Fast Facts - Road America

Fast Facts - Road America

31Jul 2017

NUTS & BOLTS

 

WHO’S RACING: 

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (P, PC, GTLM & GTD) – August 6, 2017

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – August 5, 2017

 

TRACK:

Road America – 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course

 

LENGTH: 

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 2 hours and 40 minutes

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – 2 hours

 

TIRE SETS

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship –P teams will be allotted 10 sets of tires (including dry and wet tires), PC 8 sets, and GTD teams will receive 8 sets.

 

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – there is no set limit for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

 

WHICH TIRE ARE THEY USING

Continental Tire has designated Blacks as the dry tire to be raced at Road America. If teams move to wet tires, the GTD class will move to Blacks. This is the same tire that teams are currently scheduled to run at all other tracks (Daytona is the lone exception).

 

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races the same compound at all tracks in 2017.

 

CONTINENTAL BY THE NUMBERS

 

  • 3,000+ - Number of tires brought to the track (dry and wet) for both series.
  • 3 Times – The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase has been good to Eric Curran. Curran has won at Road America the last three years! He claimed victory in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with co-driver, Lawson Aschenbach in a Camaro in 2014. He then collected back-to-back victories in ’15 and ’16 in the No. 31 Action Express Corvette in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with co-driver, Dane Cameron.
  • Seeing Double – Action Express has dominated the last three years at Road America. The No. 31 and No. 5 went one, two in ’15 and ’16 on their Continental tires and the No. 5 stood on the top rung of the podium in ’14.
  • 66 – The average number of laps run in the WTSC over the last five years at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. That’s an average of 267 miles on their Continental tires during a race. The winner has started from an average starting position of fifth.
  • 53 – The average number of laps run in the CTSC over the last five years at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. The winner has also started from an average starting position of fifth. In the last five years, the pole winner has not won the race.
  • Triple – Matt Plumb loves his Continental tires! He has won the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge three times in the last five years. In ’12 and ’13 with Nick Longhi and in ’15 with his brother, Hugh. All in a Porsche.
  • Double Stint? – It’s unlikely you will see a WTSC team double stinting tires at Road America…but then again….anything is possible.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • We’re Cookin’ Something Up With the Taylor Brothers – Join us Saturday, August 5th at 11:15 a.m. at the Continental Tire fan zone area (located at the top of the hill near John the Baptist Food Stand) for a special announcement with Ricky and Jordan Taylor. You can also log onto Continental Tire’s Facebook page as we Facebook LIVE the entire announcement!

 

  • Continental Tire Rolls Out August Promotion - Beginning August 1 and running through August 31, 2017, consumers who purchase four (4) Continental Tire passenger or light truck tires will receive a $70 Visa prepaid card. Whether you’re going back-to-school, gearing up for the start of football season, or squeezing in one last road trip, this promotion is the perfect way to help you save money! For more information visit continentaltire.com.

 

 

FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT

 

**For full transcriptions of our round table, please click here for Road America.

 

TRACK CHARACTERISTICS

Ricky Taylor, driver No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi

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. 

 

Ozz Negri, driver No. 86 Michael Shank Racing w/Curb Agajanian Acura NSX GT3

Road America presents many challenges, it's a fast, fast, fast track and also because of its length, race strategy and pit stops will be a key factor.

 

 

TIRE MANAGEMENT

Ricky Taylor, driver No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi

This track is extremely hard on tires so having a car that is nice on tires is very important. Most other tracks we can do a stint and a half or maybe even a double, but at road America it is very tough. The only tricky thing might be people taking two or three tires on a stop to make the stop faster. 

 

Ozz Negri, driver No. 86 Michael Shank Racing w/Curb Agajanian Acura NSX GT3

The left side tires get abused at Road America, especially at the Carousel. So if the time for refueling during the pit stop matches the tire change time, you can expect to get new tires.