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