International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) executives today revealed a 10-race schedule for the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, which begins on Jan. 23 at Daytona International Speedway. Every race will be two-and-a-half hours in length and will be televised on FOX Sports.
All 10 venues on the 2015 Continental Tire Challenge schedule hosted the series in 2014. One notable change sees the series’ visit to Lime Rock Park shift from Memorial Day Weekend in 2014 to July 25 for 2015. Every race will run as a companion to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“As we continue to build IMSA and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, continuity and tradition are extremely valuable,” said IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton. “In 2015, the Continental Tire Challenge will be part of 10 strong events at this continent’s very best road racing facilities. The biggest news is the fact that this schedule will enable us to provide television coverage of every race next season, which is also vitally important to the series – for our fans and stakeholders.”
Here’s a closer look at the 10 events that will make up the Continental Tire Challenge in 2015:
Jan. 23 – Daytona International Speedway – The traditional season opener for the Continental Tire Challenge. The series also will participate in the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 test session alongside the TUDOR Championship on the weekend of Jan. 9-11.
March 20 – Sebring International Raceway – The Continental Tire Challenge returns to the iconic Central Florida circuit for a second consecutive year after its debut at the facility in 2014.
May 2 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – The picturesque circuit once again represents the series’ only visit to the West Coast in 2015.
June 27 – Watkins Glen International – The historic racetrack in Western New York is another long-time venue for the series as part of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend.
July 11 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – The lone stop north of the border for the Continental Tire Challenge, which returned to the facility in 2014 for the first time since 2008.
July 24-25 – Lime Rock Park – The event on the 1.5-mile circuit moves to a new date for 2015, but again will feature individual, two-and-a-half-hour races for the Street Tuner and Grand Sport classes.
Aug. 8 – Road America – The four-mile circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis. is a favorite of competitors and represents the series’ only Midwestern stop.
Aug. 22 – Virginia International Raceway – Over the years, VIR has hosted the series in sprint races as well as six-hour enduros. It’s another two-and-a-half-hour contest in 2015.
Sept. 18 – Circuit of The Americas – The state-of-the-art racetrack in Austin, Texas hosts the penultimate round once again in 2015.
Oct. 2 – Road Atlanta – The Continental Tire Challenge joins the TUDOR Championship and a number of other series in closing out the season on the classic Georgia road circuit.