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IMSA endurance race coming to IMS in 2024

Jan 10, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has added another endurance race to its 2024 calendar.

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which sanctions the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, released their 2024 schedule on Aug. 4. In the schedule release, the Battle on the Bricks was moved to the penultimate round of the championship and will be held Sept. 20-22 of next year.

One of the biggest changes made to the new IMSA schedule was adding an endurance round at IMS. IMSA's visit next year will be a six-hour long race along the 2.439-mile interior road course. It will also be the fourth leg of the Michelin Endurance Cup, which is a championship within the championship focused on races six hours or longer.

“A six-hour event in 2024 is the evolution of the return of exciting IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racing to IMS that we all wanted to happen,” said Doug Boles, president of IMS.

All four classes of cars (GTP, LMP2, GTD Pro, and GTD) will participate in next year's race, down one class from this year. The LMP3 class will race this year's race, but will be absent next year as the class is set to be scrapped by the sanctioning body.

The 2023 race will be the first IMSA race at the Brickyard since 2014. The series previously held races at the track as part of the "Super Weekend" at the Brickyard from 2012-2014.

This year's race will be a 2 hour and 40 minute race and will be held Sept. 15-17.

“We can’t wait for the inaugural Battle on the Bricks this Sept. 15-17, which will be a great new major event for our fans at the Racing Capital of the World. And next year, the additional strategies and action of endurance racing will add even more excitement. Sports car racing has a bright present and future at IMS," said Boles.