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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Petit Le Mans

Check out the Continental Tire Keys to the Race for Motul Petit Le Mans…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season draws to a close this weekend at Road Atlanta with the 21st annual 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: 37 cars spread across three classes: 14 cars (P), 9 cars (GTLM), 14 cars (GTD)

Schedule:

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

Friday, Oct. 12
Practice 4 – 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
CTSC Race – 1:25 – 3:25 p.m. (2 hours)
Qualifying –  3:55 – 5 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 13
Warm-up – 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.
Race –  11:05 a.m. – 9:05 p.m. (10 hours)

Previous Winners: Tequila Patron ESM (P), BMW Team RLL (GTLM), Montaplast by Land Motorsport (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Helio Castroneves (P), Toni Vilander (GTLM), Matteo Cressoni (GTD)

Driver Insight: : “Road Atlanta is an impressive track that takes real commitment to get a quick lap time. Turn 1 is one of the most fun corners on our schedule, and the esses are difficult to get right lap after lap. I’ve been in the car to finish second a couple of times over the years, but have never won the race. I think this year might be the year!” – John Edwards, No. 24 BMW M8 GTE

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

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

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

Weather: Sunny High: 75 F, 0 percent chance of rain

TV:
Sat. Oct.13:
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (FS1)
12 – 9:30 p.m. (FS2)
*Full race available on FOX Sports GO

Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio

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