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2012 Racing Schedules

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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule




2012 Schedule
DATE RACE TV

Sat, Feb 18
8:00 PM ET Budweiser Shootout FOX

Daytona International Speedway FOX
Thu, Feb 23
2:00 PM ET Gatorade Duel 1

Daytona International Speedway SPD
Thu, Feb 23
4:00 PM ET Gatorade Duel 2
Daytona International Speedway SPD

Sun, Feb 26
1:00 PM ET Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway FOX

Sun, Mar 4
3:00 PM ET Subway Fresh Fit 500
Phoenix International Raceway FOX

Sun, Mar 11
3:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas
Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX

Sun, Mar 18
1:00 PM ET Jeff Byrd 500
Bristol Motor Speedway FOX

Sun, Mar 25
3:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at California
Auto Club Speedway FOX Tickets

Sun, Apr 1
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville
Martinsville Speedway FOX

Sat, Apr 14
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas
Texas Motor Speedway FOX

Sun, Apr 22
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas
Kansas Speedway FOX

Sat, Apr 28
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond
Richmond International Raceway FOX

Sun, May 6
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega
Talladega Superspeedway FOX

Sat, May 12
7:30 PM ET Southern 500 at Darlington
Darlington Raceway FOX

Sat, May 19
5:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Showdown
Charlotte Motor Speedway SPD

Sat, May 19
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway SPD

Sun, May 27
6:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX

Sun, Jun 3
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover
Dover International Speedway FOX

Sun, Jun 10
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono
Pocono Raceway TNT

Sun, Jun 17
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan
Michigan International Speedway TNT

Sun, Jun 24
3:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Sonoma
Infineon Raceway TNT

Sat, Jun 30
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky
Kentucky Speedway TNT

Sat, Jul 7
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway TNT

Sun, Jul 15
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire
New Hampshire Motor Speedway TNT

Sun, Jul 29
1:00 PM ET Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sun, Aug 5
1:00 PM ET NSCS at Pocono pres. by the Sprint Summer Showdown
Pocono Raceway

Sun, Aug 12
1:00 PM ET NSCS at Watkins Glen pres. by GoDaddy.com
Watkins Glen International
Sun, Aug 19
1:00 PM ET Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway

Sat, Aug 25
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sun, Sep 2
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta pres. by Pennzoil
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sat, Sep 8
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond
Richmond International Raceway

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DATE RACE TV

Sun, Sep 16
2:00 PM ET GEICO 400 at Chicago
Chicagoland Speedway

Sun, Sep 23
2:00 PM ET Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sun, Sep 30
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover
Dover International Speedway

Sun, Oct 7
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega
Talladega Superspeedway
Sat, Oct 13
7:30 PM ET Bank of America 500 at Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sun, Oct 21
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas pres. by Dodge
Kansas Speedway

Sun, Oct 28
1:30 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville
Martinsville Speedway

Sun, Nov 4
3:00 PM ET NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas
Texas Motor Speedway

Sun, Nov 11
3:00 PM ET Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix
Phoenix International Raceway

Sun, Nov 18
3:00 PM ET Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami
Homestead-Miami Speedway
 

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2012 NASCAR Nationwide Schedule

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Schedule


2012 Schedule
DATE RACE TV




Sat, Feb 25
1:00 PM ET NNS at Daytona pres. by GoDaddy.com
Daytona International Speedway

Sat, Mar 3
4:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix
Phoenix International Raceway

Sat, Mar 10
5:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas
Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Sat, Mar 17
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sat, Mar 24
5:30 PM ET NNS at California presented by CiCi's Pizza
Auto Club Speedway

Fri, Apr 13
8:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas
Texas Motor Speedway

Fri, Apr 27
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond pres. by Jack Daniels
Richmond International Raceway

Sat, May 5
3:00 PM ET Aaron's 312 at Talladega
Talladega Superspeedway

Fri, May 11
7:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington
Darlington Raceway

Sun, May 20
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa
Iowa Speedway

Sat, May 26
2:30 PM ET Top Gear 300 at Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sat, Jun 2
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover
Dover International Speedway

Sat, Jun 16
3:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan
Michigan International Speedway

Sat, Jun 23
3:30 PM ET Bucyrus 200 at Road America
Road America

Fri, Jun 29
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky
Kentucky Speedway

Fri, Jul 6
7:30 PM ET Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway

Sat, Jul 14
3:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at New Hampshire
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sun, Jul 22
3:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicago
Chicagoland Speedway

Sat, Jul 28
4:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Indianapolis
Lucas Oil Raceway At Indianapolis

Sat, Aug 4
8:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa
Iowa Speedway

Sat, Aug 11
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen International

