IMSA have announced the latest COVID – travel restriction-related schedule reshuffle with confirmation that the initially proposed return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will now be postponed, the weekend’s events replaced in part by an extended stay for three IMSA Series at Watkins Glen.
The Glen will see a two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race and a one-hour, 45-minute IMSA Prototype Challenge even and a 2 hour 40 Minute IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship race take place on the Thursday and Friday (1 & 2 July) following the 6 Hours of the Glen meeting on the prior weekend.
IMSA’s three race ‘sleepover’ will be bolted onto the following weekend’s SCCA event allowing the 2021 calendar to retain the the initially planned number of rounds.
The headline WeatherTech 240 At The Glen event will take the green flag shortly after 6 pm ET on the Friday with both other races also happening on the Friday.
The two-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge race – scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2 – comes six days after four hours of racing at WGI the Saturday prior.
Whereas the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will retain their paddock locations for both Watkins Glen events, the IMSA Prototype Challenge moves in on the evening of Wednesday, June 30. All three series will practice and qualify on Thursday, July 1 and racing action kicks off with IMSA Prototype Challenge at 11:45 a.m. ET on Friday, July 2.
The two-hour, 40-minute race will feature all five WeatherTech Championship classes (DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM and GTD). The GTD race will count only toward the eight-race WeatherTech Sprint Cup point standings.
“We are grateful to Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup and his team for helping us arrive at a solution when it became apparent that we would be unable to make our planned trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this year,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Likewise, we are thankful that our partners at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)’s Glen Region are willing to share their previously scheduled event weekend at The Glen with us as well. We sorely missed the opportunity to race at Watkins Glen last year, but we’re delighted to bring those loyal fans two IMSA event schedules in little more than a week in 2021.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend also includes doubleheader races from Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Porsche Carrera Cup North America. In total, five of the seven IMSA-sanctioned series will be in action at Watkins Glen in the span of one week.
“We are always excited to add another event to The Glen’s calendar,” stated Michael Printup, President, Watkins Glen International. “We look forward to celebrating with fans and enjoying the incredible road course action of IMSA.”