Similar to the its North American Endurance Cup that creates a championship-within-a-championship with its four longest events, IMSA has fashioned something similar with the ‘WeatherTech Sprint Cup’ championship for the seven standard-length GT Daytona races.
With the GTD entrants able to vie for a secondary championship to go with the season-long championship contested at all 10 rounds, and the endurance-only NAEC title, IMSA hopes to add further incentives for its Pro-Am GT paddock.
“The IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup is a product of constructive feedback from a series of conversations with GTD stakeholders,”said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “Beginning next season, GTD competitors have the opportunity to compete for three different IMSA titles. The IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup offers GTD drivers and teams a relatively cost-effective option to compete at the top level of North American sports car racing. We are grateful to WeatherTech Founder and CEO David MacNeil for his enthusiastic support of this new program.”
The WeatherTech Sprint Cup will kick off during IMSA’s visit to Mid-Ohio in May and conclude in September at Monterey.
“The new IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup for GTD competitors will add an exciting element to the class,” David MacNeil, founder and CEO of WeatherTech said. “Putting emphasis on the sprint rounds should attract new competitors to our brand of sports car racing. More cars on the track makes for more excitement for the fans and a better show for television.”