Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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The third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship started on high notes for the Cool Racing Team. They arrived in China with a strong determination, Alexandre Coigny and Antonin Borga knew from the start that they would need some time to discover the track that they had only tested on simulator. But thanks to Nicolas Lapierre's great experience and strong advises, both Swiss drivers adapted quick to the new circuit.

In both Free Practice 1 & 2, ORECA #42 set the overall best LMP2 laps.

The drivers continued to work hard on the track during third Free Practice on Saturday morning before heading to the Qualification in the afternoon. One that will stay in every team member's mind for the a long time.

As usual, Nicolas and Antonin shared the qualifying duty in Shanghai, and while Nico set a fantastic 1:48.089 chrono - which is also the overall best LMP2 lap time on this circuit - Antonin did not relax and put all his energy into this qualifying. In the end, with a very good 1:49.210 lap time from Antonin, meaning a 1:48.649 average qualifying chrono, our drivers took their first WEC pole position, while it's only their third race in the world championship.

 

ANA42 took the start from third row (6th overall and 1st LMP2). Antonin brilliantly managed not only to keep his position in the first lap, but also to not make any mistake while in the middle of the field, until #37 DC Racing passed him to take the lead in the category. Behind him and hunted down by #36 Signatech Alpine (A. Negrao) and the second DC Racing of A. Davidson, Antonin did not leave anything to chance, fighting hard. An electrical problem ended prematurely the race of the team. ANA42 does not score any points in Shanghai, as it did not meet the chequered flag.

 

The following is a statement from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) following the passing of driver Dr. Tim George earlier today. 
 
“The IMSA family is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Tim George today. He was a long-time IMSA competitor and a friend to many in the paddock. At this difficult time we would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to his wife Rosalind and the rest of their family.”
After four hours of racing on the iconic bumps of Sebring International Raceway, Forty 7 Motorsports walked away as the victors of the second annual Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore.
 
IMSA Prototype Challenge regulars Jonatan Jorge and Joel Janco paired up with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Tristan Nunez to beat the rest of the field – which also included GT3 and GT4 machines – in the No. 47 Norma M30.
 
The trio all have previous ties to each other. Jorge coached Nunez through the karting ranks and his introduction to car racing; Jorge and Janco have been longtime co-drivers in the LMP3 series; and Nunez and Janco also have competed against each other in previous races.
 
“That’s what this weekend was for from the beginning, just to go out there and have fun,” said Nunez, a full-time Mazda driver in the WeatherTech Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class. “(Jonatan’s) the guy who made me into the driver I am today, so to be able to come back and rekindle that six years of not working together and to come here and win a race, it’s pretty special. It’s come full circle.”
 
Meanwhile, Jorge and Janco competed full-time this past regular season with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, winning the Bronze Drivers Cup.
 
“It was supposed to be fun for us,” said Jorge. “I’m here with Joel, who’s basically my dad, and Tristan who’s my little brother. It was just an incredible job by everybody. The team did an amazing job. It was our first time with this car and this team. I can’t be happier. It was great to have the family here as well. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and hopefully we get to do it again soon.”
 
“I’ve got to thank Forty 7 Motorsports for the Norma we drove today, which was just awesome,” said Janco. “Of course, JJ and I have been together a long time. Tristan and I have actually raced each other in the last decade and it’s just a dream come true.”
 
Meanwhile, it was a big day for Riley Motorsports in the GT classes at Sunday’s Encore. The team’s two entries won in their respective classes – the No. 74 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Lawson Aschenbach and Gar Robinson and the No. 35 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Dylan Murry and Jim Cox.
 
“For me, this year ended at Road Atlanta, so this is really part of the new 2020 season,” said Team Owner Bill Riley. “To get something going in our first race for the 74 car, with 74 Ranch Resort, and Lawson and Gar, it really couldn't have gone much better. Then, to see Dylan and Jim drive like that, I just thought that was great. Jim drove an awesome opening stint, just like Gar, and it was a super solid start for both teams for 2020.”
 
The No. 74 team is new lineup for 2020 with Riley in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class, using the Encore to prep for their upcoming season. A call near the end of the race to change two tires instead of four propelled them into the lead.
 
