Wednesday, December 19, 2018

IMSA Reveals Familiar 2019 WeatherTech Championship Schedule


The first day of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at Road America culminated in the sanctioning body’s annual “State of the Series” event, featuring the release of the 2019 schedule.

Building on the success of the current season’s lineup of venues, the 2019 season will feature the same 12 events at the same tracks with 10 races falling on the same weekend.

With the introduction of a four-class format, the DPi and LMP2 classes will compete in 10 of the 12 events while GT Le Mans and GT Daytona will each have 11-race seasons.

Eight race weekends will feature all four classes, including the four Michelin Endurance Cup events at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course plus Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will also see all classes in action albeit in a shorter two-hour, 40-minute format.

Similar to 2018, the two 100-minute street races will have three classes in attendance with DPi, LMP2 and GTLM on hand in Long Beach. For the Raceway at Belle Isle Park round, GTD teams that elect to participate in the new WeatherTech Sprint Cup season within the season will race alongside the duo of prototype classes.

Two GT-only races will also be back on the schedule with both GTLM and GTD running at Lime Rock Park and VIRginia International Raceway.

NBC Sports will be IMSA’s exclusive television partner in 2018 with races airing on a combination of NBC, NBCSN and CNBC. All races will also be available through the NBC Sports app.

As in previous years, the 2019 season will kick off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24, a three-day test at Daytona scheduled for Jan. 4–6.

2019 WeatherTech Championship Schedule

Jan. 4–6Daytona International SpeedwayDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD3-day testN/A
Jan. 24–27Daytona International SpeedwayDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD24 hoursNBCSN
March 13–16Sebring International RacewayDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD12 hoursNBCSN, CNBC
April 12–13Streets of Long BeachDPi, LMP2, GTLM100 minutesNBCSN
May 3–5Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBCSN
May 31 to June 1Raceway at Belle Isle ParkDPi, LMP2, GTD Sprint Cup100 minutesNBCSN
June 28–30Watkins Glen InternationalDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD6 hoursNBCSN
July 5–7Canadian Tire Motorsport ParkDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBC
July 19–20Lime Rock ParkGTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBCSN
Aug. 2–4Road AmericaDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBCSN
Aug. 23–25VIRginia International RacewayGTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBCSN
Sept. 13–15WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD2 hours, 40 minutesNBC
Oct. 11–13Road AtlantaDPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD10 hoursNBC, NBCSN

Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc, managing The Apex as executive editor, has frequented media centers at racetracks across North America since 2014. Hinc's multi-decade passion for technology has resulted in a broad skillset that keeps The Apex running fast and without error.


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