Fans of American racing have a new series to be excited about, and it is starting next month. The Tudor United SportsCar Championship starts its inaugural season January 25-26 2014 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Tudor USCC, shortened to “tusk” by early fans, offers a unique choice of racing, for the enthusiasts that are tired of the rolling billboards of NASCAR, or bored by Formula 1’s lack of passing. USCC is the result of a “merger of equals” between the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series. While some fans cringed at the change, like they would have about any change, the combined series could potentially transform American sports car racing. Think NASCAR levels of fans and money, but with left and right turns, and less mullets.
USCC works by keeping what is great about the two former series: the prototype and the GT classes, running on the same track simultaneously. Even within the classes, fans have a lot to see. The prototype class consists of the closed cockpit Daytona Prototypes, the open cockpit Le Mans Challenge Prototypes, plus the amazing DeltaWing. Seriously, Google that thing. It looks straight out of Nintendo’s futuristic F-Zero games.
The GT side also has interesting options. This class a fan favorite because the racecars look like production street-driven sports cars. This is where you’ll see the SRT Viper battling with the new Corvette Stingray and the Porsche GT3. The two classes of GT cars separate the small home-built teams from the factory backed monsters.
USCC may be new, and will probably have a few shakedown issues, but this could be the best time for fans to jump into the series. With a new series, and new rules, there is potential for some of the best racing seen in North America in years. With dozens of different cars on the same track at once, each offering different horsepower levels, areo, braking abilities, visibility, and blind spots, there is serious potential for massive wrecks, rivalries, and victories. A powerful factory backed GT car could even challenge a prototype for the overall win.
USCC is bringing a 24-hour adventure to fans in Florida this January. If you are in the area, you should check it out, as tickets start at only thirty bucks, and can offer access to the infield and garage. Plus, kids are free. That is so much racing value, you can’t afford not to go.