With nearly ten hours of last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona run in wet conditions, tire performance was critical and the Michelin GT Le Mans class wet tires delivered.
But these Michelin wet tires were not the exotic, highly proprietary wet tires used in winning the overall race at Petit Le Mans in 2015 (and the overall race pole at the 2016 Rolex 24), but rather, the Michelin “customer racing” wet tires that club and vintage racers can buy.
“Our Michelin ‘customer racing’ wet tires are available ‘over the counter’ to pro-am racers and are designed to deliver a broad operating window by performing well in a wide variety of ‘damp’ to ‘full-wet’ conditions, including a drying track, and we certainly had all of those here,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsport, Michelin North America.
“The tires have certainly performed exceptionally well in a variety of wet conditions on the BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche GTLM cars here this weekend.
“We congratulate all of our Michelin teams; they certainly performed well in both wet and dry conditions in a tremendous race in often difficult conditions and we look forward to an outstanding season of competition in the WeatherTech Championship.”
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing claimed overall victory in the hard-fought GTLM class on Sunday, with Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais repeating following their historic win in last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, also with the Ford GT.