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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Long Beach

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Long Beach…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Following the two longest races of the year, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship hits the streets of Long Beach for its shortest of the season.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

Track: Streets of Long Beach; 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary road course

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Entries: 25 cars spread across two classes: 8 cars (P), 7 cars (PC), 10 cars (GTLM)


Friday, April 15 (all times PT)
Practice 1 – 7:40 – 9:40 a.m.
Practice 2 – 5-5:25 p.m.
Qualifying –  5:35 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16
Race –  4:05 – 5:45 p.m. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Wayne Taylor Racing (P), BMW Team RLL (GTLM); PC – New Event

Previous Polesitters: Ricky Taylor (P), Bill Auberlen (GTLM); PC – New Event

Driver Insight: “It’s an interesting track for our cars. Most of the corners are pretty tight, so the PC cars don’t get to use all the downforce they make, but there’s also a couple quick corners that our cars make pretty good downforce on and it’s pretty fun… A track like Long Beach is really hard to pass on, so track position is really important. However, with the drive-time rules for our class, it makes for a pretty narrow window to make the drive-time requirements and have enough fuel for a one-stop strategy. You’d have to catch all the right yellows. There’s a lot of factors that will play into making it a one-stop versus a two-stop race.” – Colin Braun, driver No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09

Drive Times: Minimum: 35 minutes for PC Silver/Bronze; Maximum: None

Tires: Continental Tire “Black” for P and PC. Michelin for GTLM

Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P and PC; 55-60 minutes for GTLM

Weather: Sunny, High: 74 F, 0 percent chance of rain

TV: Saturday April 16 at 7 p.m. ET (FS2)
Repeats on FS1 (April 16 at 11 p.m. ET & April 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET)

Streaming: Saturday April 16 at 7 p.m. ET (Intl viewers)

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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