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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: COTA

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: COTA…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to Circuit of The Americas this weekend for the penultimate round of the season, as part of the Lone Star Le Mans event with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Lone Star Le Mans

Track: Circuit of The Americas

Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Entries: 38 cars spread across four classes: 9 cars (P), 9 cars (PC), 8 cars (GTLM), 12 cars (GTD)


Thursday, Sept. 17 (all times CT)
Practice 1 – 10:25-11:25 a.m.
Practice 2 – 4:35-5:35 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18
Practice 3 – 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
CTSC Race – 12:40 – 3:10 p.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Qualifying –  3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Sat, Sept. 19
Warm-up – 8 – 8:20 a.m.
Race –  11:35 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Chip Ganassi Racing (P), 8Star Motorsports (PC), SRT Motorsports (GTLM), Riley Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Alex Brundle (P), Sean Rayhall (PC), Jonathan Bomarito (GTLM), James Davison (GTD).

Driver Insight: “It’s really cool driving at COTA. The esses are good fun. The beginning of the lap is fast and flowing. As much as we love going there, it’s the opposite of a track like Watkins Glen, which is fast, narrow, and you can’t pass in many places. At COTA, can go a mile off the road and not hit anything. It’s very safe and you can afford to make mistakes. I think that bunches up the field because everybody is pushing and you don’t feel like you’re taking any chances.” – Ricky Taylor, No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP

Drive Times: Minimum: 60 minutes for PC Silver/Bronze drivers;  50 minutes for 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: 96 F, 10 percent chance of rain

TV: Saturday Sept. 19, 12:30-3:30 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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