While the race may still be more than 250 days away, a large number of teams have already committed to the inaugural Hankook 24 Hours of COTA, with Creventic confirming a provisional entry list of 53 cars.
ENTRY LIST: 24H COTA (Provisional)
The Nov. 10-12 event will mark the first 24-hour race held at the home of the U.S. Grand Prix, although the race will take part in two segments, due to local noise restrictions.
Part 1 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 11, with the final ten hours running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The event, which serves as a non-points round in the 24H Series, currently features nearly all European entries, except for Pirelli World Challenge stalwarts De La Torre Racing, which has entered its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
Other notable teams currently on the entry list include Black Falcon (Mercedes-AMG), Grasser Racing Team (Lamborghini) and Zakspeed (Mercedes-AMG), with 15 GT3-spec cars already registered.
Creventic is targeting a mix of U.S.-based and international entrants, with a separate entry fee for American teams that does not include overseas transport.
For European teams, the Dutch organization is offering a full transport package that could include a direct transfer to the 2018 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai as well.
“The planning is for the cargo to be loaded during the last week of September and for the return transport to be back by the middle of December,” Creventic’s logistics manager Daphne Gengler said.
“For teams also wanting to participate in the Hankook 24H Dubai in January, 2018, we recommend sea freight from COTA to Dubai. Another option is air freight to Dubai if teams prefer to return their car to Europe before heading out to Dubai. All these possibilities can be discussed.”