The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship shedule has been released, featuring the same 12 events as 2018, four of which are Michelin Endurance Cup rounds (formerly TPNAEC) at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.
“As we head to the conclusion of the 2018 season, our promoter partners have enjoyed record, or near-record attendance for WeatherTech Championship events, and our 2019 schedule will enable those same promoters to build on that momentum,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton.
“IMSA has been fortunate for the past several years to have a schedule that includes the very best road courses and road racing events in North America, and we are thrilled to confirm our return to these same venues in 2019. We have often said that one of the most valuable elements of the merger is the event schedule that resulted – and our 2019 schedule is another reflection of that.”
The newly-split DPi and LMP2 classes will compete in 10 of the 12 races, while the GTLM class will have an 11-race season. In a new development for 2019, the GTD class will be able to take part in 10 events that count toward the WeatherTech Championship, with a new seven-race IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup also announced for GTD. Eight of the 12 rounds include all four classes.
For the third consecutive year, there also will be a pair of GT-only races in 2019, both two hours and 40 minutes in length. The GTLM and GTD machines set to do battle at Lime Rock Park and at VIRginia International Raceway.
Ten of the 12 events will be on the same weekend as they were in 2018. The races at VIRginia International Raceway and Laguna Seca each will run one weekend later in 2019.
And the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona test will again act as the curtain raiser for the WeatherTech Championship competitors on Jan. 4-6. It will be the year’s only IMSA-sanctioned test.
January 4-6: Roar Before Rolex 24
January 24-27: Rolex 24 at Daytona
March 13-16: 12 Hours of Sebring
April 12-13: Long Beach (Prototype and GTLM)
May 3-5: Mid-Ohio
May 31-June 1: Belle Isle (DPi, LMP2 & GTD)
June 28-30: Six Hours of Watkins Glen
July 5-7: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 19-20: Lime Rock Park (GT only)
August 2-4: Road America
August 23-25: VIRginia International Raceway (GT only)
September 13-15: Laguna Seca
October 10-12: Petit Le Mans