A month back when we were prepping ourselves for the Round 2 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, there was a strong feeling that we had a very exciting race weekend in store for us. And what a race it turned out to be; Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing picked up where they left off at the Rolex 24 at Daytona turned the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring into a two-car battle in the prototype class. It resulted in the second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship triumph of the season for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac. And more importantly a 1-2-3 for Cadillac, which is unbelievable. But considering that we are talking about one of the three major events that come to form the Triple Crown, the race weekend we got to witness turned out so good is no surprise at all.
But now it’s time to shift our focus to Austin, Texas, which is home to Circuit of the Americas, the fourth stop on IMSA’s 2017 race schedule. The last race that took place in Long Beach, California was full of race incidents from the very first lap all the way to the final turn. Not only did No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac score its third victory in a row, but IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship secured its best TV ratings in quite some time thanks to a live broadcast window on the FOX network. It also helped it reach the widest audience of any series that competed in Long Beach. This perfectly sets the stage for an interesting race weekend at Austin that begins on the 4th of May.
IMSA returns to Circuit of The Americas this year as a first-time headliner in Austin. The Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) is a very interesting circuit because it is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the US which not only is designed for any and all classes of racing but also hosts some of the most important racing events in the world including MotoGP and FIA World Endurance Championship. After the last three races, we can only expect the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend from May 4-6th to be just as exciting. To catch the race, you can tune-in to the action on 6th May from 7pm-10pm ET, with the entire race simulcast on FOX Sports GO. For more information on the race weekend including the entire schedule, you can go to their website by clicking here. It will be interesting to see if the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac makes it four out of four.