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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Road America

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Road America…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Road America for the ninth round of the season, which sees all four classes return to action.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

Track: Road America

Length: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Entries: 35 cars spread across four classes: 8 cars (P), 3 cars (PC), 8 cars (GTLM), 16 cars (GTD)


Friday, August 4 (all times CT)
Practice 1 – 11:20 a.m-12:20 p.m.
Practice 2 – 4:10-5:10 p.m.

Saturday, August 5
Practice 3 – 8:55 – 9:55 a.m.
Qualifying -12:35 – 2:05 p.m. 
CTSC Race – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (2 hours)

Sunday, August 6
Warm-up – 8:30 – 8:50 a.m.
Race –  1:35 – 4:15 p.m. (2 hours, 40 minutes)

Previous Winners: Action Express Racing (P), PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM), Riley Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Jonathan Bomarito (P), James French (PC), Dirk Mueller (GTLM), Alex Riberas (GTD).

Driver Insight: “Road America is one of the most challenging tracks we go to from an engineering perspective because we have to make sure we have maximum top speed, while also having good mechanical grip from the car to get through the high speed carousel and hard braking corners. From a drivers perspective the challenge is mainly conserving tires because the surface at road America is very abrasive and eats up tires.” – Ricky Taylor, No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R

Drive Times: Minimum: 45 minutes for PC/GTD Silver/Bronze drivers; Base Drive Time: 10 minutes for P/GTLM; 45 minutes for PC/GTD. Maximum: None

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

Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P, PC; 50-55 minutes for GTLM, GTD

Weather: Showers, High: 72 F, 50 percent chance of rain

TV: Sunday August 6, 2:30-5:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

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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