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
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