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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Watkins Glen

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Watkins Glen…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, which also doubles as the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

Track: Watkins Glen International

Length: 6 Hours

Entries: 35 cars spread across four classes: 9 cars (P), 7 cars (PC), 8 cars (GTLM), 11 cars (GTD)


Friday, June 26 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Practice 2 – 4:05 – 5:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 27
Practice 3 – 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
CTSC Race – 12:25 – 2:55 p.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Qualifying –  3:40-5:10 p.m.

Sunday, June 28
Warm-up – 8 – 8:20 a.m.
Race –  10:10 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. (6 hours)

Previous Winners: Racing (P), CORE autosport (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM), Turner Motorsport (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Alex Brundle (P), Colin Braun (PC), Andy Priaulx (GTLM), Leh Keen (GTD).

Driver Insight: “I really, really enjoy Watkins Glen. It is such a drivers track. I enjoy all the fast corners and big commitment it takes to be fast there. I think the key to being fast at WGI is a car that has a good balance in high-speed corners; there are not too many slow corners at WGI and that is what makes it fun. Having the confidence to drive around the outside of a GT car in a lot of these high speed corners is very important for race pace.” – Colin Braun, No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09

Drive Times: Minimum: 90 minutes for PC/GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Maximum: None

Tires: Continental Tire “Gold” for P and PC. Continental “Black” for GTD. Multiple tire brands/compounds for GTLM

Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P, PC; 50-55 minutes for GTLM, GTD

Weather: Showers, High: 64 F, 60 percent chance of rain

TV: Sunday June 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1) & 2 – 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 2)

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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