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Preliminary 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule Released

Provisional 2015 Pirelli World Challenge schedule released…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The Pirelli World Challenge will kick off its 2015 season with a new standalone event at Circuit of The Americas next March, while crowning its end-of-year champions on the Monterey Peninsula at historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September.

On Saturday evening, series officials took the wraps off its preliminary 2015 schedule, which features eight confirmed rounds and the potential of up to two additional events being added to the calendar in the coming weeks.

The championship will bookend with new standalone events, which will feature all six of its classes, headlined by separate GT and GTS races. The new-for-2015 Porsche GT Cup class, meanwhile, will run alongside the GT and GT-A class cars at all races next year.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve looked at having one or two standalone events and now we’re looking at having up to four in 2015,” World Challenge President and CEO Scott Bove told Sportscar365.

“We see standalone events as being important. We also see being partnered with IndyCar as being important. Blending those two elements is critical for our future.”

Circuit of The Americas will host the season-opener on March 6-8, followed by a stretch of shared events with IndyCar at St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park. The Long Beach round will return to being GT-only, but with the addition of the new GT Cup class in the same race.

Plans are being finalized for a new event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which could be run on Victoria Day weekend as a standalone round, or potentially a different date should IndyCar’s rumored trip to the circuit formerly known as Mosport materialize.

World Challenge will return to Mid-Ohio and Sonoma Raceway, once again with IndyCar, with the season finale having been moved from Miller Motorsports Park to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca but retaining the same mid-September date.

Other existing events currently not confirmed include Detroit’s Belle Isle and Road America. However, it’s understood the series is currently in negotiations with both circuits, along with a number of other venues for additional races in June and July, including one potential high-profile event.

Bove said they do not plan to have more than 10 total events per class, with each round being double-headers with the exception of Long Beach.

“We’re really pleased with the schedule, especially with the fact that we’ve had more opportunities and more invites to be at tracks than we have room on the schedule to accommodate,” Bove said.

“We’ve come a long way from the days of hoping to just get to any events. Now we’re being invited to go to some of the best circuits in North America.”

2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT/GT Cup/GTS Schedule (Preliminary)

March 6-8 — Circuit of The Americas
March 27-29 — St. Petersburg
April 17-19 — Long Beach (GT/GT Cup Only)
April 24-26 — Barber Motorsports Park
May — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (TBC)
June/July — Event(s) TBD
July 31-Aug. 2 — Mid-Ohio
Aug. 21-23 — Sonoma Raceway
Sept. 11-13 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Jason

    September 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Road Atlanta.

    • Christian

      September 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      I second that.

    • scottypinthemix

      September 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      i 3rd that…

    • John

      September 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      I 4th that!!

  2. Christian

    September 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Although RA now belongs to NASCAR so I doubt it will happen.

    • Max

      September 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Why? is NASCAR allergic to collecting a track rental fee? That’s news to me. Last I checked they keep purchasing tracks so they can make money off of every series. Oh well, keep imagining that NASCAR is the boogie man.

      • Fred Stimford

        September 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

        NASCAR hasn’t helped Mid-Ohio much….

  3. Lynn Weston

    September 14, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I am sad that the 2015 PWC will not be returning to MMP. Today’s event was truly exciting.

  4. wewillsee

    September 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

    How about VIR? Virginia International Raceway!

  5. JK

    September 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Road Atlanta is the obvious choice but Nascar doesn’t care about road race fans…the DP’s are proof enough. As for StP and LB, racing on street circuits is awful. Btw, PWC needs to change the yellow flag rule. Laps under yellow not counted as race laps. In a 50 min race, 1/3 of race could be run under caution.

    • joshvc

      September 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

      That would be nice, but schedules are time-certain. Hopefully breaking GTS out into its own races will mean fewer yellows for the GT class.

  6. NaBUru38

    September 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Nascar Xfinity runs at Road America on June 23. Detroit is on May 31.

    • Nate

      September 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Actually Nascar whatever it is called series will run August 29 at Road America in 2015, leaving SCCA club racing June Sprints the only major event in June at the track.

  7. Matt

    September 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Drop COTA the most unappealing track on the calendar and go back to Road America, Lime Rock, and Watkins Glen. Adding Road Atlanta would be nice but I love the fact that they will run both Sonoma and Laguna Seca.

  8. Jason

    September 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I’m thinking this “one potential high-profile event” will be a 2 hour race at Road America!

  9. av

    September 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I would like to see them at sebring. Any time of the year.

  10. Tim

    September 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    No Road America? I just started really getting in to this series this year and now it’s not coming back to my home track? Lame.

    • Tim

      September 15, 2014 at 12:30 am

      Actually read it all. Lol I really hope that road America is one of the tba’s

  11. AC

    September 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Come back to Lime Rock, forget the street circuits!

    • ed sprague

      October 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      We need a race in the North East. Lime Rock.

  12. BE

    October 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I’ll be pretty disappointed if they don’t make it back to Belle Isle next year — especially if the ATS GT3 is launched.

    I’m happy to see GT going to Mosport, though! I went there last year to watch the TC rounds and had a great time.

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