Last year, I wrote a relatively short piece on why ALMS and Grand-Am should come to their senses and merge. On September 5, 2012 both parties came together to announce their new merger. The details of this agreement are naturally sketchy at best.
SPEED.com reports that this is a true merger, insomuch as both parties will have 50% control in the new product. USA Today paints a different picture; they report Grand-Am purchased ALMS outright for a rumored $10 million. If it winds up being called the "NASCAR Rolex Series," we should be able to figure out enough details on our own.
Regardless of the ownership situation, the new series must work with the ACO. If all the LMP1 and LMP2 teams get muscled into Daytona Prototype, then we lose both European teams who want to race at Daytona and Sebring and American fans who love Le Mans. The ACO needs to consider if their class formula is still relevant in the modern economy.
Good riddance to those annoying "challenge" classes. I wish I could say the same about the Delta Wing project. Apparently ALMS people were quite insistent that Delta Wing be part of the new series in some capacity. Details of the Delta Wing are also to be determined.
The news is late, incomplete, and slightly underwhelming; however, I'll take this over the status quo.
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