who is the WEC going to get to fill the bill with support races.

    • Ian

      December 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      WEC does put races on by itself, i do three of them each year. they dont seem to have any issues with crowds apart from US….but then again you only have one type of racing and the rest are support races.

  16. Jacob

    November 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I am not looking forward the idea of watching 9 hours of racing on the same day. A bit exhausting IMO. WEC on Saturday and TUSCC on Sunday would work out well for me. Or the reverse. Although, I think it’s better to shift the longer event onto Saturday.

  17. Joe

    November 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    It is really a shame they wont have these races on real road coarses anymore. COTA is cool but its so idk sterile compared to road atlanta, sebring, laguna, road america….. COTA is among the best F1 tracks but thats not saying much, its just another F1 track, completely lacking in character department. I don’t get why its so hard for FIA/WEC to get it together, its such a great idea and they insist on going to the most boring tracks with a schedule that shoots them in the foot

    • Lyra

      December 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      THIS, so much. Crappy schedule is the biggest weak point of WEC. Apart from LM all the tracks (incl Spa and Silverstone that have been ruined by asphalt runoffs and unnecessary runoffs) are soulles, boring tilkedromes with zero relevance to anything. No history, no nothing. They should go to ACTUAL market places of the manufacturers, ie mostly Europe and North America with few races in other continents (especially Japan), not useless desert carparks etc. Add to that the problem of only having sterile 6h distances for all the events, even the old World Sportscar Championship was wise enough to have plenty of variety. They clearly attempt to follow the F1 route, which is ‘do everything as strictly and boringly as you possibly can’

      It’s funny that we have USCC with amazing schedule filled with historic events but seemingly horrible execution, and WEC with -mostly- sensible ideas behind it but god awful calendar

  18. Fujis123

    November 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I can’t say I’m too surprised by this. After seeing the pit road situation, it reminded me of Sebring in 2012. In that, the WEC was not the center stage. When the Audi of McNish and the Rebellion Lola crashed into a GTC Porsche at the hairpin turn at Sebring, I knew then a combined event was going to be short lived.

    I do find it funny that at Sebring this year the ACO was complimenting the ALMS saying, “If it wasn’t for the ALMS, we wouldn’t have the WEC.” Now it seems that the ACO is saying “Hey man, thanks for all the hard work getting folks interested, we’ll take it from here” But, it IS a World Championship and I don’t blame the ACO or the FIA for wanting to treat it as such.

    I like the idea of the 6 hours into the night race, to me thats the allure of endurance racing. So if they do get it worked out and I hope they do, I’ll be waiting patiently by my computer to buy tickets

    • Bobke

      December 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      But weren’t both series racing at the same time at Sebring? That is not the plan at CoTA.

      • Rick

        December 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        The combined race was a logistical nightmare with class specs, podiums, FIA needs & wants, and politics….

        We will probably never see a combined race again.

      • Fujis123

        December 2, 2013 at 6:20 am

        You’re absolutely right. The point I was trying to make is that, the ACO no matter how much they say “Oh thank you ALMS or TUSCC for opening the door for us to have a WEC”. They don’t want an event with them, which is sad really.

  19. Richard Reeves

    December 1, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Hold the WEC race at Sebring in the fall and 60,000 people will show up without breaking a sweat.

    Why all parties concerned can’t see this obvious solution to their dilemma is beyond me…

    • Bakkster

      December 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Well, that’s good for the WEC, but how would it help NASCAR who now owns the Sebring lease? Why help another series put on a competing race on a different weekend, potentially pulling attendance away?

  20. Dave

    December 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I believe the argument that Neveu is making is “look at all the journalists that were there because of the WEC. We are clearly more than the local series”. Give me a break.

  21. Doug

    December 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    It would HELP if they had a broadcast partner in the U.S. It’s kind hard to get “into” the WEC when you don’t see them except for one race.

    Sure, you can watch it streamed from the WEC website…ONLY LIVE WITH NO REPLAY CAPABILITY, but that simply isn’t enough to build interest in the U.S.

  22. Kyle

    December 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    If I were choosing between the two events, the ALMS was a pretty easy winner. Yes, WEC has the LMP1’s, but two Audi’s and one Toyota wouldn’t be enough to sway me. The ALMS with their phenomenal GTE class would be enough to get me to almost any event over the WEC (not counting Le Mans). Corvettes, Vipers, BMW, Porsche, and Ferrari… the only thing better would be to include an Aston. I think the average American would prefer to see “their” cars going up against all the exotics.

