IMSA Tracks Are Opening up Seating and Paddock Access
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fans, rejoice. You have greater access to tickets and even the race paddock at some upcoming events on the schedule.
With restrictions for public gatherings beginning to be lifted around the nation, three upcoming venues on the IMSA calendar – Detroit’s Belle Isle, Watkins Glen International and Road America – have announced moves geared for greater fan participation and enjoyment.
Detroit Grand Prix Puts More Tickets on Sale, Opens Paddock
Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear officials have opened up full grandstand seating for the event that includes the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic – the WeatherTech Championship race on Saturday, June 12. Additional tickets for the June 11-13 race weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park are on sale at DetroitGP.com/tickets. The Detroit Grand Prix also announced that all ticketholders will have free access to the paddock, where WeatherTech Championship and IndyCar Series teams are stationed for the weekend.
“We are so excited that we will be able to welcome more fans back to Belle Isle to experience the grand prix June 11-13 with the restrictions on outdoor venues being lifted in the state of Michigan,” said Michael Montri, President of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. “With vaccinations continuing and positivity rates improving across the state, this is another strong indication that we are moving in a positive direction in Michigan.”
The Detroit event will continue to follow current health and safety guidelines in place in Michigan and total attendance still will be reduced in 2021 as organizers remain focused on hosting a safe and entertaining event.
Socially spaced reserved grandstand seating for the Detroit Grand Prix had already sold out. Fans may still purchase general admission tickets now, as well as reserve additional free reserved grandstand seats for Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 11. Additional reserved grandstand seats go on sale Monday, May 31.
Watkins Glen Selling General Admission for Both IMSA Weekends
Watkins Glen International announced general admission access for its back-to-back WeatherTech Championship weekends, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen from June 24-27 and the IMSA WeatherTech 240 on July 1-2. To purchase tickets or for additional information on either race weekend, call 866-461-RACE or visit TheGlen.com.
Attending fans will need to maintain social distance from guests not in their party due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with New York state guidelines. The Glen will operate with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for fans, competitors and staff.
“With the recent updated guidance from Gov. Cuomo’s office, we are excited to officially welcome fans for our IMSA events this season,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “Given the immense size of our property, our general admission guests can easily be distanced, providing our regular capacity crowd the memorable experiences and exciting on-track action they are accustomed to at The Glen.”
All Watkins Glen guests will be screened before entering the facility, receive a temperature check upon arrival and be required to wear face coverings when unable to socially distance. Multiple handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the operating areas and entrances.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen features the third endurance race of the 2021 WeatherTech Championship season. Other IMSA series on tap over the June 24-27 weekend include the Michelin Pilot Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup North America and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. The IMSA WeatherTech 240 schedule also includes competition in the Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge, ahead of the two-hour, 40-minute WeatherTech Championship race that climaxes two days of nonstop action from July 1-2.
Road America Opens Paddock for All General Admission Ticketholders
Wisconsin’s Road America is the site of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend from Aug. 5-8 that boasts a full slate of IMSA action: the WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup North America, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
General admission tickets are on sale at roadamerica.com, and each ticket includes free access to the paddock. Children 16 and under are admitted free to the track with a paying adult.
“We are fortunate that our fans understood the situation we faced last season, and now they have the opportunity to get closer to the action at Road America,” said Mike Kertscher, Road America’s President and General Manager. “So don’t wait, get your tickets online now, print them at home and get ready for an action-packed summer at America’s National Park of Speed.”
Check out the entire 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule here.