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WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship logo.png
CountryUnited States United States
Inaugural season2014
Prototype ClassesDaytona Prototype International (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)
GT ClassesGT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD)
Tire suppliersContinental (2014-2018 Prototype and GTD only)
Michelin (2014-2018 GTLM only; 2019-present expanding to full exclusive tire supplier)
Drivers' championP: United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
GTLM: Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
GTD: United States Brian Sellers
United States Madison Snow
Teams' championP: United States Action Express Racing
GTLM: United States Corvette Racing
GTD: United States Paul Miller Racing
Makes' championP: United States Cadillac
GTLM: United States Ford
GTD: Italy Lamborghini
Official websitesportscarchampionship.imsa.com
Motorsport current event.svg
Current season

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada and organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). It is a result of a merger between two existing North American sports car racing series, the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series. At its inception, the name was United SportsCar Championship,[1] which subsequently changed to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship when Rolex SA signed their Tudor brand to a title sponsorship deal.[2] WeatherTech later signed a deal to take over title sponsorship of the series starting in 2016, rebranding the series.[3]

The season begins with its premier race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the last weekend of January and ends with the Petit Le Mans, another North American Endurance Cup race, in early October.

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Contents

History

On September 5, 2012 it was announced that the Grand-Am Road Racing sanctioning body would merge with the Braselton-based International Motor Sports Association, and as such, both bodies would merge their premiere sports car series, the Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series respectively, with plans to debut in 2014. On November 20, 2012 the merger committee announced that SME Branding were selected to develop the name, logo and identity of the new series.[4]

2014 Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen
2014 Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

On January 8, 2013, the two series' announced a preliminary class structure for the new merged series. Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype category and IMSA's P2 would combine into a single-prototype class, with allowances for the unique DeltaWing to also compete in the new class. The Le Mans Prototype Challenge class of single spec cars from the American Le Mans Series would continue as is, although the cars will switch to Grand-Am's Continental Tires.[5] The GT class of the American Le Mans Series would remain unchanged, while Grand-Am's GT class will form another GT class, and be combined with the American Le Mans GTC category.[6] The only category of cars not represented in the new series is the American Le Mans Series' P1 category.

The reveal date for the new series was March 14, 2013 at the Chateau Élan Hotel and Conference Center at Sebring International Raceway, two days before the 12 Hours of Sebring. American Le Mans CEO Scott Atherton announced the new sanctioning body would remain IMSA while Ed Bennett revealed the new titles for the series' five classes. SME Branding Senior Partner Ed O'Hara then announced the new United SportsCar Racing title and logo, a name submitted through a contest won by Louis Satterlee of Florida, a racer in the Florida Karting Championship Series.[7]

On August 9, 2013, Fox Sports 1 announced it had signed a TV contract with IMSA to televise the entire USCC season between 2014 and 2018.[8]

Later, on September 12, 2013, Tudor was announced as the title sponsor for the series, which was named the United SportsCar Championship. On August 8, 2015, WeatherTech was announced as the new title sponsor for the series, renaming the series to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the 2016 season.[9]

Beginning with the 2019 season the series is covered exclusively by NBC Sports in the United States. The NBC broadcast network will air nine hours of coverage annually, with the majority of the coverage airing on NBCSN. CNBC and the NBC Sports app will provide supplemental coverage.[10][11]

Michelin Pilot Challenge

Originally based on a Canadian series before being acquired by Grand-Am, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (originally known as Grand-Am Cup) is a production-based touring car series. The series is split into two classes known as Grand Sport (GS), intended for large capacity GT-style cars, and Street Tuner (ST), consisting of smaller sedans and coupes, some of which are front-wheel drive. The IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge until 2013 supported some Rolex Series races but also headlined some of its own dates. This series continued with the United SportsCar Championship after the merger and is somewhat comparable to the old Trans Am Series.

Class structure

There are four classes in the SportsCar Championship series, featuring two sports prototype category and two grand tourer classes:

Sports prototypes:

  • Daytona Prototype International (DPI): The flagship class, it originally combined Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype with the American Le Mans Series class 2 prototypes (LMP2) and the DeltaWing, all built to 2014 specifications. Starting in 2019 the LMP2 cars were split to a separate class.
  • Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2): A new class for 2019, it features pro-am driver lineups. Cars will be built to the specifications of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from which the class's name derives.
  • GT Le Mans (GTLM): A continuation of the ALMS GT class, it consists of cars matching the ACO's GTE specification.
  • GT Daytona (GTD): a class that combined the Grand-Am GT & GX classes with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from the ALMS GTC class. Starting in the 2016 season the class adopted full FIA GT3 specifications.