“I think first and foremost, we’re all thrilled to be at Riley Motorsports,” said Aschenbach. “Bill Riley has been someone I’ve respected for a long time, someone I’ve always wanted to race for. Now I’m getting that opportunity and there’s no better way to start the relationship off with a win. Today, honestly, was about Gar. Gar ran an Ironman stint. He ran two hours and 30-something minutes by himself, straight through and kept it cool, ran great laps. He was right there and honestly that’s why we won.”
 
Meanwhile, Murry and Cox cap off an outstanding first season with Riley Motorsports. The pair raced a full season in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class, even earning their first series victory at Watkins Glen International in June, also a four-hour race.
 
“I absolutely love these longer races, this is what I thrive for,” said Murry. “I really feel like I excel in them because in the longer races it’s all about patience and doing perfect lap after perfect lap. We’re two out of the past three wins in the four-hour races, so Riley Motorsports and Mercedes-AMG definitely know the four-hour races. Mercedes-AMG knows what they’re doing when they put together an endurance car because that’s what we just showed today.”
 
The Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore officially concludes the 2019 racing calendar for IMSA. The 2020 season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway on January 3-5 with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona testing weekend, with the prestigious twice-around-the-clock race getting underway on Saturday, January 25. 
From a harrowing two-wheel incident to a now four-wheel champion, it’s been an unpredictable year for racer Chad Reed.
 
It was only eight months ago that the wildly popular, championship-winning dirt bike rider was sidelined with multiple broken bones and other injuries stemming from a Supercross incident. Just three months later, though, Reed returned to racing – this time of behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
 
It began when Reed connected with IMSA driver Ryan Hardwick through mutual friends. The pair headed to Las Vegas earlier this summer for Reed’s first ever test in a Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car for Dream Racing.
 
“The test went well right away,” said Reed. “The owner, Enrico (Bertaggia) was like, ‘I’ll know in five minutes whether we’re going to put him in the car or not.’ I guess I passed the test.”
 
Just one week later, Reed found himself headed to Watkins Glen international in New York to make his debut in the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series as a part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend.
 
“I had heard a lot about Watkins Glen, but I had never been there,” Reed explained. “We race close by in a place called Unadilla, about an hour and 45 minutes away. So, though I’ve been to that part of the country quite a lot, I’d never gotten out to Watkins Glen. It was really exciting to go and see a pretty historic venue for IMSA racing.”
 
Originally competing in the Pro-Am class with Hardwick, Reed moved to the LB Cup class in July after Hardwick suffered a season-ending knee injury of his own in a crash during a WeatherTech Championship practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
 
Last month – following four wins in eight LB Cup races alongside new co-driver Justin Price – Reed headed to Circuito de Jerez in Spain to compete in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals. The duo won the final race of the 12-round Super Trofeo North America season, before Reed prepared to contend individually for the World Final LB Cup Championship amongst Lamborghini Super Trofeo competitors from around the world.
 
“I actually lived in Europe in 2001, so when I first left my native country Australia as an 18-year-old kid, I went to race the World Championship in Europe,” said Reed. “I got to venture all over Europe and I got to spend some time there. I’m a huge MotoGP fan and Jerez is a big part of that championship and testing program, so I knew the venue quite well.
 
“I had never been there, but I’d known it well enough that I’d watched so much of it that basically going there for the first time didn’t feel like the first time. To get to go to a venue I knew so much about and cared about its heritage, to race a Lamborghini there was really exciting.”
 
After winning the first of two World Final races, Reed finished second in Race 2 to clinch the LB Cup World Championship, adding his first four-wheel title to his already impressive collection of championships on two wheels.
 
“I’ve been a professional athlete for 22 years,” said Reed. “I come from a lot of experience in the racing world and in my opinion, racing is racing, always. From two wheel to four wheel, it’s a little different here and there but for the most part, racing at the highest level is always the same. It always takes the same mindset and it always takes the same successful way of going about it that is rewarded in every way. That’s just what I think.”
 
But what is it that keeps the drive going for the multi-time AMA/World Supercross champion? His participation in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America shows just that – his desire to learn.
 
“It’s that progression at never arriving and always trying to be better and trying to figure out what it is,” explained Reed. “That desire to jump into something and try to find more. Though I won in Jerez, already immediately I re-watched the race. I got to watch it on TV and a lot of the battles I was in.
 
“With watching it, already your mind says, ‘Ah, I could do this better, I could do that better or I could approach this better.’ The competitive side of you, you’re always looking for more and always trying to find that competitive edge and understanding of how to be better. I guess that just drives me and it fuels me.”
 
