IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has slightly reduced the LMP2 calendar for 2019.
It was originally the plan to run a 10-race schedule, parallel to the DPi cars, but the series has now opted to remove Long Beach and Detroit from the calendar.
The two races clash with the ELMS opening round at Paul Ricard and the Le Mans test day, so potential LMP2 could would have risked missing those any, if they were busy elsewhere.
The LMP2 category got a huge punch in the guts, when CORE autosport announced their switch to DPi with an Onroak Nissan, instead of their previously announced ORECA LMP2 programme.
That makes only PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports and Performance Tech Motorsports likely to participate in the LMP2 category throughout the 2019 season. They will be joined by two DragonSpeed entries for the Daytona 24 hours race, plus RLR MSport having plans of bringing a single entry. We have to see if that gets expanded, or if they will only do that single race for now.
The LMP2 schedule will consist of Daytona, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, CTMP, Road America, Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta – Petit Le Mans.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts on 4-6 January with the ROAR before the 24 test, while the Rolex 24 at Daytona race will be run on 26-27 January.