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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: COTA

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: COTA…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Circuit of The Americas this weekend for the fourth round of the season, and first standalone event at the world-class facility.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showcase

Track: Circuit of The Americas

Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Entries: 40 cars spread across four classes: 10 cars (P), 4 cars (PC), 9 cars (GTLM), 17 cars (GTD)


Thursday, May 4 (all times CT)
Practice 1 – 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Practice 2 – 2:55-3:55 p.m.

Friday, May 5
Practice 3 – 8:55-9:55 a.m.
Qualifying –  12:05-1:35 p.m.
CTSC Race – 2:45-4:45 p.m. (2 hours)

Sat, May 6
Warm-up – 8:40-9 a.m.
Race –  1:35 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Wayne Taylor Racing (P), Starworks Motorsport (PC), Porsche North America (GTLM), Turner Motorsport (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Ricky Taylor (P), Robert Alon (PC), Ryan Briscoe (GTLM), Alex Riberas (GTD).

Driver Insight: – “COTA is a pretty unique place. It’s a very exciting, cool track, since it’s a Formula 1 track. It’s got a lot of first-gear hairpins, it’s got an interesting section of Esses and a really long right-hand corner. It has a lot of unique things that mix together for a track that doesn’t have a lot of flow, but certainly presents a lot of challenges and is fun in that aspect.” – Colin Braun, No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R

Drive Times: Minimum: 45 minutes for PC and GTD Silver/Bronze drivers;  10-minute base time for all 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: Sunny, High: 86 F, 0 percent chance of rain

TV: Saturday Sat. May 6, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)

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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