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Here's the schedule. It's not clear on this graphic but the 2-3 Jun is the Detroit GP, Belle Isle Park (Detroit), MI.

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And, as released 22 Dec, the broadcast schedule (lifted from this article):

2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Television / Streaming Schedule
Date Event/Venue Channel Times (All Times ET)

Jan. 28-29 Rolex 24 At Daytona
FOX 2 – 5 p.m. Sat.
FS2 5 – 10 p.m. Sat.
FS2 11 p.m. Sat. – 12:30 p.m. Sun.
FS1 12:30 – 3 p.m. Sun.
FSGO* 2 p.m. Sat. – 3 p.m. Sun.

March 18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
FS1 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
FSGO* 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

April 8 Long Beach
FOX 4 – 6 p.m.

May 6 Circuit of The Americas
FS2 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

June 3 Detroit
FS2 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

July 2 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
FS1 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FS2 1 – 4:30 p.m.
FSGO* 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

July 9 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
FS1 5 – 8 p.m.

July 22 Northeast Grand Prix
FS2 3 – 6 p.m.

Aug. 6 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
FS1 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 27 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
FS1 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
FS1 5 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 7 Petit Le Mans
FS1 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
FS2 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
FS2 5 – 9:30 p.m.
FSGO* 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: Broadcast dates and times subject to change * – FOX Sports GO with FS1 authentication
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So which one to go to? hmmmm
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It ain't gonna be Mid-Ohio. That's sad......
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Here's hoping the DPi cars are interesting. Haven't heard, yet, whether anyone is planning to run a standard ACO/FIA homologated P2 instead.
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Penske closing in on sportscar return (racer.com)
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Team Penske's return to sports car racing continues to gain momentum.

Roger Penske and team president Tim Cindric have made numerous comments regarding their interest in joining forces with a manufacturer to rejoin North American prototype racing, and according to Cindric, the sight of Penske transporters in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship paddock could soon become a reality.

"I feel like there's enough interest out there from manufacturers that we're planning as though we're going to be part [of DPi]," Cindric told RACER. "The specifics of which brand we'd use has yet to be seen, but all that could change tomorrow."

Rumors continue to link Penske with an ORECA-built Honda Daytona Prototype international effort for late 2017 or early 2018, and whether it's an alliance with the Japanese brand or another manufacturer, Cindric is inspired by the momentum building around DPi.

"There's enough interest from manufacturers for what IMSA's putting together in North America with DPi to be encouraged," he said. "And with the amount of manufacturers that seem to have an interest to get in either next year or the year after, I've never been more optimistic we're going to be able to put ourselves back in the sports car world in the next few years."

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Although the championship-winning organization is best known for its IndyCar and NASCAR programs, Penske's team made its start in sports car racing 50 years ago at Daytona. More recently, as the backbone behind Porsche's return to prototype racing, Penske Racing secured three consecutive American Le Mans Series LMP2 titles with the brand's RS Spyder from 2006-2008 (above).

Penske switched to a Porsche-powered Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype effort in 2009 while awaiting the German brand's decision on whether it would enter LMP1 competition, and once that topic was tabled, the Porsche DP program was scuttled at the end of the season.

Penske has been clear about his lack of interest in GT competition, and with the emergence of IMSA's DPi formula, the chance to play a central role in representing a manufacturer in prototype racing (without assembling another massive RS Spyder-style operation) has been appealing.

"It wouldn't be like the Porsche days where we were part of their infrastructure," Cindric said. "I almost look at [DPi] as a modern IndyCar model for sports cars. There's an aero kit for each manufacturer and an engine that's provided to use in a common platform. In IndyCar there's obviously only one chassis and in DPi there's four, but it's still about the OEM providing a homologated and ready engine and bodywork that has been developed for the car.

"The race team brings expertise and could maybe help at design level while the car's coming together, but ultimately, it's on the manufacturer to produce a ready product to use. In anything we do in DPi, our role would be as a race team more than a manufacturer resource like we've been in the past."

Provided a Team Penske DPi program comes together and it holds an interest for Juan Pablo Montoya, the two-time Indy 500 winner could be a prime candidate to lead the team. Penske's Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 winner and former ALMS RS Spyder pilot, has also been connected to a future with the team in sports cars once he calls time on his open-wheel career.
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Look who signed on for the GT Daytona class for 2017

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Mercedes-AMG is coming to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-AMG unveiled its plans on Wednesday morning to join the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Riley Motorsports will race two Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in the GT Daytona class.

One of the team's cars will run as AMG-Team Riley Motorsports, and the other as WeatherTech Racing.

Additional teams are expected to race the Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars as customer teams.


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That's strange, I thought the GTD equivalent cars were GT4, not GT3...maybe I'm thinking about GT4s in PWC.
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Ford Planning Four-Car Rolex 24 Effort (sportscar365.com)
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Following its 24 Hours of Le Mans triumph last June, Ford is pulling out all the stops in quest of class victory in another twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, with the American manufacturer planning a four-car Ford GT effort for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Sportscar365 has learned that Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is preparing to enter all four of its cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener on Jan. 28-29, in what would mark the team’s biggest single-class, single-race effort in North America.

While a formal commitment or announcement has not yet been made, it’s understood preparations are underway, with the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship cars expected to be shipped to the U.S. following next weekend’s season finale in Bahrain for pre-race preparations.
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The best I have it figured out
IMSA has GT LeMans, which are a class to themselves. The GT Daytona cars are GT3s. Continental GS cars are GT4s.
PWC GT cars are GT3s. GTS cars are GT4 cars.

Ford also released a GT4 Mustang that is just about the same as the GT 350 R C. The customer car should more Mustangs running in Continental and PWC
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