For the first and only time before they come together as United SportsCar Racing in 2014, the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and American Le Mans Series will run at the same track on the same weekend.
Elkhart Lake’s Road America is the locale for a pair of two hour, 45-minute races. GRAND-AM’s runs Saturday (5 p.m. ET, check local listings) and ALMS is Sunday (3 p.m. ET, check local listings). The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is also on the docket with a two-and-a-half hour race Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
In GRAND-AM, the top five driver combinations are separated by 25 points for the DP standings lead with Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow currently on top by 10 points over Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney. That same gap of 25 points covers the top five in GT; Andy Lally and John Potter currently lead Robin Liddell and John Edwards by just 4.
Of the five classes in ALMS, the GTC points lead is tied at 77 (Jeroen Bleekemolen/Cooper MacNeil and Spencer Pumpelly/Nelson Canache Jr.), the P2 lead is just three by Marino Franchitti over Level 5 team boss Scott Tucker, and the GT lead is five by Dirk Mueller (BMW) over Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin (Corvette).
There’s a handful of IndyCar drivers expected to race in the two events. Sebastien Bourdais (8Star) and Justin Wilson (Shank) will race in DPs in the Rolex race, while Simon Pagenaud will make a last-minute cameo replacing the injured Ryan Briscoe at Level 5, per a Thursday report from SPEED’s John Dagys.
Eight drivers are pulling at least double duty: Bill Auberlen, John Edwards, Spencer Pumpelly, Leh Keen, Patrick Long, Andy Lally, Maxime Martin and Tristan Nunez. The first three, Auberlen, Edwards and Pumpelly, are running all three races and will have almost no down time. While the other seven are bouncing between GT cars, 17-year-old Nunez will alternate between a PC prototype in ALMS and a GX class Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D diesel in Rolex.
More announcements regarding the 2014 USCR championship are possible for the weekend. The latest detail to emerge there was Continental Tire’s role as exclusive supplier for three of the four 2014 classes.