Sports car racing fans will have plenty of consistency in 2016 with the renamed WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar which was announced during IMSA’s annual State of the Series address.
“The schedule of world-class venues that host WeatherTech Championship events continue to be one of IMSA’s most significant assets for our stakeholders and race fans,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “We’ve been able to confirm our following year’s schedule in August for the second consecutive year, which provides clear direction for our teams as they make their plans and speaks to the great relationships we’ve developed with our event promoters.
“Wherever possible, we’ve also preserved date equity and made strategic additions to the content at some venues, giving us 12 strong events in 2016. I’ve said it before, but our 2016 calendar provides our teams, marketing partners and most especially, our fans, with one of the best schedules in the industry – we couldn’t be more pleased.”
IMSA’s four classes (Prototype, GT Le Mans, PC, GT Daytona) will not contest every one of the 12 rounds on the new schedule. Prototype will race 10 times, while the other three categories will compete in 11 races.
Round 1: Daytona, January 30-31 (All)
Round 2: Sebring, March 19 (All)
Round 3: Long Beach, April 16 (P, GTLM, PC, with IndyCar)
Round 4: Monterey, May 1 (All)
Round 5: Detroit, June 4 (P, PC, GTD, with IndyCar)
Round 6: Watkins Glen, July 3 (All)
Round 7: CTMP, July 10 (All)
Round 8: Lime Rock, July 23 (GTLM, PC, GTD)
Round 9: Road America, August 7 (All)
Round 10: VIR, August 21 (GTLM, GTD)
Round 11: COTA, September 17 (All, with WEC)
Round 12: Road Atlanta, October 1 (All)
The Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup events (in BOLD) remain unchanged. Of the adjustments to the calendar, IMSA has added the PC class to Long Beach, which suffered from poor car counts, and added GTLM to Lime Rock.
Two tests were also confirmed, starting later this year at Daytona International Speedway (November 17-18) and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 (January 8-10).