JEFF SEGAL, DRIVER (ROLEX GT CLASS POINTS LEADER, AIM AUTOSPORT TEAM FXDD FERRARI 458)
“First and foremost, in terms of being competitors, we're really optimistic about what this decision can mean. Combining the strengths of each, it could be epic. Not the least of which is looking at the tracks, the schedules, and it could be absolutely spectacular.
“On the other hand, there's a lot of difficult questions. The biggest is technical. What is the class structure, the cars? We just introduced the Ferrari 458 into Grand-Am, and I'd be surprised if the GT3 format wasn't adopted in some way, shape or form. Until we get some insight from Grand-Am, it's difficult to know.
“I think it's difficult on timing. It opens one of the two series up to being a lame duck for next year. As long as this series is quickly forthcoming with the details of what 2014 looks like, then it doesn't have to be like that.
“As it stands today, we start planning for 2013 not knowing what the classes, rules are for 2014, and no one knows. But '13 will have an impact on '14 to cars, pit equipment, spares and so forth. There's a lot of questions, which are hopefully solved sooner than later!”
JOHN EDWARDS, ROLEX GT DRIVER (STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO)
“I'm waiting for the official announcement, but I've seen a lot of things reported before the announcement and then they don't happen. I had read [ALMS CEO] Scott Atherton had flat-out denied it.
“I think if it does happen, a merger would be good for the long-term future of the sport, same as IndyCar/Champ Car. In the short term, being the driver, you have an opportunity to drive in both series. There's a lot less opportunities for driving if series combined. But one series will be much stronger for the series and time in the States. In the short-term, it may eliminate some options to do races.
“I don't know how they'll do the classes. ALMS has five, Rolex has two and third next year, can't combine. A lot of cars are close enough, if classes can be combined with relative ease, I think they're all fairly similar speeds there should be a way to combine those.”
MARTIN PLOWMAN, ALMS P2 DRIVER (CONQUEST ENDURANCE MORGAN-NISSAN)
“I think it's too early to say whether it's a good thing or not. On one hand, it looked like NASCAR's Grand-Am series was in decline, and the American Le Mans Series you'd think seems to be growing again. Now, you'd get these together for a power series – at the moment, ALMS has almost every manufacturer under the sun involved with it. You've instantly got a strong base.
“I think it will be interesting how they play [the classes]. You have to be very careful on balance of performance. The DP cars aren't really as quick as the LMP2 or PC cars, so there has to be way to figure it out. Teams are now on the fence about whether to buy cars for next year.
“This year the Morgan car is for sale, Eric [Bachelart, Conquest team principal]'s the distributor for it, and PC cars may want to buy an LMP2, now it's cost-capped and affordable. But why now would they go ahead and buy it if it's only gonna be valid for one year? Going out and buying them, you want it to be a long-term hit.
“ALMS has always been good at achieving balance of performance, because when you look at all the GT cars, they're all close even though they're so different. They have different ways of being quick and placed on a level playing field.”
So, a lot of good questions, hopes and concerns are touching everyone in the sports car industry today, and they as well as the legions of fans who follow their efforts look forward to seeing how they will be addressed in the days ahead.