Reed added how competing in four races at Jerez – instead of the traditional two at IMSA weekends – added even more fuel to his fire.
 
“Four races is double the time, so you have double the day there and double the experience and double the learning,” he said. “I’m left on this high where, ‘When’s the next time I get in a car?’”
 
Although now in the IMSA offseason, Reed hopes it won’t be long before he returns to a race car. The now 37-year-old is becoming more aware of the impending end to his two-wheel career, but has no intentions of quitting racing any time soon.
 
“I’m at the tail end of my Motocross career and life beyond motorcycles is becoming more real each and every year,” said Reed. “At this point, I’m not sure how many more years I’ll race. But it just feels normal to go racing. I feel the change. I really enjoyed my time in the car this year.
 
“The goal currently is to do Super Trofeo again. I think that’d be awesome to get in a car by myself and try to maximize my time, jump up a class into the Am class, then go learn and try to figure that out. That’s pretty much where I’m at, just figuring out what I can do.
 
“As far as being in IMSA racing, that is the goal. I love racing so much. It’s like I see Sebring and Daytona and the Six Hours at Watkins Glen. I don’t know why, but that seems really appealing to me and it seems fun. I love that grinding away, finding the limit. If I could find a level of driving that I feel I need to get to, where I can be competitive at that level, then obviously a GTD or something like that would be something I would really enjoy and love to do.”
If you happened to drive by Daytona International Speedway last week, you may have heard the Mazda RT24-P DPi car turning laps around the 3.56-mile road course.
 
The car and its drivers turned a lot of laps at DIS last week, then moved a few hours southwest of Daytona to run even more laps at Sebring International Raceway and its legendary, 3.74 miles of bumpy concrete and tarmac.
 
Mind you, these tests were occurring nearly 90 days before the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday, Jan. 25, and more than 140 days prior to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 16.
So, a good first question would be why so soon?
 
“The Rolex 24 is the biggest endurance race in the States, it’s the biggest race on the IMSA calendar and it would just be an absolute dream if we could (win) it,” said Harry Tincknell, who co-drove the No. 55 Mazda DPi to its historic first victory in the 2019 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen alongside Jonathan Bomarito and Olivier Pla.
 
“I mean, I feel like we have the team, we have the car, we have the engine, we have the drivers,” Tincknell continued. “It’s a reality now. I think in the past, a win at the Rolex has been a dream, whereas now it can be a reality. But it’s obviously going to be an incredibly tough race. It’s absolutely relentless and unforgiving.
 
“It’s the first race of the season. It’s not like we have two or three races to sort of ease our way into the championship. It’s a really brutal schedule from that point of view, which is why we’re here in October testing and getting the reliability sorted.”
 
Reliability is the next frontier for the Mazda DPi program.
 
In 2019, the obvious goal for everybody in the program was to finally get that first victory. They poured everything they had into their pursuit of victory, and were finally rewarded not just at Watkins Glen, but in the next two races as well at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Road America.
 
“Everyone says once you get the first one, they all seem to follow,” said Tristan Nunez, who won at CTMP with Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda DPi. “Getting three in a row, I think, really showed that and we had strong showings since then. We were really close at [Motul] Petit [Le Mans on Oct. 12], but didn’t quite get there. We had some bad luck at the end.
 
“But as a whole, we’re there now. We’re in the first with the big teams. I think all the other teams see that. They’re not just seeing us as the Mazdas on track. They see us as a competitor, strong, and I think they’re a little bit worried about what we’re going to show this [2020] season. I think the big pressure’s out of the way now, getting that first win for Mazda. Now, it’s just continuing that momentum, getting podiums, and I think we’re going to go for a championship this season.”
 
And a key step to achieving that goal is to have a strong 36 Hours of Florida to start the 2020 campaign. Hence the reason they’ve already logged so many testing miles less than a month into the so-called “offseason.”
 
“I think 2020 is the year that we go for the championship,” Tincknell said. “That’s the year where we match consistency with winning speed. This year, it was gung-ho every race, just try and get a victory. We didn’t really hold anything back. We took a lot of risk to get those victories.
 
“Whereas, I think in 2020, if we can have a bit more reliability in the first two races and be up there in the championship, then we can maybe just pick and choose our moments a little bit more. Instead of going for gung-ho, 100 percent, maybe just be a little bit more risk averse and just keep scoring the points.
 
