Following two of the longest races of the year and one of the shortest, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship holds its first regular-distance race this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula.
Continental Tire Keys to the Race:
Race: Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda
Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Entries: 37 cars spread across four classes: 9 cars (P), 7 cars (PC), 8 cars (GTLM), 13 cars (GTD)
Friday, May 1 (all times PT)
Practice 1 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Practice 2 – 3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Saturday, May 2
Practice 3 – 10:50 – 11:50 a.m.
CTSC Race – 1 – 3:30 p.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Qualifying – 4:15-5:45 p.m.)
Sunday, May 3
Warm-up – 8:15-8:35 a.m.
Race – 1:05 – 3:45 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)
Previous Winners: Extreme Speed Motorsports (P), Starworks Motorsport (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM), Turner Motorsport (GTD)
Previous Polesitters: Johannes van Overbeek (P), Bruno Junqueira (PC), Antonio Garcia (GTLM), Spencer Pumpelly (GTD).
Driver Insight: “I’ve only raced at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca a few times in my career, but it is absolutely one of my favorite locations in the world. I love the track, the area. One thing that will make this weekend especially difficult is the relative lack of practice sessions. Historically, those few sessions are plagued with yellows as well, so it’ll be imperative that we unload with a quick car and maximize green flag conditions. It’ll be crowded out there as well, a lot of cars on a smaller, twisty track. We’ll have to turn perfect laps, have flawless pit stops, and really lock in qualifying to ensure a strong finish.” – Tom Kimber-Smith, No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09
Drive Times: Minimum: 60 minutes for PC/GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Maximum: None
Tires: Continental Tire “Black” for P, PC and GTD. Multiple tire brands/compounds for GTLM
Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P, PC; 50-55 minutes for GTLM, GTD
Weather: Partly Cloudy, High: 64 F, 10 percent chance of rain
TV: Sunday May 3, 4-7 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1)
Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio
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