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IMSA unveils its 2021 schedule, competition changes for next season

IMSA 2021 schedule

#10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DPi, DPi: Renger Van Der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi takes the checkered flag

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UPDATE: IMSA has moved the Long Beach and Laguna Seca rounds, rescheduled VIR to October and the season finale to November, announced its Detroit round as June 11-12 and added a second race at Watkins Glen International while canceling its Canadian Tire Motorsport Park round for the second consecutive year.

IMSA released its 2021 schedule for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which will be contested over 12 rounds next season.

The season will open with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on the Jan. 28-31 weekend (directly preceded as previously announced by the Roar before the Rolex test session) and conclude Nov. 10-13 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (which originally was Oct. 6-9).

The sports car series also announced several competition changes for next season:

--A fifth class will be added with LMP3 joining DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD for six races.

--A new championship structure will increase points awarded by a factor of 10 with a victory now worth 350 points (previously 35). Points still are awarded from first to 30th.

--Points also will be awarded for qualifying at 10 percent of the total (35 points for a pole). Qualifying points are awarded to all drivers in each car.

--The qualifying format for LMP2, LMP3 and GTD will be broken into two segments and split between amateur and professional drivers.

Here’s the IMSA schedule for the 2021 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship:

--Jan. 28-31, 2021: Daytona

--March 17-20: Sebring

--May 14-16: Mid-Ohio

--June 11-12: Detroit

--June 24-27: Watkins Glen

--July 2: Watkins Glen

--July 16-17: Lime Rock

--Aug. 6-8: Road America

--Sept. 10-12: Laguna Seca

--Sept. 24-26: Long Beach

--Oct. 8-10: VIR

--Nov. 10-13: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta