Complete 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule Announced
WC Vision announced the complete 2014 Pirelli World Challenge schedule at its annual State of the Series Meeting held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. GT/GTS classes will compete across nine event weekends with a total of 16 races, while TC/TCB classes will compete across seven event weekends and a total of 14 races. The 2014 season marks the 25th anniversary for the series.
As previously announced, the GT/GTS classes will begin their 2014 season on the Streets of St. Petersburg (March 28-30), part of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with stops at Long Beach (Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach), Detroit (Grand Prix of Detroit), Road America (with NASCAR Nationwide Series), Toronto (Honda Indy Toronto) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Honda Indy 200). Newly announced dates include Barber Motorsports Park in April (with IndyCar), Sonoma Raceway in August (with IndyCar) and the season finale in September at Miller Motorsports Park.
TC/TCB classes begin their 2014 season at Barber, April 25-27, with stops thereafter at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (May), New Jersey Motorsports Park (late May), Road America (June), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (August), Brainerd International Raceway (late August), with the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park (September).
"I am truly humbled by the progress of our series to be invited to participate at such great events, and to attract such depth in team and driver talent," said Scott Bove, President and CEO, Pirelli World Challenge. "All of us at the Pirelli World Challenge Championships are looking forward to a tremendous 25th anniversary season."
"I'm quite excited because we have some very high profile tracks on the 2014 schedule," said Rafael Navarro, VP Communications, Media Relations & Motorsports, Pirelli Tire North America "Everyone looks forward to going to St. Petersburg to kick off the season, and I'm a big fan of Long Beach being a SoCal boy, that's an event that is near and dear to my heart. We are really looking forward to going to some different venues in 2014 such as Road America, it's a tremendous track and we look forward to some great racing there. As well, I'm really anticipating next year because of the 25th anniversary of the series and some exciting plans that Pirelli is planning to roll out to honor the anniversary."
"It's always great to start the season at St. Petersburg, it's an awesome venue and the fans there are always so enthusiastic," said John Kraemer, Cadillac V-Series Racing Marketing Manager. "And to get an opportunity to go to Barber Motorsports Park and Road America to showcase the series and Cadillac will be great. We are looking forward to the 2014 season and to defending our championship against some tough competition."
2014 Pirelli World Challenge Championships Schedule
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL
GT/GTS Rounds 1 and 2, with IndyCar – street/airport circuit **
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
GT/GTS Round 3, with IndyCar – street circuit *
Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
GT/GTS Rounds 4 and 5, TC/TCB Rounds 1 and 2, with IndyCar – permanent road course **
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
TC/TCB Rounds 3 and 4, with Trans-Am Series – permanent road course **
May 30–June 1
Grand Prix of Detroit, Detroit, MI
GT/GTS Rounds 6 and 7, with IndyCar – street circuit **
May 30–June 1
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ
TC/TCB Rounds 5 and 6, with Trans-Am Series and ARCA – permanent road course **
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
GT/GTS Round 8 and 9, TC/TCB Rounds 7 and 8, with NASCAR Nationwide Series – permanent road course **
Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GT/GTS Rounds 10 and 11, with IndyCar – street circuit **
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
GT/GTS Rounds 12 and 13, TC/TCB Rounds 9 and 10, with IndyCar – permanent road course **
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA
GT/GTS Rounds 14 and 15, with IndyCar – permanent road course **
Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN
TC/TCB Rounds 11 and 12, with Trans-Am Series – permanent road course **
Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
GT/GTS Round 16, TC/TCB Rounds 13 and 14, with K&N NASCAR – permanent road course **
** denotes double race weekend * denotes single race weekend