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: 35 cars spread across three classes: 10 cars (P), 9 cars (GTLM), 16 cars (GTD)
Friday, April 7 (all times PT)
Practice 1 – 7:40 – 9:40 a.m.
Practice 2 – 4:45-5:10 p.m.
Qualifying – 5:20 – 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 8
Race – 1:05 – 2:45 p.m. (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Previous Winners: Wayne Taylor Racing (P), Porsche GT Team (GTLM); GTD – New Event
Previous Polesitters: Christian Fittipaldi (P), Bill Auberlen (GTLM); GTD – New Event
Driver Insight: “It’s a real mental challenge. There is no room for error. There are no run-off areas, so if you make a mistake, you’re into a concrete barrier. It’s a very demanding track and, as a street circuit, the surface is very bumpy. So, that makes it very technical for a driver. The new car is much more physical to drive, and you have to be sure your concentration or your body doesn’t give out.” – Tristan Nunez, No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
Drive Times: Minimum: 30 minutes for GTD Silver/Bronze; Maximum: None. Base Drive-Time: 5 minutes
Tires: Continental “Black” for P and GTD; multiple tire brands allowed i n GTLM.
Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P; 55-60 minutes for GTLM and GTD.
Weather: Mostly Sunny, High: 64 F, 10 percent chance of rain
TV: Saturday April 8, 4 p.m. ET (Live, FOX)
Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio
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