Fresh Off the Le Mans Podium
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will feature eight podium finishers that raced on Michelin tires from the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans.
|Driver||Le Mans Finish/Class/Team||IMSA Class/Team|
|Mike Conway||2nd/Hypercar/Toyota Gazoo Racing||DPi/Action Express Racing|
|Kamui Kobayashi||2nd/Hypercar/Toyota Gazoo Racing||DPi/Action Express Racing|
|Richard Westbrook||3rd/Hypercar/Glickenhaus Racing||DPi/JDC Miller MotorSports|
|Daniel Serra||2nd/GTE-Pro/AF Corse||GTD Pro/Risi Competizione|
|Antonio Fuoco||3rd/GTE-Pro/AF Corse||GTD/Cetilar Racing|
|Davide Rigon||3rd/GTE-Pro/AF Corse||GTD Pro/Risi Competizione|
|Ben Keating||1st/GTE-Am/TF Sport||LMP2/PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports|
|Cooper MacNeil||2nd/GTE-Am/WeatherTech Racing||GTD Pro/WeatherTech Racing|
Third Endurance Test
The six-hour race at Watkins Glen will be the third round of the Michelin Endurance Cup season. Points will be awarded at three hours and at the finish. Here are the current leaders:
DPi: No. 5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac
LMP2: No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
LMP3: No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport
GTD Pro: No. 3 Corvette Racing
GTD: No. 70 Inception Racing McLaren/No. 21 AF Corse Ferrari
The Glen and Its Demands
The 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course calls for a well-rounded race car package. Michelin engineers note that power, aero efficiency, and mechanical balance are required to outpace the field. With the elevation changes, high-speed corners, and long straights, strategy can play an important role during the six-hour race.
The Heat Is On
Summer is here and so is the action on track. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge will be racing three out of the next four weekends. This stretch includes the much-anticipated return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the GT weekend at Lime Rock. Strong performances during this part of the season can have championship implications.
Tire Efficiency Awarded
Michelin is encouraging sustainability by rewarding WeatherTech and Prototype Challenge teams for efficient tire use. The Michelin Efficient Performance Award is being given in each class based on the numbers of laps completed and number of Michelin slick race tires used in a race. Midyear awards are being given out along with a $5,000 tire credit. The first winners will be announced this weekend.
Winless at Watkins Glen
The Acura DPi has 14 IMSA victories dating back to 2018, but none of those wins have come at Watkins Glen International. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing and No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing hope to change that this weekend.
GTD/Jack Hawksworth/1:44.499/ 2018
Watkins Glen Tire Allocations
DPi: 14 sets – IMSA Hard
LMP2: 14 sets – IMSA Hard
LMP3: 10 sets – Michelin Pilot Sport GT S8M/S9M
GTD PRO: 10 sets – Michelin Pilot Sport GT S9M
GTD: 10 sets – Michelin Pilot Sport GT S9M
Michelin Pilot Challenge
GS: 5 sets – Michelin Pilot Sport GT S9M
TCR: 4 sets – Michelin Pilot Sport GT S9M+