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IMSA Unveils 2020 Schedules, Future Plans
August 5, 2019
Next year’s calendars for IMSA WeatherTech Championship, IMSA Pilot Challenge and the five additional series that IMSA sanctions were confirmed during the annual “State of the Series” presentation at Road America led by IMSA President Scott Atherton.
IMSA Unveils 2020 Schedules, Future Plans

In addition to 2020 schedule announcements for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship and IMSA Pilot Challenge, next year’s calendars for the five additional series that IMSA sanctions also were confirmed during the annual “State of the Series” presentation at Road America led by IMSA President Scott Atherton.

The announcement of the flagship WeatherTech Championship schedule again featured events at the same 12 venues that have hosted the series since the 2018 season. The season will open with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of Jan. 23-26 and will close with Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 7-10.

A significant piece of news that was revealed as part of the WeatherTech Championship schedule announcement is the fact that NBC network television coverage will “bookend” the season, with Rolex 24 At Daytona coverage and planned telecasts for the penultimate round of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 13 and Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 10.

Four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup rounds and the seven-race WeatherTech Sprint Cup for the GT Daytona (GTD) class also were confirmed to feature the events as 2019. The LMP2 class will shift to a six-race schedule for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship season. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be a standalone “marquee” event and will not count toward WeatherTech Championship points, but it will count toward the class’ four-race Michelin Endurance Cup season.

Other enhancements for both LMP2 and GTD coming in 2020 include the extension of dedicated practice time at each event for Bronze- or Silver-rated drivers to 30 minutes.

The 10-race Michelin Pilot Challenge series season returns the series to the same venues as 2019, all running as a companion to WeatherTech Championship events.

Schedules for the IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Ferrari Challenge were also revealed for the first time during the IMSA presentation, in large part due to the stability of IMSA’s platforms, according to an official release.

Updates also were provided to the audience of stakeholders and media on the timeline for the evolution of the DPi platform coming in 2022, including the planned release of technical regulations in the first quarter of 2020.

Additional information was presented on the IMSA Green initiatives and the ongoing IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration, as well as a “teaser” for the “Art of Racing in the Rain” film that features IMSA racing and hits theaters on Aug. 9.

For more information, including the 2020 schedules for the IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Ferrari Challenge, visit here.