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Long Beach is Third Event on 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

SONOMA, Calif. – The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be the third race on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championships schedule as revealed by WC Vision, producer of the North American GT Production-based road racing series.

For 2018, the Pirelli World Challenge season will host at least eleven weekends through North America including the traditional venues like the Streets of St. Petersburg, Circuit Of The Americas (COTA), Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Lime Rock Park, Road America and Utah Motorsports Campus.

In addition, two PWC weekends are set in July and September with dates and sites to be announced soon.

“After the success of this year’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX and Sprint formats, several additional venues have inquired about hosting PWC races in 2018,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision. “We are excited to be back at most of our traditional tracks and dates but I think you might also see some other venues added to the PWC schedule. We are still in negotiations with additional sites and I will have more information soon.”

“As we enter our 29th PWC campaign, we want to thank many of North America’s most iconic and legendary road racing venues in bringing the best GT Production-based racing to their racing facilities in 2018. We expect another outstanding season in 2018 for the fans, teams, drivers and sponsors.”

The complete class participation for each PWC weekend will be announced in the coming weeks as GT single-driver sprint events will continue to run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series weekends. The IndyCar Series venues are being determined for the Sprint races but currently include St. Petersburg (March 9-11), Long Beach (April 13-15) and Road America (June 22-24). All except Long Beach will be doubleheader weekends.

In the five PWC headliner races, COTA (March 24-26), VIR (April 27-29), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (May 18-20), Lime Rock Park (May 25-26) and Utah Motorsports Campus (Aug. 10-12) feature all seven racing divisions.

The Pirelli World Challenge finale again will take place at legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a unique weekend set for racers and fans on Oct. 19-21. Working in conjunction with the popular European-based SRO Blancpain GT Series, the SRO Motorsports Group Intercontinental GT Challenge will include an eight-hour GT endurance contest with GT3 and GT4 machines and the Touring Car final doubleheader weekend.

2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

March 9-11Streets of St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg, Fla.
March 23-25Circuit Of The Americas (COTA)Austin, Texas
April 13-15Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachLong Beach, Calif.
April 27-29Virginia International RacewayAlton, Va.
May 18-20Canadian Tire Motorsport ParkBowmanville, Ont., CAN
May 25-26Lime Rock ParkLakeville, Conn.
June 22-24Road AmericaElkhart Lake, Wis.
August 10-12Utah Motorsports CampusGrantsville, Utah
October 19-21Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
(with SRO Interncontinental GT Challenge)
Salinas, Calif.