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2018 PWC Schedule Released

Eleven weekends on 2018 Pirelli World Challenge schedule…

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WC Vision has announced the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge schedule, featuring a relatively unchanged 11-weekend calendar, with two to-be-announced venues. 

The popular North American championship will return to the majority of the circuits from this year, including the shared weekends with IndyCar at St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Road America. 

Standalone events are again set to occur at Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of The Americas, which moves from Labor Day Weekend to a late March date.

Both Mid-Ohio and Sonoma Raceway are not currently on the schedule, although PWC has listed the TBAs for July and September, which have been the traditional dates for the those races.

“After the success of this year’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX and Sprint formats, several additional venues have inquired about hosting PWC races in 2018,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision.

“We are excited to be back at most of our traditional tracks and dates but I think you might also see some other venues added to the PWC schedule. We are still in negotiations with additional sites and I will have more information soon.

“As we enter our 29th PWC campaign, we want to thank many of North America’s most iconic and legendary road racing venues in bringing the best GT production-based racing to their racing facilities in 2018.

“We expect another outstanding season in 2018 for the fans, teams, drivers and sponsors.”

The complete class participation for each PWC weekend will be announced in the coming weeks.

GT single-driver sprint events will continue to run in conjunction on IndyCar weekends, with all races except Long Beach, set to be doubleheader weekends.

The five confirmed standalone races, meanwhile, will see all seven PWC classes in action.

The series will also return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October to close out the Touring Car season, supporting the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours, which will close out the 2018 season.

2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:
March 9-11 — St. Petersburg (w/IndyCar)
March 23-25 — Circuit of The Americas
April 13-15 — Long Beach (w/IndyCar)
April 27-29 — Virginia International Raceway
May 18-20 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
May 25-26 — Lime Rock Park
June 22-24 — Road America (w/IndyCar)
July — TBA
Aug. 10-12 — Utah Motorsports Campus
Sept. — TBA
Oct. 19-21 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (IGTC)

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Ryan

    September 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Haha maybe they can get on the and be live.
    I haven’t watched 1 race because it isn’t live and I don’t care that much about PWC

    • Matt

      September 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      They have many live races. This is a bad comment

      • Declan B

        September 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

        All their races are “live” on the internet. Not good enough. Fishing tournaments, monster truck races, girls college soccer, etc make it on live TV, but PWC cannot.

        • Psychlops924

          September 18, 2017 at 12:54 am

          There aren’t any “live” monster truck races on tv, for Monster Jam they are delayed at least a week. Also, those others you listed are available on tiny local networks. We’re talking about PWC being on CBSSN, which is a major cable sports network. This year they’ve broadcast 5 races (out of 10 weekends) either live or within 2 hours of the race.
          As for the “live on the internet” nonsense you’re spouting, the fact that they stream up to 6 races per weekend live for free means that it reaches way more people than if it were on a cable network. The number of people paying for cable is plummeting, and streaming is on a big upswing, so I’d say what they’re doing is the best for their situation and forward thinking.

          • Actually knows things, not spouts like a kid

            September 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

            Major?? Really stretching to call a network that is top or sports tier a major network. It is not even offered off satellite in most of the Atlanta metro, except for the very top full package.

            And you can’t argue that it is a major network, it’s not see above, and then claim it doesn’t matter anyway since streaming is growing. First, streaming is as a group. And of that a HUGE portion is not professional content so that can be dropped. Looking at the remaining, it is rarely sporting events that take finding. And events that often have interruptions because they can’t be bothered to maintain bandwidth.

    • Russ Adams

      September 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Ryan maybe you dont know how to use your computer Just a thought

      • Declan B

        September 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm

        Maybe he doesn’t want to watch on his computer, but on a TV?

        • Issac

          September 18, 2017 at 7:16 am

          Declan, the massive chip on your shoulder when it comes to PWC couldn’t be any more obvious. You constant attempts to troll it on the MWM collective has shown this, it’s time for you to become an adult and stop the trolling. If you don’t like the series which you’ve made painfully clear, pretend it doesn’t exist and do something more constructive with your life.

  2. Jack

    September 18, 2017 at 2:13 am

    TBA for the Mid Ohio date while leaving COTA on the schedule is a joke. Mid Ohio has been a staple of the series for its whole existence and one of the best attended weekends it has. It’d also benefit from adding the Watkins Glen Indycar weekend to the schedule for the September

    • Andrew

      September 18, 2017 at 7:30 am

      The TBA is because they can’t add a course that hasn’t signed a contract yet. COTA has, and likely needs to, as they are losing the WEC and apparently will need a rate cute or F1 will need an FOM subsidy to stay on the calendar. That leaves PWC and IMSA as your premier events, and apparently not even that much mid-week testing.

      Mid-Ohio is probably still lining things up and specifying contract terms before it can be announced ‘officially’ but the date is still open in the area of the ‘classic’ date.

      • Thomas

        September 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

        Except IMSA aren’t going back to cota

  3. Passenger

    September 18, 2017 at 4:03 am

    No more Sonoma ?

    • Rus'L

      September 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

      There is a September TBA event. It could be Sonoma but the contract hasn’t been signed yet. We’ll see.

      Selfishly, I’d like to see the September date running with Indy car switch to Watkins Glen.

  4. Me

    September 18, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I got my computer hooked to my 55 inch tv. Thats all i use.. why pay for cable when i get 10x more on my pc.. and all the live shit i want.. like PWC races.

  5. Mando

    September 18, 2017 at 10:41 am

    YAY!! Back to March at COTA!! It’s too darn hot in September!!
    Also thanks for returning, as no IMSA or WEC in 2018 there.

  6. Kyle

    September 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Wait, is St. Pete GT4-only? I read elsewhere that it was and don’t know who to believe. I’ll be peeved if it is.

    • Geoff

      September 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      I heard the same thing. You’d have to be as dense as Greg Gill to think GTS only at St Pete is a good idea… oh wait…

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