The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is the premier open-wheel auto racing series in North America.
The series features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, permanent road courses temporary street circuits, such as The Raceway at Belle Isle Park.
The season, which runs from March to September, currently consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada, and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge held annually in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Belle Isle hosts the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2020 series schedule, with two full points-paying championship races on back-to-back days in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader.
For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.IndyCar.com
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA)
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is North America's premiere sports car endurance racing series. Competitors from across the globe compete for honors at some of the most historic and iconic race tracks in North America. The series features a total of four classes: Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM), and GT Daytona (GTD) racing at the same time at most races, driven by many of the world's best road racers. The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Belle Isle includes the DPi and GTD classes.
The DPi class features the fastest and most technologically advanced cars in North America. DPi cars from manufacturers such as Acura, Cadillac and Mazda are specifically designed and engineered for the race track. While unique in appearance, the technology being developed in the DPi category is relevant and directly tied to manufacturers' R&D initiatives. The GTD cars are enhanced by technology and utilize the global FIA GT3 technical specifications. The GTD class consists of cars from leading manufacturers such as Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.
The 12-race 2020 WeatherTech Championship schedule is highlighted by endurance races such as the around-the-clock season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
To help fans follow the on-track action, IMSA uses a Leader Light System. It allows fans to easily identify the position of each car in its respective class.
The position of the car is displayed on an LED panel mounted on the side of the car and the color of the LED number corresponds with the class. Each of the four WeatherTech Championship classes has a unique color for its number panels and digital position indicators.
The Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class has black number panels with white lights for its position indicators.
The Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class has blue number panels and position lights, with the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class using red number panels and position lights.
The GT Daytona (GTD) class has green number panels and position indicators.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli (Trans Am)
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is America’s Road Racing Series and it dates back to 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series. Drivers including Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. have all won multiple championships under the Trans Am name.
While Trans Am will always be dedicated to honoring its history and legacy, it is far from simply living in the past. Since the addition of the Trans Am Race Company, LLC in late 2011, Trans Am has experienced unprecedented growth as a new class based model has been implemented. Now, four distinct classes take center stage in the series—TA, XGT, TA2, SGT and GT while Trans Am is positioned to power into the future, not live in the past.
In just a few short years, a very different Trans Am has emerged. A Trans Am that features 70-plus car grids populated by Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and Corvettes— a massive dose of pure Americana, with just a touch of nostalgia. While it may be tempting to label this the ‘new Trans Am,’ it is more of a return to the true Trans Am. The way it should always be.
Trans Am is now powered by relevant, practical and purposeful racing platforms that highlight driver talent and generate organic series growth. That competition platform is paired with a dedication to teams and drivers with a true passion for their sport. In turn, numerous partners have joined us on this remarkable journey, helping bring Trans Am, once more, to the national stage—showcasing the action to a growing and dedicated audience on CBS Sports Network.
The Trans Am TA2 class will once again compete on Belle Isle in 2020, with the Muscle Car Challenge on Saturday of race weekend followed by the Motor City Dash on Sunday.
The Historic Trans-Am series features some of the most iconic cars from one of the greatest eras of American road racing history. Featuring such cars as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird, Ford Falcon, Plymouth Barracuda and more, the Historic Trans-Am series reconnects fans with the legendary Motor City muscle production cars that they represent on track.
In 2020, these historic cars will race for the first time on Belle Isle. The Historic Trans-Am Series will race on both Saturday and Sunday at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, competing in the actual cars that were raced in the Golden Era of Trans Am Series competition from 1966 to 1972, by some of racing’s legendary drivers. Only cars with actual Trans Am Series race history from this era participate in today’s Historic Trans-Am Series. Among the cars expected to compete at Belle Isle are: the 1968 and 1969 Team Penske Chevrolet Camaros originally driven by Mark Donohue, the 1969 and 1970 Boss Ford Mustangs originally driven by Parnelli Jones and George Follmer and the 1970 Dodge Challenger originally driven by Sam Posey.
In 2020, the Historic Trans-Am Series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Trans Am season, which marked the peak of the Detroit auto manufacturers involvement in the series.