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IGTC Adds Indianapolis 8H to Replace Laguna Seca

Indianapolis road course to host North American IGTC round next year…

Photo: John Dagys

The North American round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli will move to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year, replacing the California 8 Hours.

An eight-hour race on the Indianapolis road course will be held on Oct. 3-4 as the fourth and penultimate round of the globe-trotting championship.

It marks the first major sports car race at the track since the last time the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visited in 2014 (pictured above).

It comes after three editions of the California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with limited success.

SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel revealed that part of the decision to head to Indianapolis was to host its North American race at a track not used by the WeatherTech Championship.

Dates for the remaining four IGTC rounds are similar to this year, with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour set to remain as the season opener on Feb. 1-2 ahead of an almost six-month gap before the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

The third running of the Suzuka 10 Hours is scheduled for Aug. 22-23, with Kyalami’s second revived 9 Hour race to close the season on Nov. 21-22.

2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge Schedule:

Feb. 1-2 — Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
July 23-26 – Total 24 Hours of SPa
Aug. 22-23 – Suzuka 10 Hours
Oct. 3-4 – Indianapolis 8 Hours
Nov. 21-22 – Kyalami 9 Hours

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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