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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Monterey

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Monterey…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Following two of the longest races of the year and one of the shortest, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to the Monterey Peninsula for a pair of two-hour split races this weekend.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda

Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Length: Two hours each (Split P/GTLM and PC/GTD races)

Entries: 42 cars spread across four classes: 8 cars (P), 7 cars (PC), 10 cars (GTLM), 17 cars (GTD)


Friday, April 29 (all times PT)
Practice 1 (PC/GTD) – 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Practice 1 (P/GTLM) – 10:50 -11:50 a.m.
Practice 2 (P/GTLM) – 2:20 -3:20 p.m.
Practice 2 (PC/GTD) – 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 30
Practice 3 (PC/GTD) – 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Practice 3 (P/GTLM) – 11:05 – 11:50 a.m.
CTSC Race – 1:25 – 3:55 p.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Qualifying –  4:30-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 1
Warm-up (P/GTLM) – 8 -8:15 a.m.
Race (P/GTLM): 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (2 hours)
Warm-up (PC/GTD) – 1:50 -2:05 p.m.
Race (PC/GTD) – 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (2 hours)

Previous Winners: Visit Florida Racing (P), RSR Racing (PC), BMW Team RLL (GTLM), Park Place Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Jordan Taylor (P), Chris Cumming (PC), Dirk Werner (GTLM), Patrick Lindsey (GTD).

Driver Insight: “Laguna Seca is a racetrack that’s great fun. The famous Corkscrew poses a very special challenge, of course. We approach it in fifth-gear at 130 mph and suddenly you’re looking at the sky. The only landmarks at this point are a couple of trees. So it’s not at all easy to perfectly negotiate this corner.” – Joerg Bergmeister, Driver No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Drive Times: Minimum: 40 minutes for PC/GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Maximum: None

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

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

Weather: Sunny, High: 72 F, 0 percent chance of rain

TV: Sunday May 1, 2 p.m. ET (FS1) & 6:30 p.m. ET (FS2)

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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