IMSA: WeatherTech named new entitlement sponsor; 2016 schedules revealed

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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

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”