Sat, Aug 18
2:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Montreal
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Fri, Aug 24
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sat, Sep 1
7:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Fri, Sep 7
7:30 PM ET NNS at Richmond pres. by Jack Daniels
Richmond International Raceway

Sat, Sep 15
3:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicago
Chicagoland Speedway

Sat, Sep 22
4:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky
Kentucky Speedway

Sat, Sep 29
3:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover
Dover International Speedway

Fri, Oct 12
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sat, Oct 20
3:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas
Kansas Speedway

Sat, Nov 3
7:30 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas
Texas Motor Speedway

Sat, Nov 10
4:00 PM ET NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix
Phoenix International Raceway

Sat, Nov 17
4:30 PM ET Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami
Homestead-Miami Speedway
 

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2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Schedule

2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Schedule


2012 Schedule
DATE RACE TV





Fri, Feb 24
7:30 PM ET NextEra Energy Resources 250
Daytona International Speedway SPD

Sat, Mar 31
1:30 PM ET Kroger 250
Martinsville Speedway SPD

Sun, Apr 15
1:00 PM ET Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200
Rockingham Speedway SPD

Sat, Apr 21
2:00 PM ET O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
Kansas Speedway SPD

Fri, May 18
8:00 PM ET N.C. Education Lottery 200
Charlotte Motor Speedway SPD

Fri, Jun 1
4:30 PM ET Lucas Oil 200
Dover International Speedway SPD

Fri, Jun 8
9:00 PM ET WinStar World Casino 400k
Texas Motor Speedway SPD

Thu, Jun 28
8:00 PM ET UNOH 225
Kentucky Speedway SPD

Sat, Jul 14
8:30 PM ET Coca-Cola 200
Iowa Speedway SPD

Sat, Jul 21
8:00 PM ET Fast Five 225
Chicagoland Speedway SPD

Sat, Aug 4
1:00 PM ET Pocono Mountains 125
Pocono Raceway SPD

Sat, Aug 18
12:30 PM ET VFW 200
Michigan International Speedway SPD

Wed, Aug 22
8:00 PM ET O'Reilly Auto Parts 200
Bristol Motor Speedway SPD

Fri, Aug 31
8:00 PM ET NCWTS at Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway SPD

Sat, Sep 15
8:30 PM ET NCWTS at Iowa
Iowa Speedway SPD

Fri, Sep 21
7:30 PM ET Kentucky 225
Kentucky Speedway SPD

Sat, Sep 29
8:30 PM ET Smith's 350
Las Vegas Motor Speedway SPD

Sat, Oct 6
4:00 PM ET Coca-Cola 250
Talladega Superspeedway SPD

Sat, Oct 27
2:00 PM ET Kroger 200
Martinsville Speedway SPD

Fri, Nov 2
8:00 PM ET WinStar World Casino 350k
Texas Motor Speedway SPD

Fri, Nov 9
8:00 PM ET Lucas Oil 150
Phoenix International Raceway SPD

Fri, Nov 16
8:00 PM ET Ford 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway SPD
 

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2012 IndyCar Series Schedule

2012 IndyCar Series Schedule



2012 Schedule
DATE RACE TV



Sun, Mar. 25
TBD Streets of St. Petersburg
Streets Of St. Petersburg

Sun, Apr. 1
TBD Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park

Sun, Apr. 15
TBD Streets of Long Beach
Streets Of Long Beach

Sun, Apr. 29
TBD Streets of Sao Paulo
Streets Of Sao Paulo

Sun, May. 27
TBD Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sun, Jun. 3
TBD Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Raceway At Belle Isle Park

Sat, Jun. 9
TBD Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway

Sat, Jun. 23
TBD Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway

Sun, Jul. 8
TBD Streets of Toronto
Streets Of Toronto

Sun, Jul. 22
TBD Edmonton City Centre Airport
Edmonton City Centre Airport

Sun, Aug. 5
TBD Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Sun, Aug 19
Noon ET Streets of Qingdao, China
Streets Of Qingdao

Sun, Aug. 26
TBD Infineon Raceway
Infineon Raceway

Sun, Sep. 2
TBD Streets of Baltimore
Streets Of Baltimore

Sat, Sep. 15
TBD Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
 

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2012 Formula One Schedule

2012 Formula One Schedule



2012 Schedule
DATE RACE TV


Sun, Mar 18
3:00 AM ET Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park

Sun, Mar 25
4:00 AM ET Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang International Circuit

Sun, Apr 15
3:00 AM ET Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit

Sun, Apr 22
8:00 AM ET Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit

Sun, May 13
8:00 AM ET Grand Prix Of Spain
Circuit De Catalunya

Sun, May 27
8:00 AM ET Grand Prix Of Monaco
Circuit De Monaco

Sun, Jun 10
1:00 PM ET Grand Prix Of Canada
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit

