Featuring the same 12 events that have comprised the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule since 2018 and minimal date changes, the 2020 calendar for the premier North American sports car racing series is a direct reflection of the year that preceded it.
Despite looking much the same, a key year-over-year difference will be NBC network coverage of the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, set for Jan. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. The race joins the penultimate round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in receiving network attention from series media partner NBC Sports. All 2020 events have one or more NBC Sports networks attached to them; some races will air live while others will be on a same-day delay. Regardless of network coverage, all events will be available live through NBCSports.com streaming.
Like this year, the four Michelin Endurance Cup races at Daytona, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta will feature all four classes. In a twist for 2020, LMP2 cars will be invited to participate at Daytona for endurance honors but the event will not count toward the class’ season-long championship as it does for the other three classes. The secondary prototype division will again skip the Long Beach and Detroit street contests and will not be present at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, turning that north-of-the-border event into a three-class affair.
The remaining races retain an identical class structure to 2019 with all four classes competing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Laguna Seca. The street circuits will continue to feature DPis and GT cars with GT Le Mans to hit the streets of Long Beach and GT Daytona at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Like 2019, the Detroit event will only count for the WeatherTech Sprint Cup and not the WeatherTech Championship.
As in previous years, the Roar Before the Rolex 24 will serve as the only officially sanctioned preseason testing opportunity for teams. The three-day test will jumpstart the season Jan. 3–5 at Daytona.
2019 WeatherTech Championship Schedule
|Jan. 3–5||Daytona International Speedway||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||3-day test||N/A|
|Jan. 23–26||Daytona International Speedway||DPi, LMP2*, GTLM, GTD||24 hours||NBC, NBCSN|
|March 18–21||Sebring International Raceway||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||12 hours||NBCSN, CNBC|
|April 17–18||Streets of Long Beach||DPi, GTLM||100 minutes||NBCSN|
|May 1–3||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||NBCSN|
|May 29–30||Raceway at Belle Isle Park||DPi, GTD Sprint Cup||100 minutes||NBCSN|
|June 25–28||Watkins Glen International||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||6 hours||NBCSN|
|July 3–5||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park||DPi, GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||NBCSN|
|July 17–18||Lime Rock Park||GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||NBCSN|
|July 31 to Aug. 2||Road America||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||CNBC|
|Aug. 21–23||Virginia International Raceway||GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||NBCSN|
|Sept. 11–13||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||2 hours, 40 minutes||NBC|
|Oct. 7–10||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta||DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD||10 hours||NBC, NBCSN|