What does the CEO say?
The FIA's World Endurance Championship™ (WEC) and the American Le Mans Series shared the bill on their first visit to Circuit of The Americas™ in 2013, and as many of you know, plans have already been made to expand and improve the event when it returns to Austin on Sep. 20, 2014.
The Racer.com had the opportunity to speak with WEC CEO Gerard Neveu at Le Mans a few weeks ago where he shared the plans currently in place for the combined WEC and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™ weekend event.
We learned a lot from last year," said Neveu. "The main idea is still the same – to re-join the TUDOR SportsCar Championship™ on the same weekend in America with the WEC for the World Championship. This year the idea is to combine both races on the same day together, and I would say, more following the respect for the local culture with something like you come enjoy.”
At the 2013 event, there were two days of racing, the ALMS holding its penultimate round on Saturday and the WEC taking its turn on Sunday.
The Frenchman stated, "Come for the two races, have some drinks, we'll have a rock and roll stage and fireworks during the night. Last year it was more about the racing, but this year we work very hard with COTA to create a rich experience with many attractions in addition to the sports car racing.”
Neveu hopes adding more entertainment, perks and most importantly, combining both series on one day with the WEC series racing into the night will bring in an even bigger audience this fall.
The TUDOR Championship will start at midday and the second race with the WEC by 4:30 or 5 in the afternoon and will continue until 11. The fans will have an enjoyable weekend not only filled with racing, but with a sports car festival.
The main goal for this new series is to make sure the fans, the public, you name it, are satisfied. Over the years, the endurance series normally uses traditional tracks in the USA, like Sebring, Petit Le Mans, Laguna Seca, and many other facilities. These tracks have many years of tradition already, so Neveu and COTA’s goal are to match the success from the other tracks and begin new traditions at Circuit of The Americas in the years to come.
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