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No IMSA, PWC conflicts foreseen for 2017 season

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If you’re a fan of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, or both – or have key business interests in being part of one or both – today is your lucky day.

Because the 2017 calendars and stars are aligned that there will not be any conflicts between the two championships, one which focuses primarily on endurance races (IMSA) and another that is a sprint-focused series (PWC).

The IMSA calendar release today confirmed that there’s no dates that will conflict with PWC’s 2017 provisional calendar. Long Beach, as in 2016, will be the only site where both series race.

The only possible question marks are PWC’s outstanding TBA dates, which are set at Utah Motorsports Complex in August and an event to be determined in September.

PWC already worked to avoid a Utah/VIR conflict this year and with two weeks in-between IMSA’s Road America (Aug. 6) and VIR (Aug. 27) dates, it’s believed a similar conflict could be avoided next year for a Utah PWC weekend in 2017.

September’s TBA date features the possibility that PWC will resume at Sonoma, and that Sonoma date (Sept. 15-17) does not clash with the IMSA weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca a week later.

And if you think about it, that gives teams or drivers a chance to stay in Northern California for two weeks if they so desire or the budget allows.

“It’s by design and there is a dialogue that is active between Greg Gill and myself,” IMSA President Scott Atherton told NBC Sports.

“You could argue that we’re competitors but I don’t look at it that way. It makes much more sense for us to work together especially when it comes to organizing calendars. If you had the option to not conflict, why wouldn’t you?

“There are teams, there’s manufacturers, there’s drivers that want the option to go both. I think at least for ’17 we’re in a good position that way.”

Added Gill, WC Vision President/CEO, “In terms of communicating, it’s my biggest goal. It’s good for us and it’s good for our customers.”

Here’s the WeatherTech Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series calendars:

2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Schedule
Date Event (Duration) / Venue Classes / Duration
Jan. 26-29 Rolex 24 At Daytona P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida 24 Hours
March 15-18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida 12 Hours
April 7-8 BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach P/GTLM/GTD
Long Beach, California 100 Minutes
May 5-7 Circuit of The Americas P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Austin, Texas 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
June 2-3 Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix P/PC/GTD
Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Michigan 100 Minutes
June 30-July 2 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York 6 Hours
July 7-9 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
July 21-22 IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix GTLM/GTD
Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Connecticut 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Aug. 4-6 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Aug. 25-27 Michelin GT Challenge GTLM/GTD
VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, Virginia 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Sept. 22-24 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda P/GTLM/GTD
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Oct. 5-7 Petit Le Mans P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia 10 Hours
IMSA WeatherTech Championship Sanctioned Test Sessions
Date Venue Classes
Nov. 15-16, 2016 Daytona International Speedway P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Daytona Beach, Florida
Dec. 13-14, 2016 Daytona International Speedway P/GTLM/GTD
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jan. 6-8, 2017 Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Daytona Beach, Florida
Feb. 23-24, 2017 Sebring International Raceway P/PC/GTLM/GTD
Sebring, Florida

2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Schedule
Date Venue / Location Duration
Jan. 27 Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida 4 Hours
March 17 Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida 2 Hours
May 6 Circuit of The Americas – Austin, Texas 2 Hours
July 1 Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York 2 Hours
July 8 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 2 Hours
July 22 Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Connecticut 2 Hours
Aug. 4-6 Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin 2 Hours
Aug. 26 VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, Virginia 2 Hours
Sept. 23 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California 4 Hours*
Oct. 6 Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia 2 Hours
* – Subject to final confirmation

2017 Provisional Pirelli World Challenge Schedule
Date Track

March 10-12 Streets of St. Petersburg
April 7-9 Streets of Long Beach
April 28-30 Virginia International Raceway
May 19-21 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
May 26-27 Lime Rock Park
June 23-25 Road America
July 28-30 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
August TBA
Sept. 1-3 Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
September TBA
Oct. 13-15 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge –
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Combined IMSA/PWC dates

Date Event (Duration) / Venue Classes / Duration (Series)
Jan. 26-29 Daytona P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
March 10-12 Streets of St. Petersburg (PWC)
March 15-18 Sebring P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
April 7-8 Long Beach P/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
April 7-9 Streets of Long Beach (PWC)
April 28-30 Virginia International Raceway (PWC)
May 5-7 Circuit of The Americas P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
May 19-21 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (PWC)
May 26-27 Lime Rock Park (PWC)
June 2-3 Detroit P/PC/GTD (IMSA)
June 23-25 Road America (PWC)
June 30-July 2 Watkins Glen P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
July 7-9 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
July 21-22 Lime Rock GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
July 28-30 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (PWC)
Aug. 4-6 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
August TBA (PWC)
Aug. 25-27 Virginia International Raceway GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
Sept. 1-3 Circuit of the Americas (COTA) (PWC)
September TBA (PWC)
Sept. 22-24 Monterey P/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
Oct. 5-7 Petit Le Mans P/PC/GTLM/GTD (IMSA)
Oct. 13-15 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge –
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (PWC)

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.”