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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Petit Le Mans

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Motul Petit Le Mans…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season draws to a close this weekend at Road Atlanta with the 20th anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans, which also doubles as the final leg of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Motul Petit Le Mans

Track: Road Atlanta

Length: 10 hours

Entries: 39 cars spread across four classes: 10 cars (P), 3 cars (PC), 9 cars (GTLM), 17 cars (GTD)


Thursday, Oct. 5 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Practice 2 – 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Practice 3 – 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6
Practice 4 – 11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
CTSC Race – 1:50 – 3:50 p.m. (2 hours)
Qualifying –  4:20 – 5:50 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 7
Warm-up – 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.
Race –  11:05 a.m. – 9:05 p.m. (10 hours)

Previous Winners: Michael Shank Racing (P), Performance Tech Motorsports (PC), Risi Competizione (GTLM), Riley Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Olivier Pla (P), Robert Alon (PC), Richard Westbrook (GTLM), Jeroen Bleekemolen (GTD)

Driver Insight: “Road Atlanta is surprisingly technical with a lot of flowing portions. The most difficult portion of the track starts all the way in turn two and, if the rhythm is not just right through there, you will be catching up with the car all the way to turn five.” – Ricky Taylor, No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Drive Times: Minimum: 2 hours and 45 minutes for PC & GTD Silver/Bronze drivers;  Maximum: 6 hours and no more than 4 hours in any 6-hour period. Base Drive Time: 2 hours for PC/GTD, 45 minutes for P/GTLM

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

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

Weather: Cloudy High: 80 F, 20 percent chance of rain

Sat. Oct. 7:
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (FS1)
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
2:30 to 5:00 p.m. (FOX Sports GO)
5:00 to 9:30 p.m. (FS2)
*Full race available on FOX Sports GO

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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