The International Motor Sports Association and the Automobile Club de L’Ouest have announced a collaborative decision to grant eligibility through the end of the 2016 season to the Prototype-class machines in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the LM P2-class machines internationally.
The USCC will feature a Prototype class made up of the current GRAND-AM Daytona Prototypes (pictured) and the American Le Mans Series’ P2 cars, as well as Deltawing’s new DWC13 car. According to a press release, computer simulations and wind-tunnel testing of the three different prototypes are entering their final stages, and on-track testing will soon begin.
In a statement, IMSA chairman Jim France called the decision “outstanding news for prototype teams all over the world.”
“Moving forward, whether a team races a Daytona Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship or an LM P2 car around the world, they have an opportunity to make investments in their equipment that they will be able to utilize over the next three years,” he said. “This is a huge step for the future of sports car racing both in North America and internationally.”
Speaking for the P2 squads, ACO president Pierre Fillon noted that the decision would allow them to have “a sufficient period to absorb their costs” over the next three seasons.
“It also provides the Automobile Club de L’Ouest and its technical partners, IMSA and the FIA, enough time to work on the possible creation of the future prototype that could replace and further revolutionize the LMP2s and the DPs in 2017 in the best possible conditions,” he said in his own statement.