Run under the NASCAR banner since 2008, Grand-Am will from the beginning of the 2014 season merge with the ALMS calendar after a deal was recently made between both governing bodies. It is hoped the deal will help boost falling attendance figures at Grand-Am events and improve the international impact of the series.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which also governs the FIA World Endurance Championship and has run the prestigious Le Mans 24hrs event since 1923, will play an active role in the development of the new championship. The ACO was the outfit behind the ALMS when the series first appeared in 1999.
Grand-Am founder Jim France will head up the steering committee for the new championship, while ALMS founder Don Panoz, will step in as Vice Chairman. The deal will not affect either series’ 2013 calendars, which remain unaltered.