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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Rolex 24

Continental Tire Keys to the Race for the 56th Rolex 24 at Daytona…

Photo: John Dagys

The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off with this weekend’s 56th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Florida endurance classic also doubles as the opening round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Rolex 24 at Daytona

Track: Daytona International Speedway; 12-turn, 3.56-mile oval/road course

Length: 24 hours

Entries: 50 cars spread across three classes: 20 cars (P), 9 cars (GTLM), 21 cars (GTD)


Thursday, Jan. 25 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 9:20 – 10:20 a.m.
Practice 2 – 1:40 – 2:40 p.m.
Qualifying – 3:55 – 5 p.m.
Practice 3 –  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26
Practice 4 – 9:40-10:40 a.m.
CTSC Race – 1 p.m. (4 hours)

Saturday, Jan. 27
Race –  2:40 p.m. (24 hours)

Previous Winners: Wayne Taylor Racing (P), Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (GTLM), Alegra Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Joao Barbosa (P), Joey Hand (GTLM), Alessandro Pier Guidi (GTD)

Driver Insight: “Daytona is a classic 24-hour race in the sense that consistency and making it through the night are the key factors for a good result. Traditionally, the worst drama is over when the sun comes up, but as I learned last year, it’s a 24-hour race and anything can happen.” – Christina Nielsen, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R

Drive Times: Minimum: 5 hours (GTD Bronze/Silver-rated drivers); Base Time: 2 hours (P/GTLM); 3 hours, 15 minutes (GTD); Maximum: 13 hours and no more than 4 hours in a 6-hour period

Tires: Continental Tire “Gold” for P and GTD classes. Multiple tire options for GTLM

Pit Stops: 45-50 minute stint length for P; 55-60 minutes for GTLM/GTD

Weather: Cloudy, High: 69 F, Low 53 F; 70 percent chance of rain on Sunday

TV: Flag-to-flag coverage between FOX family of networks

Saturday, Jan. 27 (all times ET)
2-5 p.m. FOX
5-10 p.m. FS2
10-11 p.m. FSGO
11-1 a.m. FS1

Sunday, Jan. 28
1 – 8 a.m. – FSGO
8 – 10:30 a.m. – FS2
10:30 a.m.  -3 p.m. – FS1

*Full flag-to-flag coverage 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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