After months of waiting, IMSA released the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule today, featuring nine full rounds with all four classes present and three partial rounds for a total of 12 events. With the three partial rounds, each of the four USCC classes will contest 11 races.
Among the known changes for 2014, the ALMS P1 class has been deleted, replaced with a single top-tier class, Prototype, which combines ALMS P2 and Grand-Am Daytona Prototype machinery on spec Continental tires. Don Panoz's DeltaWing is also included in the Prototype category.
The ALMS LMPC class, which already uses Continental rubber, will continue as the renamed PC category. The ALMS GT class, which transitions to its new GT Le Mans name (GTLM) in 2014, will continue unaltered. Grand-Am's Rolex GT category becomes GT Daytona (GTD), and will absorb the current GX cars.
The need to re-sign every sanctioning agreement, recent changes in venue options, including the loss of the Baltimore Grand Prix and a proposed change for the third annual Brickyard Grand Prix were among the reasons for the delay in the schedule release, and after plenty of anticipation, the final roster of dates and venues is a close match what RACER and other outlets have predicted.
2014 USCC Schedule:
Round 1, Daytona, Jan. 25-26: The season opens at the 24 Hours of Daytona, featuring Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD. Although North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) events have not been nominated, the 24-hour race should serve as the first round.
Round 2, Sebring, March 12-15: The familiar 12-hour race will includes Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD, and should pay points as the second NAEC event.
Round 3, Long Beach, April 11-12: The Grand Prix at Long Beach weekend will be shared with the IndyCar Series, featuring the first reduced event where only Prototype and GTLM will compete in a shortened two-hour race.
Round 4, Monterey, May 3-4: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will feature Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Round 5, Detroit, May 30-June 1: The shared IndyCar Series weekend has a conflict with the official test day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, leaving the USCC to hold its second event with a limited offering of classes. Only Prototype, PC, and GTD will compete at Belle Isle as factory GTLM efforts from Corvette, SRT Viper and possibly more head to France.
Round 6, Watkins Glen, June 28-29: The six-hour race, which includes Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD, should be the third NAEC event.
Round 7, Mosport, July 12-13: The USCC's lone trip north of the border includes Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Round 8, Indianapolis, July 24-25: The run around Indy's road course will include Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Round 9, Elkhart Lake, Aug. 9-10: A return to the Kettle Moraine valley has been secured for Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Round 10, VIR, Aug. 23-24: One of the few surprises on the final calendar, Virginia International Raceway will host the third and final limited schedule, fielding split events for GTLM and GTD, and a standalone PC race.
Round 11, Circuit of The Americas, Sept. 19-20: With individual visits to COTA by the ALMS and Grand-Am this year, the combined USCC event have the full slate of classes with Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Round 12, Road Atlanta, Oct. 1-4: The final round of the season follows the traditional 10-hour/1000-mile format, and should mark the fourth and final NAEC round for Prototype, PC, GTLM and GTD.
Following today's USCC schedule announcement, the World Endurance Championship is set to reveal its calendar at 6 p.m. ET.
The traditional Roar Before the 24 date was not announced, but it will reportedly be held Jan. 3-5.