The American Le Mans Series' 2013 season will comprise the same five classes – P1, P2, GT, PC and GTC – rather than add an additional class as has been rumored for several months.
Given the merger between ALMS and Grand-Am set for 2014, any class alterations for next year wouldn't have made sense given the current competition and economic climate, said ALMS and IMSA COO Scot Elkins.
“We know our teams are already focusing on what shape their programs might take in 2014,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is force anyone to make a substantial investment for 2013 when we are still working out the structure for the new merged series. The current class structure already makes for great racing; continuing this way in 2013 ensures a good show for the fans and consistency for our participants.”
Elkins added that any plan to add a GT-Am category to the ALMS is no longer feasible for the 2013 season. The ALMS' GT class will carry over in its current form to the new 2014 championship.
GTE-Am is present as a current class under the ACO, in the FIA World Endurance Championship, open to teams that run two amateur drivers and one pro in three-driver lineups and a pro-am split if two drivers.