IMSA releases 2019 schedule

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IMSA releases 2019 schedule

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IMSA releases 2019 schedule

Continuity is the theme running through IMSA’s 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar as all of the current tracks will be retained and no new venues will be used.

The only provisional event is Detroit, which is the subject of a City Council vote to continue as a circuit for the combined Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA weekend in early July.

IMSA’s Prototype class will compete in 10 rounds, GT Daytona will partake in 10 events that count toward the championship, and if Detroit is confirmed, it would be a non-points event. It would, however, count toward the new WeatherTech Sprint Cup championship for GTD entrants to pursue during the seven standard-length events like Mid-Ohio, Detroit, etc.

IMSA’s factory GT Le Mans class is the only category left with 11 points-paying races.

“As we head to the conclusion of the 2018 season, our event promoters have enjoyed record, or near-record attendance for WeatherTech Championship events, and our 2019 schedule will allow those same promoters to build on that momentum,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton.

“IMSA has been fortunate for the past several years to have a schedule that includes the very best road courses and road racing events in North America, and we are thrilled to confirm our return to these same venues in 2019.”

One interesting scheduling choice can be found in the timing of IMSA’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca event in September, which takes place the week prior to IndyCar’s Monterey return. With North America’s two primary road racing properties loading into the same track within a matter of days, it will be interesting to see whether local fans will choose one over the other, or attend both.

IMSA has dropped its annual test at Sebring from its plans, making the Roar Before The 24 its only official test. Times and dates for IMSA’s WeatherTech Championship broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN will be announced at a later date. All races will be available on the NBC Sports App.

2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule:

Date

Venue

Classes/Duration

TV

Jan. 4-6  

Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

3-day test

N/A
Jan. 24-27 Rolex 24 At Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

24 hours

NBCSN
March 13-16 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Sebring International Raceway
Sebring, Florida
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

12 hours

NBCSN/CNBC
April 12-13 BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix 
Long Beach, Calif.
DPi/LMP2/GTLM 

100 minutes

NBCSN
May 3-5 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBCSN
May 31-June 1 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Island Grand Prix
Detroit, Michigan*
DPi/LMP2 (GTD Sprint Cup)

100 minutes

NBCSN
June 28-30 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
Watkins Glen, New York
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

6 hours

NBCSN
July 5-7 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBC
July 19-20 Northeast Grand Prix
Lakeville, Connecticut
GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBCSN
Aug. 2-4 Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBCSN
Aug. 23-25 VIRginia International Raceway
Danville, Virginia
GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBCSN
Sept. 13-15 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, California
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

2 hours, 40 minutes

NBC
Oct. 10-12 Petit Le Mans
Brazelton, Georgia
DPi/LMP2/GTLM/GTD

10 hours

NBC/NBCSN

*Subject to final local government approval

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