“Because, at the end of the season, that’s what gets you into the title fight is the consistency rather than the big highs followed by big lows. We had some massive highs in 2019 and we also had some lows. We’ve just got to be a little bit more consistent and I think that’s going to be the difference.”
 
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets started with the Roar Before The 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3-5. The 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 25-26.
 
Tickets for the Rolex 24 are available now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 

Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires won their sixth Pro 4 Class Championship in the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) this past Saturday.  While already holding a large championship-points lead coming into the final race of the season, LeDuc won Round 9 to capture the overall championship at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.  LeDuc and Toyo Tires have won Pro 4 Class Championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2019.

“Winning the championship for the sixth time in the Pro 4 division was a massive achievement for us,” said LeDuc.  “And to do it by winning the last round of racing is the only way to do it right… and we did because of Toyo Tires, period!”

Later that same day, LeDuc competed in the prestigious Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup race which pitted Pro 2 and Pro 4 class trucks against one-another.  LeDuc started the race near the back of the field and muscled his way to the front to win the 2019 Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup!  This represents LeDuc’s fifth Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup victory, winning in 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and now in 2019.  His #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 Ford truck relied on Toyo Open Country race tires to capture both his sixth overall championship and fifth Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup victory.

“The Cup race victory was the icing on the cake for this huge weekend for us,” said LeDuc.  “We had to fight past 20 trucks to get to the top level and capture the legendary Lucas Oil Cup race.  I am the only one on that track that has Toyo tires and that is why we are always a threat to win.”

LeDuc’s two victories on Saturday represent a total of 99 career wins overall.  Ninety-three of those have been on Toyo tires.

“Kyle LeDuc is one of the most prolific drivers in the history of short course off-road racing and we are proud to be a part of his championship-winning team,” said Stan Chen, senior manager of events and sponsorships, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Our Open Country competition tires give him the traction, durability and overall performance he needs to get to the top of the podium race after race; season after season.”

LeDuc is one of the winningest drivers ever in short course off-road racing. In addition to his string of championships and Cup wins in the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series, he also won both the TORC World Championship and the AMSOIL® Cup at Crandon in 2014 as well as the Borg Warner® Cup at the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races in 2009.

The nine-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series aired on CBS, CBS Sports Network and MAV TV.  Log on to www.lucasoiloffroad.com for race highlights and for schedules of television coverage.  Learn more about the full line of race-proven Toyo Open Country tires at www.toyotires.com.

The live telecast of the Formula 1 World Championship Mexican Grand Prix on ABC drew the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event since its return in 2015, another mark in the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.

 

The race had an average audience of 850,000 viewers on ABC, an increase of 11 percent over the race on ABC last year (769,000) and up three percent from the NBC audience of 826,000 in 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix audience peaked at 1,014,168 as Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th win of the 2019 season.

 

The audience for the Mexican Grand Prix was the third-largest of the season on ESPN networks, following the Canadian Grand Prix on ABC (1.1 million average viewers) and the Monaco Grand Prix on ESPN (908,000).

 

Through 18 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 671,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 19 percent over the average of 561,000 at this point last year on ESPN networks and up 24 percent from the average of 542,000 on NBC networks in 2017.

 

All but three of the 18 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.

 

The bar for American motorcycles has officially been elevated. Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, has dramatically redefined the American bagger with its introduction of the 2020 Indian Challenger – a striking combination of American muscle, next-level technology, and premium comfort to deliver a truly unmatched riding experience.  

 

Designed for the most knowledgeable and discerning riders, Indian designers stopped at nothing to ensure that the Challenger out-classed its competition and delivered the highest performing, fully loaded bagger on the market. 

 

“The Indian Challenger delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “Our mindset was to leave no stone unturned and deliver a bagger that exceeds the standards in categories like power, handling, comfort, and technology.”

 

It starts with the all-new Indian PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin) that packs a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. The new powertrain also features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and hydraulic valve lash adjusters and camshaft chain tensioners for a low maintenance, reliable powerplant. The PowerPlus’ overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder deliver incredible V-twin performance and power. Riders can customize the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting one of three ride modes, including Rain, Standard and Sport – resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct performance personalities. Each ride mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.

