A round at Circuit of The Americas has replaced Porsche Carrera Cup North America’s originally scheduled trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in a calendar shuffle confirmed by Porsche.
The originally scheduled May 21-23 date at CTMP has been canceled due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19 and has been moved to the SRO America weekend in Austin on April 30 – May 2.
Two 45-minute races will be held on May 2 for Rounds 3 and 4 of the inaugural season.
Porsche Motorsport North America President and CEO Dr. Daniel Armbruster, series manager Brian Blocker and IMSA officials “worked closely” with SRO America management and COTA track representatives to move to the popular Texas facility.
Carrera Cup North America competitors will be joined on the weekend by the new-for-2021 Porsche Sprint Challenge North America as well as SRO America’s full slate of series, headlined by Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS.
“We are in challenging times, and the safety and well-being of our customers, the teams as well as racing fans is our highest priority,” said Blocker.
“Like everyone, we have done our best to adapt as changes have arisen.
“We were very much looking forward to racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May, but unfortunately won’t be able to do so as planned. However, working with our partners and stakeholders, we have found a great solution by joining the SRO and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America at COTA.
“While we certainly didn’t want to have to make these changes, we could not have asked for a better alternative than to be racing in Austin.”
Blocker said its other Canadian event, on the streets of Toronto in July, is currently still scheduled.
“Canada remains a key part of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America vision,” he said.
“We are monitoring events in Toronto closely right now with every intention of racing there with IndyCar. We are committed to this being a true North American championship.”
The dates for both the rounds at Virginia International Raceway and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta were previously changed due to adjustments in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule.
2021 Porsche Carrera Cup North America Schedule (Revised):
March 17-20 — Sebring International Raceway
April 29-May 2 — Circuit of The Americas
June 24-27 — Watkins Glen International
July 8-11 — Toronto Indy
Aug. 6-8 — Road America
September — TBA
Oct. 6-9 — Virginia International Raceway
Nov. 11-12 — Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta