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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: Rolex 24

Continental Tire Keys to Race: Rolex 24…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off with the 53rd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, which also serves 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: 53 cars spread across four classes: 16 cars (P), 8 cars (PC), 10 cars (GTLM), 19 cars (GTD)


Thursday, Jan. 22 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 9:25 – 10:25 a.m.
Practice 2 – 1:20 – 1:50 p.m.
Qualifying – 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Practice 3 –  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23
Practice 4 – 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
CTSC Race – 1:45 p.m. (2 hours 30 minutes)

Saturday, Jan. 24
Race –  2:10 p.m. (24 hours)

Previous Winners: Action Express Racing (P), CORE autosport (PC), Porsche North America (GTLM), Level 5 Motorsports (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Alex Gurney (P), Colin Braun (PC), Marc Goossens (GTLM), Christopher Haase (GTD)

Driver Insight: “I really enjoy 24-hour races as I enjoy the challenge that we face not only as drivers, but also as an entire team. It’s ultimately like a whole season condensed into one race. The whole team has to deal with all the challenges, issues and opportunities that an endurance race throws at them, like the weather.” -Andy Meyrick, No. 0 DeltaWing DWC13

Drive Times: Minimum: 4 hours 30 minutes (all classes); Maximum: 14 hours and no more than 4 hours in a 6-hour period

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

Pit Stops: 40-45 minute stint length for P/PC; 55-60 minutes for GTLM/GTD

Weather: Sunny, High: 65 F, Low 41 F; 60 percent chance of showers on Saturday morning

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

Saturday, Jan. 24 (all times ET)
2-4 p.m. FOX Network
4-8 p.m. FOX Sports 2
8-10 p.m. FOX Sports 1

Overnight (Jan. 24-25)
10 p.m.-7 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25
7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1

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

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