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Five IMSA Races Among “10Best” in USA Today Poll

Five IMSA events make USA Today’s “10Best” Readers’ Choice for North American races…

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Five races from the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are part of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice for North America’s Best Motorsports Race.

The No. 1 selection was the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts which is annually the second stop on the IMSA WeatherTech Championship schedule in March.

IMSA’s yearly stop in Southern California – the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – was fourth on the list followed by the first race of the year – the Rolex 24 At Daytona – in fifth. The Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, which is the season finale, came in sixth. IMSA’s annual race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca placed 10th.

“This acknowledgement is the ultimate validation by our fans and a testament to the hard work we all put in to make sure the experience they have at our races is always special,” IMSA President Scott Atherton said. “It goes without saying this noteworthy achievement is one of the many highlights we can add to our 50th anniversary celebration.

“I want to congratulate the staffs at these events for being recognized by their fans as the best of the best.

“Having five races on this year’s list is evidence of IMSA’s growth not only in North America, but around the world, as the premier sports car racing series for fans and competitors.”

WeatherTech Championship races have been a staple among the 10Best in recent years. This list is the second consecutive year the WeatherTech Laguna Seca race has made an appearance as it was fifth in 2018.

Sebring was fourth in 2017 and sixth in 2015 while the Rolex 24 placed ninth in 2017.

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

All voting is digital, and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

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