HSR 2023 schedule includes NASCAR celebration, Glen 6 Hour, Ridge Runner return and more

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HSR 2023 schedule includes NASCAR celebration, Glen 6 Hour, Ridge Runner return and more

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HSR 2023 schedule includes NASCAR celebration, Glen 6 Hour, Ridge Runner return and more

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Not one but two major events at Watkins Glen International Raceway, an on-track celebration of NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary at the 45th HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and a return of the popular HSR Ridge Runner Rally are the additions to the 2023 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) schedule of events. Next year’s 10-event schedule once again features races on legendary North American road courses beloved by both race fans and competitors

The pair of races at The Glen begins with the inaugural HSR Classic Six Hours at Watkins Glen, June 8-11, that joins the HSR Classic 24 At Daytona and HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring as a premier tribute race and marks the first time in recent years that HSR will enjoy its own feature event weekend on the upstate New York course.

Additionally, HSR returns to The Glen August 19-20 with its growing group of HSR Historic Stock Cars marking HSR’s first time as a support race series on a major NASCAR event weekend.

Another highlight of the 2023 calendar is the return of the popular HSR Ridge Runner Rally, May 14-18, back after a one-year absence. The multi-day, 500-mile-long rally typically takes participants down hidden highways in the most scenic Southeastern U.S. states, and has become somewhat of a “seventh-inning stretch” for HSR members and competitors each racing season.

“This is HSR’s first schedule announcement under our new IMSA ownership and it is easy to see the benefits our members, teams, competitors and fans are realizing from HSR being a part of the IMSA family,” said HSR President David Hinton. “Doors have been opened up for HSR like never before and we are grateful for all of the behind-the-scenes work John Doonan and the team at IMSA have done to make the 2023 HSR schedule one of the best ever.

“Celebrating NASCAR 75 at the HSR Mitty, adding a pair of showcase races at Watkins Glen—one with NASCAR no less—and being part of what is growing into a multi-week schedule around the 12 Hours of Sebring are things we could have only dreamed about before,” Hinton continued. “We are all looking forward to 2023!”

In total, the expanded 10-event calendar (with one event awaiting further confirmation) begins and ends at Sebring International Raceway and in between includes stops at Daytona International Speedway, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Road America and Watkins Glen.

HSR is also expected to return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next August for its third year as the sanctioning body of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Monterey Pre-Reunion.

In addition to the “must-do” new events at The Glen, other highlight blockbuster races on the schedule include the 45th HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 27-30, and the HSR Classics at Daytona, Nov. 1-5, and Sebring, Nov. 29- Dec. 3, that once again close out the calendar.

The season-opening event for the fifth-straight year is the HSR Spring Fling at Sebring, March 24-26. The March date is just one week after the 71st running of the iconic 12 Hours of Sebring IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race and will see HSR co-headline the weekend with other contemporary racing series.

The Sebring opener is followed by the 45th HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, which is one of the longest-running historic and vintage races in the U.S. and HSR’s first blockbuster race of the season.

The HSR Mitty packs even more horsepower next year with the event celebrating 75 years of NASCAR racing. The sanctioning body was founded in 1948, making 2023 its 75th season, and the Mitty will be just one part of the year-long NASCAR 75 celebration.

Historic Stock Cars are already a major part each HSR weekend at Michelin Raceway, but next year’s 75th Anniversary celebration is expected to draw a large entry of former NASCAR stars and cars for the weekend’s main feature race on Saturday afternoon that is part of a full schedule of additional on-track competition and off-track celebration.

May is set aside for the Ridge Runner Rally that sets the stage for the inaugural HSR Classic Six Hours at The Glen in June. The exact format of the six-hour race will be announced in the future, but fans and competitors can expect the event to follow the same continuous schedule of “heat races” categorized by Run Group that is used for the HSR Classics at Daytona and Sebring.

The HSR Classic Stock car race at The Glen on its long-established NASCAR race weekend will be both a popular and historic event. It is very likely that retired stock cars that were raced at The Glen in their prime could make a return appearance for HSR’s first event with NASCAR on the Watkins Glen short course.

For the fourth-straight year, the autumn race schedule for HSR begins with a guest appearance with the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA) at the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (ELVF), Sept. 14-17. HSR competitors from all classes are placed in existing and appropriate VSCDA run groups for this popular event on the four-mile Road America circuit.

Just one week after Road America, HSR returns to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the HSR Fall Historics, Sept. 21-24. The perfect complementary event to each April’s HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway, the Fall Classic has developed an appeal and popularity of its own and is the second of what is now three return visits to tracks on the annual HSR calendar.

Set for its ninth running in 2023, the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, returns to the “World Center of Racing” Nov. 1-5, to be followed by the HSR Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network. The eighth-annual Classic Sebring event will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

The HSR Classics events at Daytona and Sebring share the card each weekend, respectively, with the Daytona Historics and Sebring Historics races that annually bring each HSR championship season to a close.

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2023 HSR Event Schedule*

March 24-26 | HSR Sebring Spring Fling | Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.

April 27-30 | 45th HSR Mitty | Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

May 14-18 | HSR Ridge Runner Rally | Southeastern U.S. (route TBA)

June 8-11 | Inaugural HSR Classic Six Hours | Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Aug. TBD | Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion & Pre-Reunion | WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.

Aug. 19-20 | Inaugural HSR Classic Stock Cars at The Glen | Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Sept. 15-18 | VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival | Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Sept. 21-24 | HSR Atlanta Fall Historics } Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

Nov. 1-5 | HSR Classic Daytona & HSR Daytona Historics | Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Nov. 29-Dec. 3 | HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network & HSR Sebring Historics | Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.

*Event schedule subject to change and additions

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