Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Host Indianapolis 8 Hours as Grand Finale for GT World Challenge America in 2020

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Host Indianapolis 8 Hours as Grand Finale for GT World Challenge America in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – At its annual press conference at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, SRO Motorsports Group announced today that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli on October 1st through 4th, 2020 in conjunction with its North American series, GT World Challenge America. 

The Indianapolis 8 Hours will build upon the foundation SRO created with the California 8 Hours, but will combine the two series for the first time in an epic endurance classic at the Racing Capital of the World. The best International GT teams will battle GT World Challenge America teams to enhance the exciting #IntGTC schedule that also features the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Total 24 Hours of Spa, Suzuka 10 Hours, and Kyalami 9 Hour.

“We are excited to be bringing our leading brand of GT3 competition to the world-famous Brickyard,” said SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO, Stephane Ratel. “What better way to close out our 2020 season than at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – a track with such prestige and historical significance.”

“Our loyal fans will love the ultra-competitive action of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America when it comes to IMS in October 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The global endurance format featuring the world’s best GT drivers and teams guarantees fast and furious action from the start all the way to the checkered flag. Plus, there’s an incredible array of machinery on track from so many prestige manufacturers – it’s a car enthusiast’s dream weekend.”

The world’s only global GT3 championship – the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli – celebrates its fifth season in 2020 racing on five continents. The series’ purpose couldn’t be simpler: reward the manufacturer and drivers who achieve the best collective results in the world’s greatest endurance events.

With the Indianapolis 8 Hours included in the 2020 GT World Challenge America schedule, this will be the series’ first long-distance endurance race that will count toward the Championship in recent decades. This season, GT World Challenge America refreshed the series to feature a two-driver pairing in 90-min SprintX races with full-service pit stops. SRO America continues to show growth and strong fields to offer the best GT racing in North America. 

Both series feature race-bred GT3-specification supercars. 11 manufacturers – Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche – currently compete across the two championships.

In addition, the Indianapolis weekend will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, and TC America series will crown its Champions as they cross the world famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line over the race weekend. 

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SRO Motorsports Group – The global leader in GT racing

With more than 25 years’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established international leader in GT racing.

Best known for the development and implementation of the GT3 and GT4 regulations, SRO promotes and organises championships that embrace professional and amateur competitors. Its portfolio of highly regarded series spans Europe, America and Asia, while its flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge features events on five different continents. 

The 2019 season will see more than 100 races run under the SRO Motorsports Group banner, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa. In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates SRO Race Centre by MMC – a high-level technical centre at Circuit Paul Ricard – and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned facilities through Curbstone Track Events. 

SRO Motorsports Group is chaired by company founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. With offices in London, Paris, Liège, Austin, and Hong Kong, its work is facilitated by a dedicated global team of full-time and freelance staff.

Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO is ready to play a key role in shaping the future of international GT racing.