The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to the Monterey Peninsula for the penultimate round of the season.
Continental Tire Keys to the Race:
Race: America’s Tire 250
Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Entries: 33 cars spread across three classes: 8 cars (P), 9 cars (GTLM), 16 cars (GTD)
Friday, Sept. 22 (all times PT)
Practice 1 – 10-11 a.m.
Practice 2 – 2:50 -3:50 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Practice 3 – 8-9 a.m.
Qualifying – 11:30 a.m. -12:35 p.m.
CTSC Race – 2-6 p.m. (4 hours)
Sunday, Sept. 24
Warm-up – 9:10-9:30 a.m.
Race – 2:05-4:45 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)
Previous Winners: Michael Shank Racing (P), Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (GTLM), Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing (GTD)
Previous Polesitters: Tristan Nunez (P), Daniel Serra (GTLM), Alex Riberas (GTD)
Driver Insight: “Monterey is so different from anything else that we’ve got to come up with [a setup] specific for the track. There isn’t much grip, so the car can slide around a lot and that can make it hard on the tires. You’ve got to be able to find a balance where the car is stable through the stint so you can deliver the lap times all the way through. The car does so many things in a short time when you are going through the Corkscrew with how you are loading and unloading it through the corner-it is very technical.” — Joao Barbosa, No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Drive Times: Minimum: 45 minutes for GTD Bronze/Silver drivers; Base Drive Time: 10 minutes for P/GTLM, 45 minutes for GTD. Maximum: None
Tires: Continental Tire “Black” for P and GTD. Multiple tire brands/compounds for GTLM
Pit Stops: 45-50 minute stint length for P; 55 minutes for GTLM, GTD
Weather: Sunny, High: 72 F, 0 percent chance of rain
TV: Sunday Sept. 24, 5 p.m. ET (FS1)
Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio
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