Thursday, November 1, 2012

ChumpCar World Series releases 2013 schedule

As planned, ChumpCar World Series director John Condren released the series' 2013 schedule today last night (due to East Coast-related server difficulties). The series will run 38 endurance events with some new formats and new tracks.

See the schedule and some brief analysis after the jump.

February 9: Road Atlanta (Braselton, GA),14 Hours
February 16-17: Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, CA), Double 7

March 16-17: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit (Hallett, OK), Double 7
March 30: Virginia International Raceway South Course (Alton, VA), 10 Hours
March 31: Laguna Seca (Monterrey, CA), 8 Hours

April 12-14: Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, NY), 5-Hour/7.5-Hour/7.5-Hour)
April 13-14: Portland International Raceway (Portland, OR), Double 7
April 20-21: Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI), Double 7
April 20-21: Buttonwillow Raceway Park (Buttonwillow, CA), Double 7
April 27-28: Pueblo Raceway (Pueblo, CO), Double 7

May 25: St. Eustache Motor Circuit (St. Eustache, Quebec, Canada), 12 Hours
May 26: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL), 14 Hours

June 8: Gingerman Raceway (South Haven, MI), Double 7
June 15-16: Heartland Park (Topeka, KS), 24 Hours
June 22: Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC), 14 Hours
June 22-23: Texas World Speedway (College Station, TX), Double 7

July 5-7: Spokane County Raceway (Airway Heights, WA),  36 Hours
July 13: Nelson Ledges Road Course (Garrettsville, OH),  12 Hours
July 20-21: Brainerd International Raceway (Brainerd, MN),  Double 7
July 27-28: Shannonville Motorsport Park (Belleville, ON, Canada), Double 7

August 9-11: Virginia International Raceway Grand Course (Alton, VA), 24 Hours
August 24-25: Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, MI), Double 7
August 24-25: The Ridge Motorsports Park (Shelton, WA), 10-Hour/6-Hour
August TBA: Ensenada Street Circuit (Ensenada, Mexico), Sprint races

September 7-8: High Plains Raceway (Deer Plains, CO), 12-Hour/6-Hour
September 14-15: Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX), Double 7
September 21-22: Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, IL), 12-Hour/6-Hour
September 28: Sebring International Raceway (Sebring, FL), 14 Hours
September 28-29: Calabogie Motorsports Park (Calabogie, ON, Canada), Double 7

October 5-6: Pittsburgh International Raceway (Wampum, PA), 12-Hour/6-Hour
October 19-20: Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI), Double 7
October 26-27: Portland International Raceway (Portland, OR), 2-Hour/6-Hour
October TBA: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, ON, Canada), 8-Hour

November 2-3: Atlanta Motorsports Park (Dawson, GA), Double 7
November 2-3: Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, CA), Double 8

December 7-8: Sears Point (Sonoma, CA), Double 8
December 7-8: Virginia International Raceway North Course (Alton, VA) Double 7
December 14: TBA Track in Texas, Double 7

The 2013 schedule sees many tracks and formats that are traditionally part of the CCWS canon: Portland International, Shannonville and Auto Club. However, a number of items stand out:

- The biggest addition is almost certainly Watkins Glen in April. The historic track will also host a first in crapcan racing: a three-day event with five hours of racing on Friday followed by seven-and-a-half hours each on Saturday and Sunday.

- Speaking of new formats, the series will stretch its annual 24-hour race in Spokane to 36 hours, making it the longest endurance race in the world. According to Condren, the Guinness Book of World Records will on hand to verify this record.

- ChumpCar returns to VIR with an additional race this year (making three total), running each of the track's configurations in three different formats: 10 Hours (South Course), 24 Hours (Grand Course) and Double 7 (North Course).

- New country-club track Atlanta Motorsports Park will allow Chump's crapcans to soil its new, pristine surface in November.

-In the Midwest, the series returns to Gingerman Raceway for the first time since 2010. However, the Longest Day race at Nelson Ledges has been moved from October to July and shortened to 12 hours.

- The historic St. Eustache Circuit in Quebec is an interesting add with its one-mile road course. The autodrome's 0.40-mile oval track is a staple of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Speaking of Canadian Tires, ChumpCar will also travel north of the border to hold a race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly known as Mosport).

- After a successful trip to Ensenada in 2012, Chump will also head south of the border in 2013 to Ensenada.

- Perhaps most intriguing is the TBA date in Texas. With no date on the schedule for Eagles Canyon or MSR-Houston, it's possible that either of those will be the track in question. It's a long shot, but there's also some new track in the state that's supposed to a big deal. It does make one wonder what the FIA would think of crapcan racing if they ever lowered the nose enough to look down on it.

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