It has been asked a thousand times since the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series merged, when is new and improved IMSA going to schedule a race at Mid-Ohio. That question was answered today as IMSA President Scott Atherton and Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust announced the return of IMSA racing to the 2.258-mile road course on the weekend of May 4-6, 2018 with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge headlining the race weekend.
“Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has a long and storied history of hosting world-class sports car races in front of a loyal and knowledgeable fanbase,” said Atherton. “We will build on that legacy next May with a field of Prototype and GT race cars that represent the pinnacle of the sport. Many of our stakeholders have long been supportive and quite vocal regarding a return to Mid-Ohio and we are pleased that we can finally say ‘We’re back."
There have been a total of 13 GRAND-AM races and 11 ALMS events at Mid-Ohio along with a number of IMSA run events during the Camel GT days.
“We are thrilled to announce that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be joining our schedule in 2018. It is a great way to kick off our season,” said Rust. “We have a tremendous following of sports car fans, and they ask us every year when we might be able to bring the IMSA series to Mid-Ohio. We are very proud that we were able to work with Scott Atherton and his team to get this done for them, for us – and most importantly for our fans.”
To the surprise of few, it also was confirmed that IMSA will not be returning to Circuit of The Americas in 2018. Entire 2018 schedules for the WeatherTech Championship and Continental Tire Challenge will be announced next Friday, Aug. 4 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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