11 Weekends Of Racing For World Challenge

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The Pirelli World Challenge will feature schedule for 2017 will feature 11 weekends of racing. (Al Steinberg Photo)
The Pirelli World Challenge will feature schedule for 2017 will feature 11 weekends of racing. (Al Steinberg Photo)
The Pirelli World Challenge will feature schedule for 2017 will feature 11 weekends of racing. (Al Steinberg Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, have announced the 11-weekend racing schedule for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships next year.

Next year the Pirelli World Challenge season will host 11 weekends through North America including a new stop at Virginia Int’l Raceway with the popular 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road circuit set to host all eight PWC classes on April 28-30.

In addition, the series season-opener the past two years, Circuit of the Americas, will host all eight categories in a Labor Day headliner weekend set for Sept. 1-3.

Pirelli World Challenge also revealed that five GT weekends will feature live telecasts on the CBS Sports Network beginning with the season-opening weekend in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 11-12.

As usual, Pirelli World Challenge will visit many of North America’s most prestigious and legendary race facilities starting with the season opener scheduled for the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 10-12, at the annual Indy Car race.

“After a successful 2016 season including 127 entries in the season finale last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we are pleased with the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge schedule,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision. “There are a few remaining contracts and venue details to be worked out. We will work through those details in the coming days.” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision.

“We want to thank North America’s most iconic and legendary road racing venues in bringing the best GT Production-based motorsports racing to their racing facilities in 2017. We expect another outstanding season in 2017 for the fans, teams, drivers and sponsors.”

The complete class participation for each Pirelli World Challenge weekend will be announced in the near future as GT single-driver sprint events will continue to run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series weekends.

Those weekends will include St. Petersburg, Long Beach (April 7-9), Road America (June 23-25), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 28-30) and Sonoma Raceway (Sept. 15-17).  All except Long Beach (GT single race) will be doubleheader weekend.

In the five Pirelli World Challenge headliner races, VIR (April 28-30), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 19-21), Lime Rock Park (May 26-27), Utah Motorsports Campus (Aug. 11-13) and COTA (Sept. 1-3) will feature all eight racing divisions.

2017 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

Dates – Venue – Location

March 10-12 – Streets of St. Petersburg – St. Petersburg, Fla.

April 7-9 – Streets of Long Beach – Long Beach, Calif.

April 28-30 – Virginia Int’l Raceway – Alton, Va.

May 19-21 – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – Bowmanville, Ontario

May 26-27 – Lime Rock Park – Lime Rock, Conn.

June 23-25 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wis.

July 28-30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio

Aug. 11-13 – Utah Motorsports Campus – Tooele, Utah

Sept. 1-3 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas

Sept. 15-17 – Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.

Oct. 13-15 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, Calif.