In four weeks, competitors in the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will take to the track in Sebring for this season’s initial winter test. The event also marks the beginning of the end for the ALMS, which combines with the NASCAR-owned Grand Am series for the 2014 season.
Though officially referred to as a merger of the two series, Grand Am was reportedly the one writing checks for the assets of the ALMS. In other words, the ALMS will be represented in the new series debuting in 2014, but it will clearly be led by Grand Am. Whether that's good news or bad news depends upon your perspective.
The ALMS Sebring Winter Test, scheduled for February 5-8 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, allows drivers in all classes (including three developmental classes) to shake off the cobwebs ahead of the new season.
Cooper Tire USF2000, Cooper Tire Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin classes will test on February 5 and 6, while ALMS drivers are scheduled to be on track on February 7 and 8.
The ALMS season begins with the 61st running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 16. Fans can watch the race live on Speed, and the ALMS website will provide live timing and scoring.
If you can’t wait until March to watch sports car endurance racing, the Grand Am series opener is just around the corner, with the Rolex 24 At Daytona scheduled for January 26 and 27.