Belle Isle Grand Prix To Host Tudor Championship

Tudor United Sports Car Championship.By Merrill Cain

(DETROIT, MI) – The Motor City will host North America’s new unified and revitalized sports car racing series next year following Friday’s announcement that the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will race at the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Last spring, the two top sports car series in North America – the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the GRAND-AM Sports Car Series – announced that they would join forces to create the United SportsCar Racing series. Sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and featuring many of the world’s top sports car teams and drivers, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was unveiled and the series will visit Detroit next summer.

As it announced its 12-race schedule on Friday, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship proudly revealed that the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, to be held May 30-June 1, 2014, will be a key event on the circuit. Three classes of sports cars will battle wheel-to-wheel on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit on Saturday, May 31.

“We are excited to host the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in Detroit at next year’s Grand Prix,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “With both series coming together in 2014 this represents a rebirth of sports car racing in North America and we are thrilled to be a part of it here as we host their race on Saturday, May 31st in the automotive capital of the world.”

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix hosted both sports car series in past years. The ALMS cars competed on Belle Isle in 2007 and 2008 while the GRAND-AM Series raced on the island in 2012 and 2013.

“This is, without a doubt, the best sports car schedule in the history of North America,” said Scott Atherton, IMSA President. “When we announced the merger plans last year, we immediately envisioned a dream schedule, one that our industry and, most importantly, our fans would embrace. Although it wasn’t easy, we feel like we have arrived at just that. There were so many options to consider and we could have added more events, but we had to ensure that we didn’t over-tax our industry. So, we stuck to our plan of going with the ‘best of the best’ and capped the line-up at 12 events. Overall, a dream schedule, indeed.”

The Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) race classes will all compete next summer on Belle Isle in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will begin January 25-26 with the popular Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race.

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