IMSA race series


The hunt for titles in the US continues.

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen or Road America - the season in the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship includes some of the most significant circuits in international motor racing. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) created the renowned series in 2013 from the amalgamation of the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Grand-Am Series. Since 2016, it has been running its race events under the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSC) banner. Next to prototypes (DPi and LMP2 categories) and GTLM cars, various brands are also competing for valuable points in the GTD championship with GT3 machinery.

For Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, the internationally highly acclaimed and hard-fought series has been nothing but a success story. Already in 2017, the debut year of the Mercedes-GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports managed to secure the GTD double of the drivers’ and teams’ championship titles in the Michelin Endurance Cup (formerly Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup). Moreover, the manufacturers’ title in this category also went to Affalterbach. The Michelin Endurance Cup is the series’ internal endurance classification that includes the results from the classic endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. The victories in this championship could be repeated in the two following years 2018 and 2019, enabling the team led by manager Bill Riley to start the season again as the defending champion and meanwhile three-time endurance title winner. Therefore, the goal for 2020 is clear: the fourth consecutive triple title win. 

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Next to the WTSC, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (MPC) is also part of the promoter’s portfolio and has its races on the same weekends. In 2018, one year after the Mercedes-AMG GT3 made its IMSA competition debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT4 first raced in the GT4 series and since has had considerable success.

One of the highlights of the GT4 programme in the US so far was the teams’ and drivers’ championship title win by Team TGM, Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler (both USA) in the debut year 2018. In 2019, Mercedes-AMG won the manufacturers’ title in the GS class by virtue of a consistent performance by all Customer Racing Teams.

2020 IMSA season opener

Traditionally, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets underway with the Rolex 24 At Daytona (22 - 26 January, 2020). For Riley Motorsports and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, that is also where the mission title defence starts. In 2019, the triple of drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ title in the GTD class of the Michelin Endurance Cup was achieved with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the third consecutive year. With the quartet of Lawson Aschenbach (USA), Felipe Fraga (BRA), Ben Keating (USA) and Gar Robinson (USA) behind the wheel of the #74 Mercedes-AMG GT3, the foundation for further championship success is to be laid at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. The race starts on Saturday, 25 January, at 13.35 hrs local time (19.35 hrs CET). Teams already successfully completed initial test laps of the 5.7 kilometres long track during the three-day ‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’ test in early January.

Also at Daytona, the four-hour season opening race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will be held on Friday, 24 January. For Mercedes-AMG as the defending champion in the manufacturers’ standings, a total of seven GT4 cars of the teams Bluff City Racing / Autometrics Motorsports (#14), Winward Racing (#4 and #57), Riley Motorsports (#35), MCC MOTORSPORT (#51) and Murillo Racing (#56 and #65) will be in the field for the season opener.

Calendar 2020 IMSA season

Race event

Circuit 

Date

Event

Roar before the Rolex 24

Daytona International Speedway

3 - 5 January

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Rolex 24 at Daytona

Daytona International Speedway

22 – 26 January

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Sebring International Raceway

18 – 21 March

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Long Beach Street Circuit

17 – 18 April

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

 

Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

1 - 3 May

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Raceway at Belle Isle Park

29 – 30 May

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

 

Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

Watkins Glen International

25 - 28 June

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

3 - 5 July

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Northeast Grand Prix

Lime Rock Park

17 - 18 July

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Road America

Road America

31 July – 2 August

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

VIRginia International Raceway

21 - 23 August

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

11 - 13 September

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)

Motul Petit Le Mans

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

7 - 10 October

IMSA WTSC (GT3)

IMSA MPC (GT4)