IMSA: WeatherTech named new entitlement sponsor; 2016 schedules revealed


ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – WeatherTech has been announced as new entitlement partner of what had been the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and will be renamed the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as of November 1, 2015.

The new title sponsor was the biggest piece of news to emerge from IMSA’s State of the Series announcement on Saturday night at the Osthoff Resort, which also featured the schedules being released for both IMSA’s SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

There are no major changes to the schedules, but PC (Long Beach), GTLM (Lime Rock), GTD (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) gain a race apiece to make 11 races. Prototype has just a 10-race schedule.

The calendars are below:

2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule
Date           Venue/Location (Classes Participating)
Jan. 30-31     (All)/Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida
March 19       (All)/Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida
April 16       (P, PC, GTLM)/Long Beach Street Circuit - Long Beach, California
May 1          (All)/Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California
June 4         (P, PC, GTD)/Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Michigan
July 3         (All)/Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York
July 10        (All)/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
July 23        (PC, GTLM, GTD)/Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Connecticut
Aug. 7         (All)/Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Aug. 21        (GTLM, GTD)/VIRginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia
Sept. 17       (All)/Circuit of The Americas – Austin, Texas
Oct. 1         (All)/Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia
2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Schedule
Date           Event/Venue/Location
Jan. 29        Daytona International Speedway/Daytona Beach, Florida
March 18       Sebring International Raceway/Sebring, Florida
April 30       Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca/Monterey, California
July 2         Watkins Glen International/Watkins Glen, New York
July 9         Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
July 22-23     Lime Rock Park/Lakeville, Connecticut
Aug. 6         Road America/Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Aug. 20        VIRginia International Raceway/Alton, Virginia
Sept. 16       Circuit of The Americas/Austin, Texas
Sept. 30       Road Atlanta/Braselton, Georgia