 

Starting at $21,999, the Challenger features all the premium touring amenities riders expect from Indian Motorcycle, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space. In addition, a modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension. This, combined with the bike’s lightweight cast aluminum frame and hydraulically adjustable FOX® rear shock, delivers unrivaled handling and rock-solid stability.

 

Race-spec radially-mounted Brembo® brakes provide superior stopping power, and new performance touring Metzeler® Cruistec® tires offer supreme traction. Challenger’s chassis-mounted fairing features an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel and adjustable air vents – delivering unprecedented rider protection from all elements. With menacing LED running lights, a central headlamp, and a redesigned and modernized Indian Motorcycle headdress adorning its front fender, the Challenger presents an unmistakable profile day and night.

 

A true state-of-the-art bagger, the Limited and Dark Horse variants of Challenger are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology™, keeping riders confidently grounded by utilizing a Bosch IMU to add cornering control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control. These models also feature Indian Ride Command, the largest, most-customizable touchscreen infotainment system on two wheels.  The Challenger’s seven-inch Ride Command system features weather and traffic overlays, key vehicle information, Bluetooth® and USB mobile pairing, and an all-new quad-core processor for faster response.

 

For its inaugural year, the Challenger lineup is accompanied by a variety of Indian Motorcycle Authentic Accessories that allow riders to upgrade their ride based on their preferences. With the Indian Challenger Rogue Collection, riders can improve sound and add blacked-out styling with the black stage 1 slip-on muffler and black PowerPlus stage 1 air intake. While a gloss black mid-rise handlebar, a tinted curved windshield and gloss black front highway bars add a premium blacked-out finish.  

 

For an added measure of comfort over longer hauls there’s the Indian Challenger Tour Collection, including a 16-inch windshield, quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest and passenger floorboards, an extended reach seat, rider backrest pad, infinite highway pegs and pinnacle heel shifter. Riders can also upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with the PowerBand Audio Plus system, which delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50% louder than the Challenger’s stock audio system.

 

With its modern, aggressive look, and a seemingly unlimited array of performance, comfort and technological features, the Indian Challenger stands alone as the ultimate bagger.

                                              

“While we are grounded in our iconic history, we are focused and driven to break new ground and establish a higher standard for riders; and the Challenger is a testament to that,” said Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycle. “The amount of technology and level of detail packed into this bike is incredible, and it’s something we’re extremely proud of.”

 

Pricing for the 2020 Indian Challenger, available in Titanium Metallic paint, starts at $21,999, while the Challenger Dark Horse, starting at $27,499, is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, and White Smoke. The Indian Challenger Limited starts at $27,999, and is available in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.

 

The Indian Challenger will be assembled at Indian Motorcycle’s production facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2020 Indian Challenger by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and following along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 Visiting five of the most iconic tracks in the Western half of the United States, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship returns in 2020 for its fourth season with six events.

The Trans Am Series initiated a growth strategy on the West coast three years ago with the launch of the West Coast Championship. The West Coast Championship hit a record entry in 2019 with the field growing by 27 percent, with additional growth anticipated in 2020 with the introduction of the new Xtreme GT class (read more about new XGT class) .

“We are so happy to see the growing interest in the West Coast Championship,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Race Company. “The interest has been strong, and we’ve grown the schedule for the 2020 season to help continue that trend. Our paddock has been vocal about where they want to race, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to visit some great tracks and generate more opportunity for the teams next season.”  

The 2020 Trans Am West Coast Championship will kick off at Sonoma Raceway on March 14-15 in conjunction with the NASA event. The series then moves up the Golden Coast from Sonoma to Willows, California, for a visit to Thunderhill Raceway Park April 4-5.

The West Coast Championship will return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca May 1-3. The 2019 season marked the first full Trans Am Series appearance at the Monterey circuit since 2004.

 

Once again, the home of the infamous Corkscrew turn will play host for the first of two weekends that will stage Trans Am National and West Coast championship combined races in 2020. The dual-championship events allow the competitors from the Trans Am West Coast Championship to take to the track in competition alongside the full field of National Championship entrants.

“This year was a huge success with having both series at Laguna Seca, and the racing was some of the best all season,” said Clagett. “Having two events that combine the West Coast schedule with the National Championship will likely foster more of the crossover that we saw this year in terms of West Coast programs growing to the National level.”

Following a short summer break, the West Coast Championship will be back in full force, running alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) for the Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway July 24-26.

The roar of Trans Am machinery then returns August 29-30 to the 160-foot of elevation changes that make each lap at Sonoma Raceway a driver favorite for its penultimate event of the season.

Moving to a November event date, the Circuit of The Americas will play host to the Texas-sized 2020 finale November 6-8, and will feature the first-ever season finale weekend for both the West Coast and National Championships.

“Circuit of The Americas is always a highlight and having both our National and West Coast finales as part of the same event is a great way to close out the year,” said Clagett. “Our Honors Banquet is a very big event and being able to celebrate both of these championships at the seasons end at CoTA should be a fantastic close to the year.”

Responding to racers with focused time and resources that were looking to step up to Trans Am, the series introduced the Southern and Northern Cups in 2018. The two regional groupings of Trans Am competitions were designed to reward competitors and teams that tackle certain segments of the Trans Am schedule, but do not undertake a full season commitment (competitors who undertake a full season are not eligible for cup championships). 
 

In 2020, seven venues from the Detroit Grand Prix to Watkins Glen International are reserved for the Northern Cup challenge while the Southern campaign will focus on five events ranging from Sebring International Raceway to Circuit of The Americas.

For more information on the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli visit GoTransAm.com.

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli Northern Cup 2020 Schedule

May 22-25           Lime Rock Park, Salisbury, Conn. (with SVRA)
May 29-31           Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
June 26-28           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (with SVRA)
July 10-12            Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 6-8                Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13          Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (with SVRA)

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli Southern Cup 2020 Schedule

Feb. 29-Mar. 1   Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida (with SVRA)      
March 28-29       Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (with SVRA)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27          Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA) 

Trans Am West Coast Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule

March 14-15       Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.   (with NASA)
April 4-5               Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif. (with NASA)
May 1-3                Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (with SVRA)
July 24-26            Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. (with SVRA)
Aug. 29-30           Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.   (with NASA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA)  

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule

Feb. 29-Mar. 1   Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida (with SVRA)      
March 28-29       Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (with SVRA)
May 1-3                Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (with SVRA)
May 22-25           Lime Rock Park, Salisbury, Conn. (with SVRA)
May 29-31           Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
June 26-28           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (with SVRA)
July 10-12            Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 6-8                Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13          Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27          Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA) 

With the entry process already under way for the 2020 season, IMSA today released the Sporting Regulations and Standard Supplementary Regulations for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. At the same time, updated Technical Regulations also were released for all three series.
 
Notable changes for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship season are as follows:
 
  • Adjustments to LMP2 driver combinations:
  • A Bronze-rated driver will be required for all LMP2 class entries.
  • At Daytona - A maximum of one Platinum-rated driver is permitted.
  • For all other LMP2 races Platinum drivers are prohibited.
 
  • As previously announced for the LMP2 class, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will not count toward overall WeatherTech Championship points but will count toward IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup points.
  • Also announced previously for the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the Long Beach event has been added, now serving as the season opener for the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup. The eight-race Sprint Cup season also includes Detroit as a Sprint Cup-only event.
  • IMSA has introduced a Premium Entry package for GTD teams committing to compete in the full, eight-race Sprint Cup season.
  • All WeatherTech Championship teams may use pit lane fuel rigs for all sessions.
  • Teams now have the choice of lining their cars up at Pit Out during qualifying or any session stoppage or go to their assigned pit boxes before being released by race control.
  • Base drive-time has been eliminated for 2020. Instead, all drivers must meet minimum drive times as designated for their class in the Supplementary Regulations for each race.
 
Key changes for the WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge in 2020 include:
 
  • If a race is red-flagged after 50 percent has been completed and the race is not restarted, final race results will be determined as of the last completed green-flag lap as though the checkered flag was displayed to the overall leader and remaining cars at the conclusion of that lap.
  • Michelin RFID readers will be solely used to identify qualifying tires, eliminating the requirement to be physically marked for identification purposes. All cars still must start on qualifying tires.
 
Additional changes to the 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge regulations include:
 
  • Two drivers will be mandatory for all cars.
  • Each car is required to have one Bronze-rated driver, who also must qualify and start the race.
  • Once the pits are open, teams may pit during Full-Course Caution periods.
  • The mandatory pit stop time will be shorter than it was in 2019 and will be based on pit-lane distance to ensure a consistent, wheels-stopped time, regardless of the pit lane length.
 
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets started with the Roar Before The 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3-5. The 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 25-26.
 
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