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Dagys/Sportscar365: WEC Links Up with Formula V8 3.5; 2017 Schedule Details Emerge: http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/wec-link-up-with-formula-v8-3-5-announced-details-emerge-on-2017-schedule/


Austin and Shanghai are the only events not confirmed for 2017. V8 3.5 series joining WEC for 6 events, including Mexico, Bahrain, and Fuji, but not including Austin. Hmmm....doesn't look good.

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Following news that WEC is not confirmed for 2017 at COTA, Pirelli World Challenge confirms move from March to Labor Day Weekend for 2017 Austin stop.


Pirelli World Challenge - PWC: Series confirms 2017 schedule, SRO enduro http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/132583-pwc-series-confirms-2017-schedule-sro-enduro





Also...Creventic Planning 24-Hour Race at COTA for 2017 - Sportscar365 http://sportscar365.com/gt/24hseries/creventic-planning-24-hour-race-at-cota-for-2017/



ETA: Intercontinental GT Challenge was moved from COTA to Laguna Seca. Didn't see that the first time I skimmed it. It doesn't say there'll be no IGTC event at COTA, but it sure doesn't look like there will be. I suspected as much when they cancelled the event they had scheduled here for 2016. So...all these pieces really make it seem unlikely to me that WEC will return to COTA in 2017, unless they do it in the spring and are still finalizing that...


OBTW, those PWC boys might be in for a surprise on Labor Day weekend. It's a helluva lot hotter here that weekend than it is at the beginning of March (when it can actually be pretty chilly). It's typically at or near 100 degrees, and the hottest day I've ever experienced in Austin, 112 degrees, was on Labor Day a few years ago. COTA's not a place any sane person wants to spend long stretches at in that kind of heat. The hottest race I can remember out there was V8SC, when it was in the low 90s...and it was absolutely brutal, even for us locals. There's just no way to escape the heat out there.

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IMSA reveals future class format, 2017 schedule. Moves Austin stop from September to May. http://www.motorsport.com/imsa/news/imsa-reveals-future-class-format-2017-schedule-805561/



IMSA, WEC Split from Combined Event at COTA - Sportscar365 http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/atherton-cota-imsawec-weekend-a-compromise/




ETA: Just read (unsupported) speculation that WEC might go to Indy. Apparently they had people in attendance at this year's Indy 500.



Can any of y'all confirm or deny any of that?

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