Sun, Jun 24
8:00 AM ET Grand Prix Of Europe
Valencia

Sun, Jul 8
8:00 AM ET British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit

Sun, Jul 22
8:00 AM ET Grand Prix of Germany
Nurburgring

Sun, Jul 29
8:00 AM ET Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring

Sun, Sep 2
8:00 AM ET Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit Of Spa Francorchamps

Sun, Sep 9
8:00 AM ET Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza

Sun, Sep 23
8:00 AM ET Singapore Grand Prix
Singapore Street Circuit

Sun, Oct 7
2:00 AM ET Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka International Racing Course

Sun, Oct 14
2:00 AM ET Korean Grand Prix
Korea International

Sun, Nov 4
8:00 AM ET Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit

Sun, Nov 18
1:00 PM ET United States Grand Prix
Circuit of The Americas

Sun, Nov 25
11:00 AM ET Grand Prix Of Brazil
Autodromo Carlos Pace

Wed, Nov 28
4:30 AM ET Grand Prix of India
Jaypee Circuit
 

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2012 American Le Mans Series Schedule

2012 American Le Mans Series Schedule



DATE RACE

March 18 Sebring International Raceway
Sebring, FL

April 15 Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

May 13 Mazda Raceway Laguna SECA
Monterey, CA

July 8 Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, CT

July 23 Mosport International Raceway
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

August 5 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, OH

August 19 Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI

September 2 Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

October 21 Road Atlanta
Braselton, GA
 

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2012 ARCA Racing Series

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Schedule




Date Event Track Length TV

February 18th Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Daytona Int'l Speedway 200 Miles Live on SPEED at 4:30 PM ET

March 10th Mobile ARCA 200 Mobile Int'l Speedway 200 Laps

April 29th Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Salem Speedway 200 Laps

May 4th Talladega ARCA 250 Talladega Superspeedway 250 Miles Live on SPEED at 5:00 PM ET

May 20th Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Toledo Speedway 200 Laps Live on SPEED at 2:00 PM ET

June 2nd Akona 200 presented by Federated Elko Speedway 200 Laps

June 9th Pocono ARCA 200 Pocono Raceway 200 Miles SDD on SPEED at 2:30 PM ET

June 15th RainEater Wiper Blades 200 Michigan Int'l Speedway 200 Miles Live on SPEED at 5:00 PM ET

June 24th Winchester ARCA 200 Winchester Speedway 200 Laps

July 1st New Jersey ARCA 150 New Jersey Motorsports Park 150 Miles

July 13th Iowa ARCA 200 Iowa Speedway 200 Laps Live on SPEED at 9:00 PM ET

July 21st Chicagoland ARCA 150 Chicagoland Speedway 150 Miles Live on SPEED at 5:00 PM ET

July 27th ARCA 200 at LOR Lucas Oil Raceway 200 Laps Live on SPEED at 8:00 PM ET

August 4th Pennsylvania ARCA 125 Pocono Raceway 125 Miles Live on SPEED at 3:00 PM ET

August 11th Berlin ARCA 200 Berlin Raceway 200 Laps

August 19th Allen Crowe 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds 100 Miles

August 26th Madison ARCA 200 Madison Int'l Speedway 200 Laps

September 3rd Southern Illinois 100 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds 100 Miles

September 15th Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic by Federated Car Care Salem Speedway 200 Laps

October 19th Kansas ARCA 150 Kansas Speedway 150 Miles Live on SPEED at 8:30 PM ET
 

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2012 Rolex Series

Rolex Series



Date Event Track Info

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2012 Barber Motorsports Park Barber Motorsports Park

Apr 27 - Apr 29, 2012 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway

May 11 - May 13, 2012 New Jersey Motorsports Park New Jersey Motorsports Park

Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Challenge Belle Isle

Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2012 Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2012 Road America Road America

Jun 29 - Jul 1, 2012 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Watkins Glen International

Jul 27 - Jul 29, 2012 Super Weekend at The Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Aug 10 - Aug 12, 2012 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International

Aug 17 - Aug 19, 2012 Circuit Gilles Villenueve Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
 

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2012 Moto-GP Schedule

2012
Schedule

Date Event Location Info

Sun, 04/08/12 Qatar Grand Prix Losail International Circuit

Sun, 04/29/12 Spanish Grand Prix Circuito de Jerez

Sun, 05/06/12 Portuguese Grand Prix Estoril Circuit

Sun, 05/20/12 French Grand Prix Le Mans

Sun, 06/03/12 Catalunya Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya

Sun, 06/17/12 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit

Sat, 06/30/12 TT Assen TT Circuit Assen Buy Tickets

Sun, 07/08/12 German Grand Prix Sachsenring Circuit

Sun, 07/15/12 Italian Grand Prix Mugello Autodromo Internazionale

Sun, 07/29/12 United States Grand Prix Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Sun, 08/19/12 Indianapolis Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sun, 08/26/12 Czech Grand Prix Automotodrom Brno

