Pirelli World Challenge Announces 2015 Schedule
Denver, Colorado - After a record-setting 25th anniversary 2014 season, WC Vision today announced the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Championships schedule featuring 10 weekends, including five standalone events. Next year's schedule includes events across North America at some of the world's most challenging and legendary permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. All standalone races will also feature TC/TCA/TCB rounds, with one further event still to-be-announced.
The series opens up its 2015 season at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX, March 6-8. All classes (GT/GT-A/GT Cup, GTS, TC/TCA/TCB) will be racing as part of a series headliner event weekend at the world-class 3.4-mile circuit.
From Austin, GT, GT-A, GT Cup and GTS teams head to St. Petersburg, FL March 27-29, to run alongside IndyCar as part of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
It's the 'Roar by the Shore' April 17-19 as GT, GT-A and GT Cup competitors travel to Long Beach, CA to compete as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. A week later, GT/GT-A/GT Cup competitors as well as GTS competitors will be running as part of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, April 24-26, near Birmingham, AL.
May 15-17 all classes head north of the border to run at the challenging high speed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, ON co-headlining with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest. From CTMP, all competitors head to Wisconsin June 26-28, as the series returns to Elkhart Lake's legendary four-mile, 14-turn Road America.
In late July (July 31-Aug. 2), GT/GT-A/GT Cup and GTS teams travel to Lexington, OH to compete at the scenic 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, co-headlining with the IndyCar series as part of the Honda Indy 200.
The series then heads back out west for the final three event weekends to close out the 2015 season. August 21-23, all classes have a return date at picturesque and challenging Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
August 28-30, GT/GT-A/GT Cup and GTS competitors return to California's beautiful 2.52-mile road course at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA along with IndyCar as part of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend.
The 2015 season finale weekend is set for a return appearance at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course on California's beautiful central coast - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Salinas, CA September 11-13. The weekend season finale is a series headliner event.
"I'm confident our 2015 season will continue to build on our record-breaking 2014 season," said Scott Bove, President and CEO, WC Vision/Pirelli World Challenge. "We had record TV viewership this past season that was seven times higher than in 2013. Additionally, on the digital side, our YouTube channel garnered over 300,000 views and fans have watched close to 3 million minutes of Pirelli World Challenge racing coverage on the channel. World-challenge.com had over 1.2 million page views with close to 200,000 visitors frequenting the site, roughly of which 60% are new visitors. The series' Facebook page is one of the largest in motorsports and has over 610,000 Likes and the engagement/interaction level of our fans on the page has quintupled.