The calendar for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has been announced, and it sees a return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time since the merger of the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series at the end of 2013.
All three classes – Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona – will race at the circuit on Sunday 6 May for 160-minutes, although the race around the Circuit of the Americas has been discontinued for 2018.
The season starts in earnest with the traditional trip to the Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January, with the Roar before the 24, mandatory to all teams and drivers who wish to compete in the 24 hour race taking place on the first weekend of the same month.
The championship remains in Florida for another of the legendary events on the schedule, with the Twelve Hours of Sebring taking place in mid-March, with two opening races being dubbed the ’36 Hours of Florida.’
The Prototype and GT Le Mans classes hit the streets of Long Beach in April before everyone races at Mid-Ohio, while the Prototype and GT Daytona classes will race around the streets of Belle Isle at the beginning of June.
The Six Hours of the Glen, at the Watkins Glen International, and the Mobil1 SportsCar Grand Prix, at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park take place in the first two weekends of July, before the two GT classes head to Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix on 20-21 July.
Road America will host the ninth round of the season on the first weekend of August, again for all three classes, before the GT classes again head off on their own, racing this time at the Virginia International Raceway on 17-19 August.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will play host to the penultimate round of the season on 7-9 September, before the season concludes with its now familiar closing event, Petit Le Mans, at Road Atlanta on 10-13 October.
“The 2018 WeatherTech Championship schedule again showcases the stability of our platform, while at the same time reaffirming our commitment to the best road racing venues and events in North America,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton.
“And this time offering a few surprises for our fans. Each race on our 2018 calendar has a rich history of sports car competition, which we expect to be at an all-time high next season across all three classes.
“The on-track product will include legendary manufacturers and competitors – some of which are returning to IMSA competition in 2018 after a short time away – and we’re confident it will capture the imagination of race fans everywhere.”
2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule
|5-7 January||Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona||Daytona International Speedway||ALL|
|25-28 January||Rolex 24 At Daytona||Daytona International Speedway||ALL|
|14-17 March||Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida||Sebring International Raceway||ALL|
|13-14 April||Bubba Burger SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach||Long Beach Street Circuit||P/GTLM|
|4-6 May||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||ALL|
|1-2 June||Chevrolet Sports Car Classic||The Raceway on Belle Isle||P/GTD|
|28 June-1 July||Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen||Watkins Glen International||ALL|
|6-8 July||Mobil1 SportsCar Grand Prix||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park||ALL|
|20-21 July||Northeast Grand Prix||Lime Rock Park||GTLM/GTD|
|3-5 August||Continental Tire Road Race Showcase||Road America||ALL|
|17-19 August||Michelin GT Challenge||Virginia International Raceway||GTLM/GTD|
|7-9 September||Continental Tire Monteray Grand Prix powered by Mazda||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca||ALL|
|10-13 October||Motul Petit Le Mans||Road Atlanta||ALL|