    As a sportscar fan, I don’t hold the WEC in very high regard due to how they’ve messed up the schedule to conflict with Petit Le Mans and other little items (ALMS became a second class citizen). As another poster pointed out, the ALMS has some great events at great tracks, while the WEC chooses cookie cutter tracks that are in the middle knowhere. I also dislike F1 going this route more and more over the last 10 years too.

    Maybe the WEC could hold an event a few weeks after the TUDOR season ending in the States so LMP2 and GTE cars could run Petit and then have some sort of an incentive for some of the TUDOR teams to run the WEC event. Those GTE factory/semi-factory teams mixing it up with the WEC teams would really boost the event IMO.

  23. Steve

    December 2, 2013 at 12:54 am

    They would have better attendance at Laguna or Sears Point. Join the WTCC weekend at SP, would be a great show!!

  24. Rick Baker

    December 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

    On the surface, the WEC and TUSC appear to be friends, but in reality they are competitors. As stated by Mr. Neveu, “… clearly the position of the ACO is to protect the WEC, it’s not to promote another series.” At best, the ACO considers the TUSC to be a feeder series for the WEC. In reality, they work quietly behind the scenes to lure TUSC factory team$ and a few well-healed privateer$ to the WEC, as they should. Furthermore, they are savvy enough to understand the importance of penetrating the North American market to increase their fan base and to gain financial support from auto makers, sponsors and fans. The WEC concept has tremendous commercial potential, especially considering that the automakers and most other major corporations have growing worldwide distribution.

    IMHO the WEC and the TUSC would be best served by having a joint invitational endurance race in North America and limiting the car count to manageable number by inviting only the be$t teams from the WEC, TUSC, ELMS and AsLMS (yes, like Le Mans). If marketed intelligently and televised internationally, all of the series would benefit tremendously.

    • A. Vissepo

      December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

      To have a single “special” event in the US where cars from different series can compete, like Le Mans, that sounds like a very good idea. And i agree with Greeves that a race at Sebring in the fall could be a success.

    • Bakkster

      December 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

      At first, it seems like a radical idea, but on further thought that’s how sports car racing used to be for the most part. There weren’t so many series, just invitational events. The difficulty would be coming up with either the prize money or prestige to encourage such an event and make sure it was worth winning.

      The trick is, where do you hold the race? PLM, Daytona, or Sebring would be natural choices, but would TUSC give them up? More importantly, should they? If they are indeed one of the strongest series, why should they give up one of their strongest events to help out the WEC if they’re not willing to sacrifice in return? And what other track would be prestigious enough to host an event of the magnitude without removing a capstone from TUSC?

      Sonoma seems about the only one I can think of. It has a sports car history, though isn’t on the schedule currently with TUSC racing at Long Beach and MRLS instead. It also has the facilities to host plenty of cars and is fully up to date safety-wise without a sea of paved runoff. If such an event were to happen, that’s probably the location.

      • Fujis123

        December 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

        For some reason I see Bruton Smith, taking the WEC to Sonoma and making it a standalone race. Then proceeding to promote the crap out of it just to spite NASCAR.

        • Bakkster

          December 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

          Unless he teams up with Stephane Ratel instead and they run GT3 cars to spite everyone involved ;)

          • Fujis123

            December 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm

            Hey, it could happen. With Smith nothing is a surprise. lol

  25. JT

    December 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Slightly off topic, but if you want experience a great endurance race, the USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill goes off this Saturday, December 7th. In fact, if you show up, you probably will be a crew member by daybreak if you want. The drivers list this year includes pro divers Kelly Collins, Al Unser Jr., Al Unser III, Davy Jones, Ken Dobson, Pierre Ehret, Burt and Brian Frisselle, Naoki Hattori, Matt Jaskol, Anthony Lazzaro, Michael Skeen, James Sofronas, Alex Welch, Mark Wilkins, Randy Pobst, Jim Briody, Michael Lewis, and Daijiro Yoshihara to name a few.

    • Bobke

      December 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Great to see Lil Al back racing. Hopefully he has turned the corner to recovery. I would love to see him in a GT ride at Le Mans

  26. juneracer

    December 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    the CoTA double was difficult as the pit lane had to change. the WEC operate like Le Mans, out of garages. like everyone was saying, the WEC isn’t big over here, no coverage. Austin is a long way from everywhere unless you live there. i have to agree that Sebring would likely bring in a big crowd for WEC, particularly late in the year as the weather is good. they did that years ago, when they had a separate European race at Sebring. the TUSC is a state side series. if you’re in the states and a sports car fan, particularly GT, it will be the best competition. wasn’t much in GT this year in WEC. pretty thin.

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