COTA Returns To GT World Challenge Calendar

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Circuit of the Americas will return to the GT World Challenge America calendar next season.
Circuit of the Americas will return to the GT World Challenge America calendar next season.

AUSTIN, Texas – After extensive discussions with team owners and stakeholders, SRO Motorsports America has announced the return of Circuit of the Americas to the schedule to kick-off the new season.

The series will stick with a six-round championship and the Indianapolis 8 Hours will now become a voluntary event for GT World Challenge America teams.

“After announcing the reduced schedule, we received a lot of feedback from our teams and partners eager to keep COTA,” said Staci Langham, GT Series Manager at SRO America. “We’re excited to continue to open the season in Austin and thank all our teams and drivers for their continued feedback and support. Even with the Indy 8 Hours as a non-points event, we have great interest from our paddock to participate in the Intercontinental GT Challenge endurance race.”

The season will see the sports car series compete across a six race weekend schedule at North America’s top road courses kicking off at Circuit of the Americas on March 7-8. The updated schedule will feature:

March 7-8 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
May 16-17 – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – Bowmanville, Ontario
June 6-7 – Virginia Int’l Raceway – Alton, Va.
August 8-9, Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.
August 29-30, Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Sept. 19-20, Watkins Glen Int’l – Watkins Glen, N.Y.

GT World Challenge America teams and drivers are invited to compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 2-4 when the iconic Brickyard hosts round four of 2020’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.

For 2020, updates to the class structure in GT World Challenge America will follow key learnings from other SRO operated series. The new season will feature Pro-Am, Silver, and Am categories. Pro-Am pairings will be limited to a Platinum or Gold Pro and a Bronze Am. While Silver will feature two Silver rated drivers with Bronze featuring two Bronze rated drivers.