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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: CTMP

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: CTMP…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, marking the seventh round of the 2017 season.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix

Track: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Entries: 36 cars spread across four classes: 10 cars (P), 3 cars (PC), 8 cars (GTLM), 15 cars (GTD)


Friday, July 7 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Practice 2 – 3:55 – 4:55 p.m.

Saturday,  July 8
Practice 3 – 9:20 – 10:20 a.m.
Qualifying –  12:05-1:35 p.m.
CTSC Race – 2:50-4:50 p.m. (2 hours)

Sunday, July 9
Warm-up – 8:50 – 9:10 a.m.
Race –  12:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Action Express Racing (P), CORE autosport (PC), Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (GTLM), Turner Motorsport (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Tristan Nunez (P), Colin Braun (PC), Antonio Garcia (GTLM), Alex Riberas (GTD)

Driver Insight: “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one of the most daunting tracks in my opinion. There are so many high-speed corners and 90 percent of those corners are mostly all blind on the way in. The biggest challenge that all of us drivers face is trying to see where we are going. You know you want to stay full-throttle but you really don’t know where you’re going to go once you crest the hill. The biggest thing is learning where the track flow is and where you want to position the car, once you get that down pat and you know where you want the car to be placed, it’s such a roller coaster.” – Corey Lewis, Driver No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Drive Times: Minimum: 45 minutes for PC/GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Base Time: 10 minutes (P/GTLM); 45 minutes (PC/GTD); Maximum: None

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

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

Weather: Showers, 73 F, 50 percent chance of rain

TV: Sunday July 9, 12-3 p.m. ET, Live (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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