Sun, 09/16/12 San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix Misano

Sun, 09/30/12 Grand Prix of Aragon MotorLand Aragon Buy Tickets

Sun, 10/14/12 Japanese Grand Prix Twin Ring Motegi

Sun, 10/21/12 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit Buy Tickets

Sun, 10/28/12 Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Circuit

Sun, 11/11/12 Valencia Grand Prix Valencia Circuit
 

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2012 NHRA Schedule

2012
Schedule


Date Event Location Info

2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Schedule

52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Feb. 9-12
Pomona, Calif.

28th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals Feb. 17-19
Phoenix

43rd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 8-11
Gainesville, Fla. (PSM)

13th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals March 30-April 1
Las Vegas

Third annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 13-15
Charlotte, N.C.

25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals April 27-29
Houston (PSM)

32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 4-6
Commerce, Ga. (PSM)

24th annual NHRA Summer Nationals May 18-20
Topeka, Kan.

43rd annual NHRA SuperNationals May 31-June 3
Englishtown, N.J. (PSM)

12th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 15-17
presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers
Bristol, Tenn.

15th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals June 28-July 1
Chicago (PSM)

Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals July 5-8
Norwalk, Ohio (PSM)

33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 20-22
Denver (PSM)

25th annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals July 27-29
Sonoma, Calif. (PSM)


25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Aug. 3-5
Seattle

31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 16-19
Brainerd, Minn. (PSM)

58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil Aug. 29-Sept. 3
Indianapolis (PSM)

NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship


Fifth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 14-16
Charlotte, N.C. (PSM)

27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Sept. 20-23
Dallas (PSM)

28th annual Uni-Select Auto Plus NHRA Nationals Sept. 27- 30
Reading, Pa. (PSM)

Inaugural NHRA Midwest Nationals Oct. 5- 7
St. Louis (PSM)

12th annual NHRA Nevada Nationals Oct. 25–28
Las Vegas (PSM)

48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 8-11
Pomona, Calif. (PSM)

(PSM) - Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle
 

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Global RallyCross Championship
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Global Rallycross Championship Category Rallycross
Country or region USA
Inaugural season 2011

Official website Global RallyCross | 2012 Season


The Global Rallycross Championship is a self-owned Rallycross series run in the United States. Started in 2009, the series has gained a fair amount of commercial success. The events are run with heavily modified production cars called rallycross cars and are run at a wide range of venues from NASCAR Superspeedways to street courses and commonly feature a mix of dirt and asphault.



2012 Schedule
Round Location Other Event Date


1 United States Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 26 May

2 United States Texas Motor Speedway IZOD IndyCar Series 9 June

3 United States X Games, Los Angeles X Games XVIII 30 June - 1 July

4 United States New Hampshire Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 14 July

5 United States Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Series 1 September

6 United States Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 29 September
 

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Sep 2nd 2012

ALMS, Grand Am finally getting hitched



SPEED reports the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series are merging. Rumors have swirled around the marriage of the two series for years, but fired up in earnest two weeks ago. Though details are still scarce, SPEED says Grand-Am will likely take on sanctioning duties. The news comes courtesy of unnamed sources, including manufacturers and race participants, who indicate the championship may very well combine classes from both ALMS and the Rolex Series. ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton has denied the merger, and SPEED says a spokesperson for the Rolex Series declined to comment.

Traditionally, the two race series have been spirited rivals, and while both saw widespread support from manufacturers and privateer teams over the years, entries in key categories have recently declined.

The two won't officially combine until 2014 at the earliest. ALMS recently signed a one-year licensing deal with the sanctioning body behind the Le Mans series in Europe, which means we'll continue to see racing under the ALMS banner for at least one more season. Look for officials to make an official announcement on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Florida.


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NASCAR Buys American Le Mans Series

NASCAR Buys American Le Mans Series


09/05/2012



NASCAR, owner of the Grand American sports car series (Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge) has purchased the International Motor Sports Association and its American Le Mans Series, eliminating all competition within the sport.

NASCAR will formally announce the sale Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. The details of new sports car series, which should start racing in 2014, will also be announced.

Both premier series—Grand Am’s Rolex series and the ALMS—have been struggling financially. Grand Am survives because of NASCAR subsidies, and ALMS has been steadily declining in profitability. Rolex had better TV numbers (due to NASCARs’ purchase of time on Speed-TV) while ALMS had more fans but did not have a live TV presence after 2010.

The hope is that the purchase will bring together all sports car fans, teams, and sponsors into a single profitable and popular series.


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