Watkins Glen has been added to the Pirelli World Challenge schedule for 2018 as the season finale, effectively replacing IndyCar in the classic venue’s Labor Day Weekend plans.
The Aug. 31-Sept. 2 event at the legendary 3.4-mile road course in New York state, will feature the entire PWC division lineup – GT (GT/GTA/GT Cup), GTS (GTS/GTA) and Touring Car (TCR/TC/TCA) with doubleheader sprint races. There will then be traditional 50-minute sprints for GT and GTS classes and 40-minute features for Touring Car classes.
World Challenge, which first raced at the Glen in 1992, and last raced there in 2010 will also be competing at Portland International Raceway next year on July 13-15.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Pirelli World Challenge competitors, officials, leadership, and fans to Watkins Glen International in 2018,” said Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International President. “This series features fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing across a wide spectrum of sportscar classes and our fans are in for a treat on Labor Day weekend next year.”
Greg Gill, WC Vision president and CEO added: “Adding an historic racing facility such as Watkins Glen International to conclude our 2018 Pirelli World Challenge makes for an outstanding season finale weekend.
“As the rumors of this date and venue surfaced, the feedback from the drivers, teams, and sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive. Watkins Glen International will be a great backdrop to crown our 2018 champions.”
In addition to the Watkins Glen season finale, the Pirelli World Challenge also announced its race lineup for 2018 with the GT/GTA/GT Cup divisions again being split into five GT Sprint (50 minutes) and five GT SprintX (60 minutes, two drivers) races. The GTS events, featuring GT4 machinery, will remain nine weekends with a total of 18 50-minute Sprint rounds while Touring Car divisions will contest 40-minute Sprints in the class’ 12-race, six-weekend campaign.
A press release stated that “details on the 2018 race regulations for GT Sprint and GT SprintX events will be announced in the near future, including the new pit stop requirements and other amendments to competition rules.”
The second annual SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours is set to return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Oct. 26-28.
2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule
March 9-11 Streets of St. Petersburg, (GT Sprint and GTS)
March 23-25, Circuit Of The Americas (GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car)
April 13-15, Streets of Long Beach (GT Sprint)
April 28-30, VIRginia International Raceway, (GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car)
May 18-20, Canadian Tire Motorsport, (GT Sprint and GTS)
May 25-28, Lime Rock Park, (GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car)
June 22-24, Road America (GT Sprint and GTS)
July 13-15, Portland International Raceway (GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car)
August 10-12, Utah Motorsports Campus, (GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car)
Aug. 31-Sept. 1-2 Watkins Glen International (GT Sprint, GTS and Touring Car)
Special Event SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours
October 19-21 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, Calif.