The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule for 2022 is a mirror image of everything he hoped to achieve before the impact of COVID-19. With consecutive cancellations of IMSA’s annual visit to Canada and further adjustments to the 2020 and 2021 schedules due to the pandemic, the series’ 2022 schedule is filled with hope that no changes will be necessary and that endurance racing fans can settle into familiar events at keystone circuits.
The familiar IMSA practice of using 12 venues to host its classes – with two specifically designed to showcase its GT races – and the change of some categories at different rounds continues.
The group of 12 world-class venues and events that have traditionally populated the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar returns in 2022.
“Five races – the four Michelin Endurance Cup events and the two hour and 40 minute Road America race scheduled for Sunday, August 7 – will include all five categories of the WeatherTech Championship,” IMSA wrote.
“Four-class races will take place on Sunday May 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (DPi, LMP2, GTD PRO and GTD); Sunday May 15 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (DPi, LMP2, LMP3 and GTD) and Sunday July 3 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (DPi, LMP3, GTD PRO and GTD). This will be the first WeatherTech Championship race at the CTMP since 2019 and for the GTD class it will award points only for the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.
“Three WeatherTech Championship classes – DPi, GTD PRO and GTD (Sprint Cup only) – will compete in the Long Beach 100 Minute Acura Grand Prix on Saturday April 9th. The 100-minute Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at the Belle Isle circuit in Detroit is set for Saturday, June 4 and will include the DPi and GTD classes. Lime Rock Park on Saturday July 16 and VIRginia International Raceway on Sunday August 28 will feature only the WeatherTech Championship GT classes in races of two hours and 40 minutes.
IMSA’s Pro-Am GTD class will be the busiest of the five categories in the WeatherTech Championship, and the series has chosen to continue the qualifying race format in its big pre-season test.
“In total, the GTD class will participate in 12 races – two of which are reserved for the Sprint Cup – with 10 races scheduled for the DPi and GTD PRO classes and seven races each for the LMP2 and LMP3 classes,” continued IMSA.
“The Roar Before the Rolex 24 also returns on the weekend of January 21-23 and will again feature a 100-minute qualifying race to set the grid for the Rolex 24 the following weekend. “
Some of the airing plans for the season opener have also been revealed.
“IMSA and NBC Sports officials have confirmed that the start and finish of the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona will be broadcast live on the NBC network,” IMSA said.
“The race start on Saturday, Jan. 29 moves until 1:30 p.m. ET with one hour on NBC, while the network will also broadcast the end of the race with two hours of coverage from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 30. A full 2022 programming schedule will be announced later.