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2019 IWSC Schedule Released

Largely unchanged 2019 calendar announced for WeatherTech SportsCar Championship…

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IMSA has released the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule, featuring a largely unchanged calendar of 12 events with several minor date changes.

Announced during IMSA President Scott Atherton’s ‘State of the Series’ address Friday evening at Road America, the season will again feature ten races for prototypes, which have been split into DPi and LMP2 classes, 11 rounds for GT Le Mans and a reduced ten-round season in GT Daytona.

GTD, however, will be bolstered with the launch of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup, a new seven-round championship that incorporates the to-be-confirmed event at Belle Isle, which has been dropped from the overall GTD calendar.

Eight of the 12 events will include all four classes, including the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

The races at Virginia International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, meanwhile, have both been moved back by one week, in the only date changes.

Belle Isle, which is listed on the calendar for May 31-June 1, remains to-be-confirmed pending local government approval.

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

“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.

“We have often said that one of the most valuable elements of the merger is the event schedule that resulted – and our 2019 schedule is another reflection of that.”

2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule:
Jan. 4-6 — Roar Before Rolex 24
Jan. 24-27 — Rolex 24 at Daytona
March 13-16 — Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
April 12-13 — Long Beach (no GTD)
May 3-5 — Mid-Ohio
May 31-June 1 — Belle Isle (no GTLM; GTD Sprint Cup only)*
June 28-30 — Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
July 5-7 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 19-20 — Lime Rock Park (GTLM/GTD only)
Aug. 2-4 — Road America
Aug. 23-25 — Virginia International Raceway (GTLM/GTD only)
Sept. 13-15 — WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct. 10-12 — Motul Petit Le Mans

*Subject to final local government approval

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Kurt

    August 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Solid schedule again is great for teams and fans. Really stunned by the class split. So with JDC talking to GM about moving to DPi, it leaves Core vs PR1 in a 2 car 2nd tier class? What’s the point? Core is competing (and winning) overall races now, so with the DPi’s unleashed they will likely be at the back but spending the same budget.

  2. The Esses

    August 3, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    damn i was hoping for Kyalami

  3. jason

    August 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    The best news is that the 2 all GT races are in tact. Don’t mess with those. I did not expect the GTD thing to go down like it did. Lets see if this sprint cup thing gets teams to bite. We won’t know that for a long time because the first race is Mid Ohio in May. You got 9 months still to work out a program for that.

  4. jason

    August 3, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Biggest surprise is that LMP2 is running with DPI in every event despite the classes being split. I would think that to save costs that they might run 8 races like LMPC. Does LMP2 really need to be at Long Beach or Laguna Seca or CTMP

    • Andy

      August 3, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      The teams racing for Trueman award for the LM guarantee slot want the racing. They race as a business and selling Laguna and CTMP on the schedule is a plus and test for the drivers. Long Beach maybe not so much but guessing good sell to the accountants

  5. Dave

    August 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Nix Belle Isle and do the Indy road course. Or move Mid Ohio to June and stay out west after Long Beach to do Sonoma. My 2 cents.

  6. Glenn Smith

    August 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Major, major mess up on the schedule. PLM goes up against the biggest amateur race of the year, the SCCA Runoffs, which are being held at VIR and is expecting to draw anywhere between 800-1000 cars over all the invited classes. This is going to be a crunch for some crews and especially the F&C workers as SCCA helps supplies workers for both races.

    • Rus'L

      August 3, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      And a track worker will pick the Runoffs over any other event any day of the week.

      Shocking IMSA kept this date conflict.

      • Glenn Smith

        August 4, 2018 at 9:34 am

        I agree. This year with the Runoffs being on the west coast its not an issue but for 2019 it is since both tracks are so close. I know of one F&C worker who lives less than an hour from Road Atlanta has already stated he’s working the Runoffs. The biggest plus side is at the Runoff F&C workers can actually do their job.

  7. Bob

    August 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Where’s COTA?

    • Louis

      August 4, 2018 at 12:02 am

      The same place it is this year.

      Series losea money going there because they cant get the crowds. Not that im surprised, cota treats fans like garbage. No coolers and only drink allowed in is water and its only what you can carry in. And thats just one of the many things wrong (based on 2014 event)

  8. seniorbruno

    August 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Would be nice to see P cars at VIR again.

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