Michelin Detroit Event Card and Preview

May 28, 2019

Michelin Detroit Event Card and Preview

May 28, 2019

This weekend’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic marks the fifth round of the 2019 IMSA season. This marks Michelin’s return to Detroit for the first time since 2008.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes are in action. The race is a WeatherTech Sprint Cup-only race for GTD, which means it doesn’t count towards the full-season championship.


The Michelin Detroit Belle Isle Event Card for the race is linked here.

Highlighted in the Detroit Belle Isle Event Card are:

  • Info for Michelin’s 50 for 50 Sweepstakes
  • Info about Michelin’s Race Tire Experience at Detroit
  • Technical notes from Ken Payne, technical director, motorsport, Michelin North America
  • Tire allocations, qualifying/race schedule, TV, radio and The Torque Show details
  • “Starting from scratch”
  • Street course debut for the commercial MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport® GT S8M slick tires. While the IMSA Medium and new GTLM range premiered at Long Beach, the GTD class was not at that race.

The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic airs live Saturday, June 1, at 12:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

IMSA Radio is live trackside for all sessions with flag-to-flag commercial free commentary.

The race weekend’s official hashtag is #DetroitGP.


DPi competitors have 9 sets of IMSA Medium tires for the weekend. The GTD number is 6 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport® GT S8M.

About Michelin’s return to Detroit for the first time since 2008, Ken Payne notes: “We might as well consider that we’ve never been here. They are new cars and a completely different generation of tires from when we were last here.”

  • Just eight points cover the top five driver pairings in DPi.
  • Cadillac has won the first two races at Detroit since DPi was introduced in 2017. Penske Acura seeks its second straight win on Roger Penske’s home soil in the event his corporation runs and operates.
  • Eight points cover the top five driver pairings in the GTD full-season standings. However these will not change after this race. This race counts for WeatherTech Sprint Cup points only.
  • Acura is in search of its third straight Detroit win. Katherine Legge has won both in 2017 and 2018 with Meyer Shank Racing. She co-drove with Andy Lally in 2017 and Mario Farnbacher last year. Farnbacher remains with the MSR team in 2019, but now co-drives with Trent Hindman in the sister No. 86 car. Legge and Christina Nielsen share the Heinricher Racing, Caterpillar-supported No. 57 car.
  • Zacharie Robichon substitutes for Patrick Lindsey at Park Place Motorsports this race. The Silver-rated Canadian has been with PFAFF Motorsports in the first three races of the year.
  • PFAFF, MooreSpeed and Riley-Team AMG are missing this race in GTD. Riley’s Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will be at Le Mans for the Le Mans Test Day, ahead of the outing in their Keating Motorsports Ford GT.

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