Since the United SportsCar Racing series is taking its sweet time to release its 2014 schedule, I will do it for them.
(Drum roll, please)
1. 24 Hours of Daytona – January
2. Circuit of the Americas – February
3. 12 Hours of Sebring – March
4. Long Beach (with IndyCar) – April
6. Indianapolis (perhaps with IndyCar) – early May
6. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – June
7. Watkins Glen – July
8. Road America – August
9. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Labour Day, with NASCAR trucks)
10. Lime Rock – September
11. Laguna Seca – October
12. Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta) – November
Okay, let’s get one thing straight: this is my list; not theirs. I like to think of stuff like this as informed opinion but it’s really just a guess.
At the end of day, though, this is not rocket science. I don’t know what the holdup is. First, this schedule was supposed to be issued by the end of July and then it was supposed to come out at the Road Amercia double-header last weekend. When it didn’t happen either way, that’s when I decided to do their work for them.
Both the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series, which will morph into SportsCar in time for next season, race at many of the same circuits already. And of all the tracks, the ones I’ve left off my list – Barber Motorsports Park, Kansas Speedway, Virginia International Raceway and the two temporary circuits in Detroit and Baltimore – were eminently droppable to start with.
I assigned races to the facilities either when they’ve previously had them or close to those times. There’s no spring race becoming a fall race — that sort of thing.
And rather than racing in front of empty grandstands on NASCAR’s mid-summer Brickyard 400 weekend (sports cars and stock cars don’t really mix), the early May race at Indy could kick off the 500 Festival at the Speedway and that might attract the open-wheel crowd.
Now, there are a dozen races on my list; if SportsCar opts to run only 10 in their inaugural season, they could just drop COTA and Lime Rock (but why? They can handle an even dozen).
So there’s your 2014 United SportsCar Racing schedule.
Okay, before I go, now that she’s involved in European racing and says she’s in the sport for the long haul, I think Pamela Anderson should buy a NASCAR team.
It could be sponsored by Hooters.