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Old 26 Apr 2017, 19:59 (Ref:3729372)   #1
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2017 Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown(IMSA @ CoTA) - May 05-07



All 4 classes of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship take to the United States' only FIA Grade 1 circuit for a 2hr40min contest. However, this time on their own standalone weekend in May, as opposed to pairing up with the FIA World Endurance Championship in September, as has been since 2014.

Other IMSA sanctioned series competing over the weekend are the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA By Yokohama, and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

Broadcast Schedule for this race is super crap if you live in the US, with the race broadcast delayed til 7P Eastern. The race itself will run from 2:25p-5:15p Eastern.

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Entry List for WSC(40 cars)

Entry List for CTSCC(33 cars)

Entry List for GT3 Cup(23 cars)

Entry List for Lamborghini Super Trofeo(23 cars)

Event Schedule(at bottom of page)

Austin, TX Weekend Weather

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Track Graphics c/o RacingCircuits.info

Last Years Race:
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Post will be updated with Spotter Guide when it becomes available.
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Old 26 Apr 2017, 22:29 (Ref:3729383)   #2
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What a horrendous name!

However, thank you Advanced...... Auto parts ow! For sponsoring an IMSA event.
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Old 26 Apr 2017, 22:36 (Ref:3729384)   #3
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Hey, at least we've got race title sponsors.
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 02:12 (Ref:3729396)   #4
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IMSA just picked the worst weekend to do it. They are up against the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival. Good luck getting anyone to show up that weekend. It would be better to pick something like the Longhorns football home season opener. Just so you all know, they hate football in Texas and will look for any reason to avoid it at all costs.

For all of you Museum fans, the WEC will be the night before the Austin Museum Day. What better way to see the best in sportscar racing and finish it off with a museum trip.

As for PWC, it's free yoga day in Austin on the Monday after the race plus there's a Tri that same day.
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 12:47 (Ref:3729469)   #5
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no one cares john.
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 14:23 (Ref:3729482)   #6
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I think the crowd will be so large, that it will look like a WEC race!
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 15:41 (Ref:3729492)   #7
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Face it, fans don't like COTA, because of crappy management and scheduling, and road racing is a niche sport in the US. Unless one's a diehard sportscar fan, don't expect a lot of people to show up unless it's F1 or NASCAR. Which is the nature of motorsports in NA and most of the world, anyways outside of Le Mans for the road racing crowd.
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CotA should build a football field in the infield. Any high-school game in Texas gets more fans than any race. So .. sell package-deal tickets. No football without a race, sorry.
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Face it, fans don't like COTA, because of crappy management and scheduling, and road racing is a niche sport in the US. Unless one's a diehard sportscar fan, don't expect a lot of people to show up unless it's F1 or NASCAR. Which is the nature of motorsports in NA and most of the world, anyways outside of Le Mans for the road racing crowd.
Speak for yourself, more than a few people actually make their way to a race track occasionally. Just because it's not the top attended even it must be crap? Not everyone will like everything, just glad we still have racing.
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 18:20 (Ref:3729518)   #10
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Just be glad that COTA's still in business with some of the stuff that Epstein's pulled. And neither IMSA or the WEC will bring in crowds, because, as mentioned, road racing is a niche sport, while football is king in Texas. Not to mention that every road race at COTA is scheduled head to head with cultural events in the Austin area.
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IMSA will have a larger crowd than WEC.

Bet.
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 19:39 (Ref:3729529)   #12
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OK, I'll take the bet. You're on. Evidence will be screenshots of all the "fans".
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Old 27 Apr 2017, 19:56 (Ref:3729537)   #13
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Also bet that WEC will claim they got 55,000 over the weekend, as their standard race-to-race number in pressers.
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Even in the combined weekends, attendance for either race wasn't great. Both races were on a Saturday, in September in TX. That's football season, and even when it's hotter than hell, most people in the Austin area would rather do something else than watch sportscar race. That's IMSA or the WEC. I'd bet that most people in Austin don't care about either.

I know that IMSA trying to move to race to May is supposed to have the benefit of cooler weather, and no football season. But that's no guarantee for success. It's still spring, and Austin is a big cultural city. I wonder how PWC did when they had spring races at COTA? Probably no better than the WEC did in Sept. Not to mention that it's spring, and spring in TX often means rain, storms, and the occasional tornado. Dealing with the rain, much in various parts of the country right now, is like being drunk and blindfolded, and throwing darts.

And it's not like the Austin area is a road racing Mecca. Or motorsports in general. Only thing that COTA has going for it is F1 and it's the only active FIA Grade 1 track in the US. Granted, the latter is more of a WEC issue (their fetish for Grade 1 facilities and infrastructure outside of Le Mans), but it's either COTA or Indy GP for Grade 1 tracks for IMSA or the WEC.

Personally, I'd like to see IMSA return to Mid-Ohio or return the prototypes to VIR, and the WEC give up on COTA and bite the bullet and run Road America (no too far away from either Milwaukee or Chicago), Road Atlanta, or Sebring. Though all of that on all fronts right now is a pipe dream.
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IMSA will trounce WEC fan numbers at COTA. Not a chance WEC will match the national series. Same reason IndyCar and NASCAR trump F1 numbers.
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