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Watkins Glen Replaces CTMP On IMSA Calendar | SPEED SPORT


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – IMSA could have an prolonged keep in New York’s Finger Lakes area this summer time.

Introduced Wednesday, three IMSA sequence – led by the flagship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – will race on the three.4-mile Watkins Glen Int’l circuit on July 2.

The headline WeatherTech 240 At The Glen occasion will take the inexperienced flag shortly after 6 p.m. ET that Friday night with tv protection airing on NBCSN on Saturday, July 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2-hour, 40-minute race will characteristic all 5 WeatherTech Championship courses (DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM and GTD). The GTD race will depend solely towards the eight-race WeatherTech Dash Cup level standings.

It caps a busy day of racing motion that additionally features a two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem race and a one-hour, 45-minute IMSA Prototype Problem occasion.

The occasions substitute beforehand scheduled occasions for that weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which have once more been canceled this 12 months because of quarantine necessities for vacationers into Canada.

IMSA seems ahead to returning to the historic Canadian circuit in 2022.

“We’re grateful to Watkins Glen Int’l President Michael Printup and his group for serving to us arrive at an answer when it grew to become obvious that we might be unable to make our deliberate journey to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this 12 months,” mentioned IMSA President John Doonan. “Likewise, we’re grateful that our companions on the Sports activities Automotive Membership of America’s Glen Area are keen to share their beforehand scheduled occasion weekend at The Glen with us as properly.

“We sorely missed the chance to race at Watkins Glen final 12 months, however we’re delighted to carry these loyal followers two IMSA occasion schedules in little greater than per week in 2021.”

The WeatherTech 240 At The Glen will come 5 days after the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, June 27.

The 2-hour Michelin Pilot Problem race – scheduled to start out at 2:35 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2 – comes six days after 4 hours of racing at WGI the Saturday prior.

Whereas the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Problem groups will retain their paddock areas for each Watkins Glen occasions, the IMSA Prototype Problem strikes in on the night of Wednesday, June 30.

All three sequence will apply and qualify on Thursday, July 1 and racing motion kicks off with IMSA Prototype Problem at 11:45 a.m. ET on Friday, July 2.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend additionally contains doubleheader races from Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo North America and Porsche Carrera Cup North America.

In complete, 5 of the seven IMSA-sanctioned sequence will likely be in motion at Watkins Glen within the span of 1 week.

“We’re at all times excited so as to add one other occasion to The Glen’s calendar,” acknowledged Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen Int’l. “We sit up for celebrating with followers and having fun with the unbelievable highway course motion of IMSA.”