With an expected increase in IMSA staff participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Detroit’s disappearance from the WeatherTech Championship schedule is not surprising, given the close proximity between the race dates.
However, IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge will be on the support race schedule for the Motown NTT IndyCar Series history, as it moves from Belle Isle to a new downtown track.
The loss of the Mid-Ohio SportsCar course from the nation’s premier sports car series is an even bigger shock. His place in the table arrangement is taken by Laguna Seca.
Six of the 11 IMSA events will include all five categories – GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro and GTD – and once again the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup will include all categories for the four traditional endurance events: Rolex 24 at Daytona (January 26-29), Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts (March 15-18), Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 22-25) and Motul Petit Le Mans 10-hour tour at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (October 11-14).
Five-grade races will also be held at Rhode America (August 4-6) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (September 15-17).
The new GTP class will include a total of nine events in 2023, while the GTD Pro and GTD classes will compete in all 11 races of the WeatherTech Championship, including GT-only events at Lime Rock Park (July 21-22) and the VIRginia International Raceway (25-22). 27 August). However, the Sprint Cup for GTD has been discontinued.
The LMP2 class will also compete in WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the LMP3 will return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park but the Rolex 24 will not count toward the full season WeatherTech Championship points for either the LMP2 or LMP3 classes.
In addition to the racing events, the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona returns this weekend from January 20-22. In preparation for the 2023 season, IMSA-certified testing of GTP vehicles will take place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on October 3-5 and at Daytona International Speedway on December 6-7.
Certified testing of all WeatherTech Championship competitors is scheduled to take place at Sebring International in February 2023.
2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule:
|From 20 to 22 January||“Roar before the 24th” Daytona test||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|January 26-29||Rolex 24 in Daytona||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|March 15-18||Twelve Hours of Sebring||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|14-15 April||long beach||GTB, GTD Pro, GTD|
|12-14 May||Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca||GTP, LMP2, GTD Pro, GTD|
|June 22-25||Watkins Glen International||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|7-9 July||Canadian Motorsport Tire Park||GTP, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|From 21 to 22 July||Lime Rock Park||GTD Pro, GTD|
|4-6 August||America Road||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|August 25-27||Virginia International Raceway||GTD Pro, GTD|
|September 15-17||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|
|October 11-14||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (Little Le Mans)||GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD Pro, GTD|