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Following last year’s announcement that the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series would merge for the 2014 season, two primary questions arose: who would be the sanctioning body, and what would the new series be called?
In an effort to connect with those close to the sport, fans were encouraged to submit suggested names for the new, merged series. The winning name, United SportsCar Racing, was submitted by Louis Satterlee, a kart racer and passionate motorsport fan from Florida.
IMSA, the International Motor Sports Association, will assume responsibility as the sanctioning body, which comes as no surprise given IMSA’s ties to both NASCAR and to the American Le Mans Series.
Though no announcement has been made about United SportsCar Racing’s links to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO - the governing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans), the ACO has worked with the ALMS and IMSA since 1999. In other words, it bodes well for the ability of United SportsCar Racing teams to race at Le Mans.
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