IMSA President Scott Atherton made his annual "State of the Sport" presentation at Road America during this weekend's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. The presentation included the release of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's schedule and the announcement of a additional class in the Continental SportsCar Challenge series.
On the WeatherTech front the 2018 schedule closely mimics the schedules of the past serveral years with the exception of the swap from Circuit of the Americas to Mid-Ohio for the early may date. This was announced last week so it came as no surprise but it is a welcome change as Mid-Ohio should produce better racing and a much larger crowd.
“The 2018 WeatherTech Championship schedule again showcases the stability of our platform, while at the same time reaffirming our commitment to the best road racing venues and events in North America. And this time offering a few surprises for our fans,” said Atherton. “Each race on our 2018 calendar has a rich history of sports car competition, which we expect to be at an all-time high next season across all three classes.
“The on-track product will include legendary manufacturers and competitors – some of which are returning to IMSA competition in 2018 after a short time away – and we’re confident it will capture the imagination of race fans everywhere.”
The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge sees the complete adoption of GT4 technical regulations for the headlining Grand Sport (GS) class and the introduction of the new TCR (Touring Car) class alongside the continuation of the Street Tuner (ST) class.
All three classes will compete in a 10-race Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge schedule that typically will provide the featured race on the day before each event weekend’s WeatherTech Championship event.
“The Continental Tire Challenge took an encouraging step forward in 2017 with the introduction of GT4 technical regulations for the GS class,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “In 2018, we will move to full GT4 specs for GS and will see the introduction of several impressive new race cars from fantastic manufacturers.
“At the same time, we will bring TCR competition to the Continental Tire Challenge and another outstanding mix of race cars and manufacturers that we expect will resonate with our race fans. And the ST class continues to provide outstanding competition via its established platform and battle-tested competitors.”
2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule
Date Event / Venue Classes
Jan. 5-7 Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona P/GTLM/GTD
Jan. 25-28 Rolex 24 At Daytona P/GTLM/GTD
March 14-17 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida P/GTLM/GTD
April 13-14 BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach P/GTLM
May 4-6 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course P/GTLM/GTD
June 1-2 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic P/GTD
June 28-July 1 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen P/GTLM/GTD
July 6-8 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix P/GTLM/GTD
July 20-21 Northeast Grand Prix GTLM/GTD
Aug. 3-5 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/GTLM/GTD
Aug. 17-19 Michelin GT Challenge GTLM/GTD
Sept. 7-9 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda P/GTLM/GTD
Oct. 10-13 Motul Petit Le Mans P/GTLM/GTD
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