TCR category new option for teams in 2018
The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will become a three-class series in 2018 as the TCR (Touring Car Racing) class makes its debut alongside the traditional Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) categories.
The addition of the third class comes as the GS class adopts complete GT4 technical regulations along with the continuation of the popular ST category.
The TCR class is expected to be positioned between GS and ST in terms of performance level with its concept based on production-based 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with no more than 350 horsepower. The cars will also feature a 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifting. All cars are produced by mainstream manufacturers with relevance in North America with either four or five doors, and front wheel drive.
Fully homologated by WSC (World Sporting Consulting), current TCR manufacturers in North America include: Audi, Ford, Honda, Alfa Romeo, Kia, Subaru and Volkswagen.
The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will once again campaign a 10-race championship in 2018, with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course returning to the schedule for the first time since 2013. Each race will be two hours in length with the exception of Daytona and Watkins Glen which will each feature a four-hour endurance event.
All three classes will race on Continental Tire’s ExtremeContact Dry and ExtremeContact Wet tires. The upcoming Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season marks the ninth year the series has raced on these tires with rave reviews by drivers and teams alike. The ExtremeContact line of tires also extends to the street and includes the ExtremeContact Sport (summer, ultra-high performance tire) and ExtremeContact DWS06 (all-season, ultra-high performance tire).