The schedule was unveiled at IMSA’s conventional annual ‘State of the Sport’ presentation at Highway America, and options the identical roster of venues that made up the calendar previous to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per standard, the Daytona 24 Hours kicks off the season on 27-30 January, following on from the Roar Earlier than the 24 check on the identical venue on 21-23 January – which retains its later date for a second season in a row.
That can be adopted by the Sebring 12 Hours on 16-19 March, whereas the ‘West Coast swing’ of Lengthy Seashore and Laguna Seca return to their authentic April slots, with these races having been moved to September this 12 months in response to the continued well being disaster.
The remaining races stay largely unchanged in comparison with the initially introduced dates for the 2021 schedule.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, axed from each this 12 months and final 12 months’s calendar due to the pandemic, is about to return on 1-3 July following the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in late June.
The Petit Le Mans season finale at Highway Atlanta has been shifted per week ahead, that means the season will shut on 1 October.
#79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR – 19, GTLM: Mathieu Jaminet, Matt Campbell, Cooper MacNeil
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IMSA makes BoP U-turn on GTD Professional
IMSA has deserted plans to handle an unbiased Steadiness of Efficiency (BoP) for each the GTD Professional and GTD lessons, and as an alternative will deal with them as a single class for BoP functions.
Each the brand new FIA GT3-based GTD Professional division, which replaces GT Le Mans in 2022, and GTD will subsequently characteristic functionally an identical automobiles and tyres, with the one actual differentiating issue now being that GTD Professional doesn’t characteristic any restrictions on driver classification.
Qualifying for the 2 lessons can even be mixed, with the GTD runners having to make use of a bronze- or silver-rated driver. Moreover, there’ll now not be a separate session to find out qualifying factors for the GTD class, which was a brand new addition for the 2021 season.
Provisional 2022 IMSA schedule:
|27-30 January||Daytona^||24 Hours||All (no LMP2, LMP3 factors)|
|16-19 March||Sebring^||12 Hours||All|
|8-9 April||Lengthy Seashore*||1hr40min||DPi, GTD Professional, GTD|
|29 April-1 Could||Laguna Seca||2hr40min||All besides LMP3|
|13-15 Could||Mid-Ohio||2hr40min||All besides GTD Professional|
|3-4 June||Detroit||1hr40min||DPi, GTD|
|23-26 June||Watkins Glen^||6 Hours||All|
|1-3 July||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park*||2hr40min||All besides LMP2|
|15-16 July||Lime Rock||2hr40min||GTD Professional, GTD|
|5-7 August||Highway America||2hr40min||All|
|26-28 August||Virginia||2hr40min||GTD Professional, GTD|
|28 Sept.-1 Oct.||Highway Atlanta^||10 Hours||All|
^ denotes Michelin Endurance Cup spherical
* denotes Dash Cup spherical just for GTD