Here is the 2008 season schedule. It is, as always, not set in stone, although it's a safe bet that the first few races are. The most up-to-date race info is in the forum, of course; things like track version and that sort of thing. The further out the event it, the more subject to change it is, particularly Lime Rock and Long Beach, since the success of their races will geatly depend on our collective ability to multi-class race. If we still aren't too good at it by then, they may just get replaced with some more open race tracks.
Pre-season Testing March 16th
While teams shake down their new rides for 2008, or take their old cars out of the garage for the first time in months, the NASCC race stewards will be hard at work trying out new procedures that will hopefully be put in place for the duration of the season. For all the important details, check the forum thread linked below.
4 Hours of Sebring Sat, March 22nd
Although not officially on the schedule last year, Sebring was the venue for the 2007 series' pre-season testing, where Rafa Martin was the fastest, but, foreshadowing the coming season, Rob Haskell would win the Prototype class in the test race through consistency. Johan Nieuwenhof took GT honors as Teddy Faster ran out of gas while leading on the final lap. This year the race will be the 4 hour long season opener for the North American Sports Car Championship.
Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg April 13th
A new addition to the NASCC calendar, St. Petersburg also marks the series' first foray into street racing. The 2 hour, 45 minute race will be a test of patience for both classes, as one miscommunication will likely result in contact with the dangerously close concrete walls, which may lead to an extra trip to pit lane or even outright retirement for careless drivers.
Barber Motorsports Park GP May 4th
Last year's Barber Motorsports Park GP was the first official NASCC event. Doyle Lowrance took the Prototype class win, while Teddy Faster grabbed the GT win - the first in a series of five straight podiums for the Italian. Only a 2 hour affair last year, the 2008 running has had its race length bumped up an extra 45 minutes to the new standard duration.
Speedracin.net Portland Grand Prix June 1st
As a classic North American natrual terrain road course, Portland, this year, gets a well-deserved spot on the NASCC calendar. It remains to be seen which will be the bigger threat to competitors: having to navigate the tight and tricky Festival Corners or having to put up with the potentially seizure-inducing curb coloring for nearly 3 hours.
ZMW Daytona 250 June 22nd
Having long played host to the world-renowned 24 Hours of Daytona, Daytona International Speedway will now be the site of a much shorter, but no less intense, round of the NASCC. The combination of the high-speed banking and the twisty infield section will make car setup a definite compromise for this race.
Elkhart Lake Sports Car Challenge July 6th
The 2007 Road America round featured the series' closest finish, with Rob Haskell taking the Prototype win by only 1.8 seconds over the AC Slater Motorsports duo after 3 hours of flat-out racing. Teddy Faster took his second straight GT win in the Aston Martin. This year's race will be 4 hours.
Northeast Grand Prix July 27th
At only 1.5 miles in length, Lime Rock Park is the Bristol Motor Speedway of sports car racing. Last year Brandon Pennington navigated the traffic and dodged the chaos better than anyone else to claim the Prototype win, while Richard Hylands did his best to avoid getting run over by the Prototypes on his way to the GT victory.
Grand Prix of Mosport August 17th
The series' lone Canadian round takes place on the deceptively high-speed roller coaster of a circuit known as Mosport. Last year, Eddie Bassett grabbed his lone win in the Prototype class, while the Jordan Lee and Richard Chmielewski pairing's GT win marked the first time a team of multiple drivers came out victorious in series history.
Grand Prix of Long Beach September 7th
Although it's known more for its illustrious open wheel racing history, the Long Beach street circuit will see the sports cars of the NASCC barrelling down its concrete canyons for the series' second patience-trying 2 hour and 45 minute street race. After already having raced at St. Petersburg and Lime Rock, hopefully the NASCC drivers will have figured out what works and what doesn't in tight confines like those found in Long Beach.
Little Petit Le Mans Sat, September 20th
Originally supposed to be the 2007 series' biggest event, the first running of Little Petit Le Mans had its running length cut from 4 hours to just 2:20 due to a technical problem, leading Laurent Vaisman and Richard Hylands to respective Prototype and GT victories a little quicker than they had anticipated. This year the event will again be the planned longest race, this time running 1000 km, or 6 hours - whichever comes first (it will almost certainly be the 1000 km). It is also the only Saturday race on the schedule.
Monterey Sports Car Championships October 12th
Laguna Seca will again host the final round of the championship. Last year Daron Hume and Brandon Pennington took the Prototype win, while Rob Haskell finished 3rd in the class to claim the Prototype Championship. Johan Nieuwenhof finally managed to pull down an official GT win after three-straight 2nd place finishes, and Teddy Faster came home 4th in class, his first non-podium finish of the year, and took the GT Championship in the process.
Schedule subject to change.