The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (USC) is a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada and organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). It is a result of a merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and Rolex GrandAm Sports Car Series.
There are four different classes in the United SportsCar Championship series, featuring two sports prototype categories and two grand tourer classes:
· Prototype Challenge (PC): a spec class carried over directly from the American Le Mans Series, featuring Le Mans Prototype Challenge cars built by Oreca with engines supplied by Chevrolet and tires from Continental.
· GT Le Mans (GTLM): a continuation of the ALMS GT class, consisting of cars matching the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's GTE specification, including the Ferrari 458 GT2.
Some races may only use selected classes of cars, for example: Any class car may be permitted entry into the Rolex 24, while at the Grand Prix of Long Beach only the Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) will be entered.
Ferrari is represented by two teams in the GTLM class and 5 team in the GTD class.
The 2016 United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) season will be the second season of the International Motor Sports Association's WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. It will begin in January with the 24 Hours of Daytona.
2016 will see the introduction of the two awards for the top-finishing Pro-Am drivers in Prototype, while the Bob Akin Award will be for the top GTLM pairing. The top Pro-Am pairings from these classes at the end of the year will be given automatic entries to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the Trueman award winner eligible for the LMP2 class, while the Akin Award winner would be for the LM GTE Am class. To be eligible for these awards, the drivers must at a minimum contest the North American Endurance Cup events.
Ferrari of North America provides hospitality at all the races. It generally includes: