2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Schedule Revealed

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 5, 2016) – The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule unveiled today in Road America’s new Victory Lane in front of an audience of stakeholders, media and race fans features venue stability – all 12 racetracks that have hosted WeatherTech Championship events since the 2015 season are on next year’s schedule.

However, the schedule does include a few notable alterations and date shifts for two events. The event at Circuit of The Americas – which has been run in September since the WeatherTech Championship’s inception in 2014 and also hosted an American Le Mans Series event in September 2013 – will move into the spring in 2017. In addition, the event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – which has traditionally been run in late April or early May – moves to September in 2017 as the penultimate round of the WeatherTech Championship.

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Road Atlanta Announces Miss Road Atlanta 2016 Representative Danielle Stratton

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 3, 2016) – Road Atlanta is pleased to announce the 2016 Miss Road Atlanta representative, Danielle Stratton of Atlanta, Ga.

Miss Road Atlanta 2016 Danielle Stratton has been a motorsports enthusiast all of her life, so being at the racetrack feels like home.

Danielle will be representing the race track at the 19th Annual Petit Le Mans, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. Although this will be her first Petit Le Mans, Danielle is no stranger to racing, having spent five years behind the wheel competing in Legends cars. She started racing at oval tracks in central Florida at the age of 14 and won some notable awards including being named Rookie of the Year in 2010. Danielle was on her way up the racing ladder when she was involved in a racing incident that left her with a broken joint in her ankle and unable to continue competing.

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Corvette C7.Rs Finish 1-2 For Closest Class Finish In Rolex 24 History

Gavin Edges Garcia To Win GTLM By Only 0.034 Seconds

For Corvette Racing, the question entering the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona was simple: How do you top 2015?

Last year, the team’s pair of Corvette C7.Rs won the Rolex 24, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and then the team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The answer was delivered Sunday in an epic 1-2 finish, with the 2015 Le Mans-winning No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin edging the 2015 Daytona and Sebring-winning No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia to the line by 0.034 seconds, the closest class finish in the history of the Rolex 24.

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Derani Wins For Tequila Patrón Honda In 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Driving like a seasoned veteran, 22-year-old Pipo Derani took the lead with one-hour, 17-minutes remaining and pulled away down the stretch to lead Tequila Patrón ESM to victory in the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona, capping off a sensational race in the opening round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

Derani was joined by Johannes van Overbeek and car owners Ed Brown and Scott Sharp in the No. 2 Honda Ligier JS P2. It was the first overall triumph for both Honda and Ligier in the event, and the second overall victory for Sharp, who teamed with rival car owner Wayne Taylor in 1996.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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