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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: VIR

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Virginia International Raceway…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge visit Virginia International Raceway this weekend for a packed GT-only weekend of racing.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Oak Tree Grand Prix

Track: Virginia International Raceway

Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Entries: 18 cars spread across two classes: 8 cars (GTLM), 10 cars (GTD)


Friday, Aug. 21 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Practice 2 – 4 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22
Practice 3 – 9:55 – 10:55 a.m.
CTSC Race – 1:25 – 3:55 p.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Qualifying – 4:40-5:20 p.m.

Sunday,  Aug. 23
Warm-up – 8:35 – 8:55 a.m.
Race –  1:05 – 3:45 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Risi Competizione (GTLM), Turner Motorsport (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Pierre Kaffer (GTLM), James Davison (GTD)

Driver Insight: “VIR is an amazing track with many great corners. I could spend the day going on about any one of the 17 turns that makes up this traditional and fast circuit. But, if I had to narrow it down to one corner that makes VIR truly special, I would say it is Turn 10. Turn 10 is the fastest corner on the track and one of the faster turns of all the tracks we race. The difficulty in ‘Ten’, however, does not come with the speed; it comes with the lay of the land and the lead-in to the corner… Like any great corner, getting it right is why we do this as drivers. Get it wrong and everyone knows it. ” – Bryan Sellers, Driver No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR

Drive Times: Minimum: 60 minutes for PC Silver/Bronze drivers; 50 minutes for GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Maximum: None

Tires: Continental Tire “Black” for GTD; open tires for GTLM.

Pit Stops: 50-55 minutes for GTLM, GTD

Weather: Mostly Sunny, High: 89 F, 10 percent chance of rain

Streaming: Sat. Aug 22, 4:40-5:20 p.m. ET (Qualifying)

TV: Sunday Aug. 23, 1-4 p.m. ET (Live, FOX Sports 1)

Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio

Spotter’s Guide: Click Here

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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