They are merging because of money. NASCAR (curator of the Grand-Am series) felt threatened, so they bought out ALMS, ostensibly to "help unify American sports car racing." The whole thing stinks though if you ask me, but I think ALMS has been on a downhill slide ever since Audi pulled out.
I usually make it a point to watch Petit LeMans, but since it's on Fox Sports 2 this year (which I don't get, unlike Fox Sports 1, formerly Speed), and I'm on night shift, I'm just not going to bother about it unless it gets posted up on ESPN3 sometime. (I'm also pissed at Fox for ruining Speed.)
Anyway, Petit LeMans seems like a fun event to attend. They're still going to put it on under the USCR banner, right?
'06 Nightfall Blue Elise. She's named Elena.
"I know my car is a girl because I'm happy when I'm inside it."