A marriage made in heaven?
You know this is absolutely freakin’ insane. After reading more and following the trail of tweets on @johndagys it appears as if this lack of P2 cars business is a direct result of the ALMS/Grand-Am merger.
Yeah, maybe the ALMS would have gone bankrupt like it’s predecessors, but at least it would have gone out like a real racing series. I’ve tried to be positive about these developments but long term I think this is the end of Le Mans style prototype racing in North America.
GT racing will be fine, Grand-Am doesn’t know the first thing about it. But prototypes, well there has never really been an appetite for top level cars in the US. Our best hope is that the ACO will allow the Daytona formula, in some respect, to compete in the 24.
The downfall has come quickly, and as a certain economic commentator I follow has noted these declines often occur rapidly. While many could see this threat far off on the horizon I don’t think anyone could anticipate the rapid collapse of half of the ALMS grid. Were it not for GT competition then ALMS 2013 would truely be a lame-duck year.
It’s that time of year when I’m reminded that I follow racing the same way others follow college football. My allegiances of teams, anticipation of the contest and joy of victory or disappointment of defeat. As the last remaining events come and pass I am thankful for a brief period to reflect, to ponder the future, and most importantly spend time with loved ones. Rest now, for the next season will be upon us soon.
Compuware Corvette C6.R #4 driven by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished third at Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park (via Oliver Gavin)
The Muscle Milk Honda Performance Development LMP1 (testing at Sebring recently). (via Sebring International Raceway)
Colin Braun having their seats fit for the 2012 ALMS season. (via CORE autosport)
Opinion of Tony DiZinno : How ALMS should respond to WEC Petit snub
Yeah, that’s what I was afraid of. WEC date in Bahrain conflicts with Petit Le Mans date. In other words: No top prototype teams next October at Road Atlanta. Atherton was “surprised” (http://www.racer.com/atherton-petitwec-conflict-a-great-disappointment/article/216749/), me not so much.Source: racer.com