IMSA reveals 2022 schedule, tweaks GTD Pro rules

IMSA has unveiled a 12-round schedule for the 2022 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, while also finalising the regulations for the new GT Daytona Pro class.

The schedule was unveiled at IMSA's traditional annual 'State of the Sport' presentation at Road America, and features the same roster of venues that made up the calendar prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per usual, the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off the season on January 27-30, following on from the Roar Before the 24 test at the same venue on January 21-23 - which keeps its later date for a second season in a row.

That will be followed by the Sebring 12 Hours on March 16-19, while the 'West Coast swing' of Long Beach and Laguna Seca return to their original April slots, with those races having been moved to September this year in response to the ongoing health crisis.

The remaining races remain largely unchanged compared to the originally announced dates for the 2021 schedule.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, axed from both this year and last year's calendar because of the pandemic, is set to return on July 1-3 following the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in late June.

The Petit Le Mans season finale at Road Atlanta has been shifted a week forward, meaning the season will close on October 1.

IMSA makes BoP U-turn on GTD Pro

IMSA has abandoned plans to manage an independent Balance of Performance (BoP) for both the GTD Pro and GTD classes, and instead will treat them as a single category for BoP purposes.

Both the new FIA GT3-based GTD Pro division, which replaces GT Le Mans in 2022, and GTD will therefore feature functionally identical cars and tyres, with the only real differentiating factor now being that GTD Pro does not feature any restrictions on driver classification.

Qualifying for the two classes will also be combined, with the GTD runners having to use a bronze- or silver-rated driver. Additionally, there will no longer be a separate session to determine qualifying points for the GTD class, which was a new addition for the 2021 season.

Provisional 2022 IMSA schedule:

Date Venue Length Classes
January 27-30 Daytona^ 24 Hours All (no LMP2, LMP3 points)
March 16-19 Sebring^ 12 Hours All
April 8-9 Long Beach* 1hr40min DPi, GTD Pro, GTD
April 29-May 1 Laguna Seca 2hr40min All except LMP3
May 13-15 Mid-Ohio 2hr40min All except GTD Pro
June 3-4 Detroit 1hr40min DPi, GTD
June 23-26 Watkins Glen^ 6 Hours All
July 1-3 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park* 2hr40min All except LMP2
July 15-16 Lime Rock 2hr40min GTD Pro, GTD
August 5-7 Road America 2hr40min  All 
August 26-28 Virginia 2hr40min  GTD Pro, GTD
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 Road Atlanta^ 10 Hours All 

^ denotes Michelin Endurance Cup round

* denotes Sprint Cup round only for GTD

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