The 2020 Prototype Challenge schedule was rolled out as part of IMSA’s “State of the Series” announcements yesterday. The addition of Road America is the only change to any of the calendars of IMSA’s top three series. The Weathertech SportsCar Championship and the Michelin Pilot Challenge schedules remain almost identical for 2020.
“With outstanding race teams and sleek LMP3 race cars, the IMSA Prototype Challenge is a fantastic companion event on our WeatherTech Championship weekends,” said IMSA Vice President of Marketing, David Pettit.
“While most of the 2020 schedule brings the series back to racetracks where it has traditionally competed over the past few years, we know the addition of Road America will be popular with IMSA Prototype Challenge competitors. These cars, teams and drivers will put on a great show here, as they do everywhere they race.” Pettit added.
The opening round of the season at Daytona, that runs alongside the Roar Before the 24 Test session, on January 3-5 is one of two three-hour races. The other three-hour contest is set for Canadian Tyre Motorsports Park, where it was this season. All other races on the calendar, including Road America, are set to run for one hour and forty-five minutes.
IMSA also announced the elimination of minimum pit stop times from the series. Restrictions on pit equipment and the number of mechanics allowed to work on the car were retained, however.
Currently, the European LMP3 market is preparing to absorb the next-generation of LMP3 cars, IMSA however, does not plan to adopt the new LMP3 machinery right away. The new LMP3 Gen II cars from Ligier, Adess, Ginetta, and Norma are expected to be adopted by IMSA for 2021. This gives teams more time with their current cars, as well as time to prepare for the financial burden that comes with purchasing a new chassis.