Friday, September 13, 2013

More Goofy Sh*t and more sussing out the schedule (Updated!)

 While there's no regulations outlawing me from promoting my blog, nonetheless there's always some grade A asshole who minds me plugging my blog.

 I'll be changing some things around soon to make it more clear that anything I post is from a fan's point of view, not a press release masquerading as the news which is what most Americans are used too these days.

 I will always link to proper journalism but also have a personal take.

 With that out of the way, Marshall Pruett and John Dagys have started to piece together the 2014 United Sports Car Racing schedule.

 This first three events seem to be locked in, with only an announcement pending; some say next week at the combined ALMS/WEC event at COTA.
  1.  24 hours of Daytona
  2.  Mobil One 12 hours of Sebring
  3.  Toyota Long Beach GP
 Let's stop right there for a second... Marshall stated during Mid-Week Motorsports this week, that while Long Beach might be a GT only race, he said that the possibility of it being a full grid USCR race is still there.

 This would be ideal of course if paddock issues could be solved. It makes for a very solid first 1/3rd of the season and some interesting storylines. 

 It could easily go pear shaped if you DNF at Daytona, but you must finish on the podium at Sebring. Otherwise if for some reason you don't finish well at Long Beach where its easy to destroy the car, you might never recover.

 On the flip of that, if you finish your class in first place at all three races, you have two double points rounds and standard 2:45 race at Long Beach. You could just finish in the Top 5, occasionally podium and still win the Championship.

 Many an ALMS season has been made or broken at Sebring. If you do badly at Daytona, you could recover at Sebring, but its important that you get solid finishes.

 The racing should be great and very contentious, especially if there any penalties for avoidable contact.

 The rest of the schedule is less clear at this point because no dates have been set. But it seems Laguna Seca is going to be apart of the inaugural season of USCR. 

 Tracks on the bubble -

  •  Mid-Ohio
  •  VIR
  •  Baltimore
 I am not including Laguna Seca on the bubble as Marshall seemed pretty certain that it will be apart of the schedule. Where does it land? Does it return to its current status of being a 4-6 hour event before Le Mans Test Weekend or return to its former status at a race into the evening as the last race of the season?

 What's also not completely clear is the status of Mosport, Detroit and Baltimore. 

 Detroit seems to be penciled in as a Prototype only race, but just like Long Beach could be a full grid race as well.

 Mosport has a letter of intent but has not signed yet, which is my guess and Baltimore is looking for a date and from that we'll know if it will be included on the USCR schedule or not.

 Revised Scheduled as follows... (10 Full Field, 2 Partial unofficially)

  1.  Rolex 24 @ Daytona (Jan 25/26)
  2.  Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring (Mar 15)
  3.  Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix (Apr 12th) *Pro Classes Only
  4.  Laguna Seca 
  5.  Detroit GP (Pro Am Classes Only?) *Le Mans Test Weekend
  6.  Watkins Glen 6 Hours
  7.  Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  8.  Brickyard 400 Weekend (IMS Road Course)
  9.  Road America (4 hours/500 Miles?)
  10.  Circuit of The Americas (COTA) 
  11.  Virginia International Raceway (VIR)
  12.  Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta)

The strong rumor is its 12 races, not 11 as previously thought. News coming out of Baltimore is that the B-More GP is not going to happen in 2014 because a date can not be found for Indycar. Looks like the Autoextremist was right, though I think he thought it was because of the $1.9 Million dollars worth of damage (from Mid Week Motorsports) in that race opening accident, requiring new tubs for Falken Tires, Core Autosport and I think Miller Racing (all Porsches, interesting). Level 5 also had to order a new tub since the suspension mounting points damaged the original (IE pushed though)

 Rumor has it the full schedule will be announced during the WEC/ALMS weekend at COTA next weekend, so stay tuned to see how correct I, John, Marshall and others are.

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