Some races may only use selected classes of cars, for example: Any class car may be permitted entry into the Rolex 24, while at the Grand Prix of Long Beach only the Daytona Prototype International (DPI) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) are entered. LMP2 and GTLM classes are compatible with regulations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.[12]

Circuits

Races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as of 2018. Green dots represent circuits that are a part of the North American Endurance Cup. White dots represent former circuits.
Course Years
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 20142019
Circuit of the Americas 20142017
Daytona International Speedway 20142019
Detroit Belle Isle Street Circuit 20142019
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2014
Kansas Speedway 2014
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 20142019
Lime Rock Park 20152019
Long Beach Street Circuit 20142019
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 20182019
Road America 20142019
Road Atlanta 20142019
Sebring International Raceway 20142019
Virginia International Raceway 20142019
Watkins Glen International 20142019

Champions

IMSA Championship

Drivers

2014–2018
Season Prototype Prototype Challenge GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2014 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
Canada Kuno Wittmer United States Dane Cameron
2015 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
France Patrick Pilet United States Townsend Bell
United States Bill Sweedler
2016 United States Dane Cameron
United States Eric Curran
Venezuela Alex Popow
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Italy Alessandro Balzan
Denmark Christina Nielsen
2017 United States Jordan Taylor
United States Ricky Taylor
United States James French
Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Italy Alessandro Balzan
Denmark Christina Nielsen
2018 United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Not held Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
2019–
Season Daytona Prototype International Le Mans Prototype GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2019

Teams

2014–2018
Season Prototype Prototype Challenge GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2014 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #54 CORE Autosport United States #93 SRT Motorsports United States #94 Turner Motorsport
2015 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #54 CORE Autosport United States #911 Porsche North America United States #63 Scuderia Corsa
2016 United States #31 Action Express Racing United States #8 Starworks Motorsport United States #4 Corvette Racing United States #63 Scuderia Corsa
2017 United States #10 Wayne Taylor Racing United States #38 Performance Tech Motorsports United States #3 Corvette Racing United States #63 Scuderia Corsa
2018 United States #31 Action Express Racing Not held United States #3 Corvette Racing United States #48 Paul Miller Racing
2019–
Season Daytona Prototype International Le Mans Prototype GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2019

Michelin Endurance Cup (MEC)

Note: From 2014-2018 this championship was known as Patrón North American Endurance Cup

Drivers

2014–2018
Season Prototype Prototype Challenge (2014–2017 only) GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2014 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
United States James Gue
Denmark Michael Christensen
United States Patrick Long
United States Townsend Bell
United States Bill Sweedler
2015 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Mike Guasch
United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United States Andrew Palmer
Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Al Carter
United States Cameron Lawrence
2016 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Robert Alon
Mexico José Gutiérrez
United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Italy Alessandro Balzan
Denmark Christina Nielsen
2017 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States James French
United States Kyle Masson
Mexico Patricio O'Ward
France Patrick Pilet
Germany Dirk Werner
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Ben Keating
2018 United States Eric Curran
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Not held United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Müller
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
Germany Luca Stolz
2019–
Season Daytona Prototype International Le Mans Prototype GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2019

Teams

2014–2018
Season Prototype Prototype Challenge (2014–2017 only) GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2014 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #54 CORE Autosport United States #912 Porsche North America Canada #555 AIM Autosport
2015 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports United States #3 Corvette Racing United States #93 Riley Motorsports
2016 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports United States #4 Corvette Racing United States #44 Magnus Racing
2017 United States #5 Action Express Racing United States #38 Performance Tech Motorsports United States #911 Porsche GT Team United States #33 Riley Motorsports - Team AMG
2018 United States #31 Action Express Racing United States #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing United States #33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports
2019–
Season Daytona Prototype International Le Mans Prototype GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2019

Manufacturers

Season Prototype (2014–2018)
Daytona Prototype Intl. (2019–present)
GT Le Mans GT Daytona
2014 United States Chevrolet Germany Porsche Italy Ferrari
2015 United States Chevrolet United States Chevrolet Germany Porsche
2016 Japan Honda United States Chevrolet Germany Audi
2017 United States Cadillac United States Ford Germany Mercedes-AMG
2018 United States Cadillac United States Ford Germany Mercedes-AMG
2019

References

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  2. ^ "Tudor Named Title Sponsor". Sportscar 365. John Dagys Media, LLC. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  3. ^ DiZinno, Tony (8 August 2015). "WeatherTech Named New Title Sponsor of IMSA SportsCar". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-10-11. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  4. ^ "SME Branding Selected To Develop Identity for GRAND-AM, ALMS Merger". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  5. ^ "ALMS: Continental Named New Spec PC Tire". ALMS Communications. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  6. ^ "GRAND-AM, ALMS Announce 2014 Class Structure". American Le Mans Series. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  7. ^ "LOUIS SATTERLEE - 2012 FLORIDA KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES REVIEW". Karting News Worldwide. 7 July 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  8. ^ "FOX to air United SportsCar Racing". Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. 9 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-16. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "WeatherTech Joins IMSA In Multiyear Partnership". Daytona Beach, FL: IMSA. 8 August 2015. Archived from the original on 2018-05-11. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  10. ^ Pruett, Marshall (30 April 2018). "IMSA moving to NBC Sports in 2019". Racer. Racer Media and Marketing, Inc. Archived from the original on 2018-05-08. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  11. ^ "IMSA Moves to NBC Sports in New Six-Year TV Deal – Sportscar365". Archived from the original on 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  12. ^ https://autoweek.com/article/imsa/imsa-101-class-breakdown-2018-weathertech-sportscar-championship-season

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