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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Long Beach

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Long Beach…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Photo: Rick Dole/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: 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

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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