In 1974 the 12 Hours of Sebring was cancelled due to the fuel crisis brought on by the OPEC oil embargo (the 24 Hours of Daytona had also been cancelled earlier in the year).
When the oil embargo ended in late March, IMSA decided to go ahead and have Road Atlanta open the 1974 season with a six-hour race on April 21st that would be known as “Sebring at Road Atlanta” (which was printed on the tickets). While this wasn’t the official name of the event, that was certainly the theme. It should be noted that even though Sebring was cancelled, several thousand fans showed up anyway at the old central Florida airport circuit back in March.
As track President Arthur Montgomery wrote in the event program: “You will be witnessing the first ever championship endurance racing event at Road Atlanta. We regret it was necessary for our friends at Sebring to cancel their event, but welcome the opportunity to replace Sebring for the opening race of the 1974 championship schedule.”
With uniqueness and modernity at the forefront, the new United SportsCar Racing platform was revealed (#TheReveal) today at Sebring International Raceway, resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
United SportsCar Racing will debut in 2014 with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"The new name says it all," said GRAND-AM President and CEO Ed Bennett. "In only six months since we announced the merger, GRAND-AM and the ALMS have taken huge strides to become one organization that will redefine sports car racing in North America. United SportsCar Racing reflects the fundamental spirit of how we are working together toward a common goal."
Agreement Allows For Selected Competitors To Have Entries In 24 Hours of Le Mans; Use Of Petit Le Mans As Road Atlanta Race Name.
The link between Le Mans and professional sports car racing in North America lives on into the future. Officials from United SportsCar Racing – a result of unifying the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and GRAND-AM Road Racing – today signed agreements with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) that will keep the Le Mans brand of sports car racing firmly entrenched in North America.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (Jan. 22, 2013) - Defending American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge class champion CORE autosport announced plans to expand to the GT category in 2013 with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR piloted by Porsche factory star Patrick Long and three-time Le Mans class winner Tom Kimber-Smith. The new entry will be in addition to the team's confirmed return to the PC class where team owner/driver Jon Bennett and young standout Colin Braun are targeting CORE's third consecutive championship.
In only two seasons of ALMS competition, CORE autosport has grown into a PC powerhouse, earning back-to-back team and driver championships (the 2011 PC driver championship was a three-way tie). The team hopes to further showcase its strength by becoming a Porsche customer team in 2013.Read Entire Story at ALMS