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WEC: COTA To Replace São Paulo In 2020
December 2, 2019
Series organizers said in a recent statement that a replacement venue for the fifth round of the 2019-2020 WEC season was found after the local Brazilian promoter “has been unable to meet its contractual obligations.”
WEC: COTA To Replace São Paulo In 2020

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will return to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, next February, to replace the 6 Hours of São Paulo as the fifth round of the 2019-2020 WEC season.

Series organizers said in a recent statement that the local Brazilian promoter “has been unable to meet its contractual obligations,” which brought the WEC organization to look for a replacement venue.

“The WEC wishes to make clear that it has not experienced any problems with the city of São Paulo or the Autodromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos). It is strictly a major issue with the local promoter,” the series statement said.

COTA will play host to the 30 prototypes and GT cars one month before they travel to Florida for the Super Sebring event organized by IMSA.

The date of the COTA race has been set for February 22-23, 2020, in order not to clash with the NFL Super Bowl 2020 which takes place on the first weekend of February, and to avoid a clash with the Formula E race on February 14-15.

“Firstly we must thank Bobby Epstein and the Circuit of The Americas for accommodating us at relatively short notice. It is an excellent venue, and our fans, competitors and media are now assured of excellent racing in North America not once, but twice in two months,” FIA WEC CEO Gérard Neveu said. “Of course, it is very unfortunate to find ourselves in this position. The WEC very much regrets this situation and feels very sad for the City of São Paulo and the many thousands of Brazilian motorsport fans. Our main concern was our competitors and partners, and we have worked very hard to find a solution [that] offered the least disruption possible.” 

More details on the race, which is still subject to approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit fiawec.com.

Photo courtesy of FIA WEC