2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge Schedule Features Return to Road America
Friday, August 2, 2019

It’s appropriate that the 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge schedule was revealed Friday night at IMSA’s annual “State of the Series” presentation at Road America.

Because for the first time since 2015, the IMSA Prototype Challenge series will return to Road America as part of its six-race 2020 schedule. The Road America event will be held as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event on the weekend of July 31-Aug. 2.

It will be one of four, one-hour, 45-minute “sprint” races for the LMP3 prototype machines. All six 2020 races will run as a companion to the WeatherTech Championship.

“With outstanding race teams and sleek LMP3 race cars, the IMSA Prototype Challenge is a fantastic companion event on our WeatherTech Championship weekends,” said IMSA Vice President of Marketing, David Pettit. “While most of the 2020 schedule brings the series back to racetracks where it has traditionally competed over the past few years, we know the addition of Road America will be popular with IMSA Prototype Challenge competitors. These cars, teams and drivers will put on a great show here, as they do everywhere they race.”

Daytona International Speedway again will kick off the season for the third consecutive year with a three-hour endurance race on the 3.56-mile road course as part of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona event weekend on Jan. 3-5.

After a two-month break, the second round of the season will be a battle at Sebring International Raceway on March 18-20 as part of the second consecutive “Super Sebring” event with the WeatherTech Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Another sprint race is on tap for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of May 1-3 to wrap up the first half of the season. The second half kicks off with the second and final three-hour race – and also the series’ only race north of the border – at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 3-5.

The Road America event will serve as the penultimate round of the season and will be followed by a final sprint at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 7-9.

In addition to the 2020 schedule, a few enhancements aimed at improving competition at the front of the field were announced at “State of the Series.” One is the elimination of minimum pit stop times in favor of “live” pit stops in 2020. Limits on crew members and pit equipment will be retained.

Also, at least one Bronze-rated driver will be mandatory for every car in the field. Teams will be required to have two drivers per car for any race and may have up to three drivers for any three-hour race. Any car with two Bronze-rated drivers will be eligible for a separate, Bronze Cup championship.

NBCSN will have television coverage of all IMSA Prototype Challenge races in 2020. Live streaming also will be available on IMSA.tv and the IMSA app.

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