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PWC Schedules Released; ‘Grand Finale’ Confirmed

PWC schedules released for GT, GTS, GT4 America West, GT4 America East…

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A reduced seven-round schedule has been revealed for GT Pirelli World Challenge along with confirmation of a to-be-announced ‘Grand Finale’.

SRO Motorsports Group, the new majority owner of the series, unveiled the 2019 calendars on Friday as part of its annual press conference at Spa-Francorchamps.

It comes after the series’ new format, including 90-minute GT races, was announced at Portland International Raceway earlier this month.

Sportscar365 understands the Grand Finale could be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the series currently in discussion with the venue for an October event, which would close out the GT, GTS and GT4 America West seasons.

As expected, the street race at St. Pete has been dropped from the GT season, with GTS Pirelli World Challenge instead taking center stage in support of the IndyCar Series.

Neither GT or GTS, meanwhile, will return to Long Beach, with Lime Rock Park and Utah Motorsports Campus also not on the schedules.

Circuit of The Americas will serve as the new season-opener for GT, followed by visits to Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen and Road America, all as standalone events.

GTS, meanwhile, will return to Portland, which will also be a round of GT4 West.

Both GT4 East and West will feature five-round schedules, with one event in California still to-be-confirmed.

2019 GT Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:
March TBA — Circuit of The Americas
April 27-28 — Virginia International Raceway
May 18-19 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 8-9 — Sonoma Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 — Watkins Glen International
Sept. 21-22 — Road America
Oct. 5-6 — Grand Finale

2019 GTS Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:
March 9-10 — St. Pete
April 27-28 — Virginia International Raceway
May 18-19 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 8-9 — Sonoma Raceway
July 13-14 — Portland International Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 — Watkins Glen International
Sept. 21-22 — Road America
Oct. 5-6 — Grand Finale

2019 GT4 America West Schedule:
April 6-7 — Palm Springs
May — California TBA
June 8-9 — Sonoma Raceway
July 13-14 — Portland International Raceway
Oct. 5-6 — Grand Finale

2019 GT4 America East Schedule:
March 9-10 — St. Pete
April 27-28 — Virginia International Raceway
May 18-19 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 — Watkins Glen International
Sept. 21-22 — Road America

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

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