Individual dates have come out along the way, but now the Pirelli World Challenge has officially confirmed its 2015 schedule in full (save for one to-be-determined TC/TCA/TCB race weekend).
PWC and IndyCar share the docket five times (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Barber, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma), and the championship branches out on its own for five standalone weekends.
The series reprises its standalone roles at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (May), Road America (June) and Miller Motorsports Park (August), the latter event moving from its September date this year. Meanwhile Circuit of the Americas (March) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (September) return to the schedule for the first time since 2013 and 2012, respectively, to book-end the season.
2015 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule
March 6-8 — Circuit of The Americas**
March 27-29 — St. Petersburg*
April 17-19 — Long Beach* (GT/GT-Cup Only)
April 24-26 — Barber Motorsports Park*
May 15-17 — Canadian Tire Motorsport Park**
June 26-28 — Road America**
July 31-Aug. 2 — Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course*
Aug. 21-23 — Miller Motorsports Park**
Aug. 28-30 — Sonoma Raceway*
Sept. 11-13 — Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca**
*Events with IndyCar
**Pirelli WC Headline Events (All standalone races will also feature TC/TCA/TCB rounds, with one further event still to-be-announced)
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He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
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