Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Event Card and Preview

August 20, 2019

Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Event Card and Preview

August 20, 2019

All three of Michelin’s series in IMSA head to VIRginia International Raceway this weekend for a bevy of great action.

Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge serves as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s second and final GT class-only race of the season. 

Meanwhile on Saturday, the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge competes in the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, and the IMSA Prototype Challenge race caps off the day.

The weekend’s event hashtag is #MichelinVIR and the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race specific hashtag is #LoveVa. 

  • IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Sunday, August 25, 1:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN)
  • IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge (Saturday, August 24, 2:05 p.m. EDT, IMSA.TV)
  • IMSA Prototype Challenge (Saturday, August 24, 5:45 p.m. EDT, IMSA.TV)

The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Event Card for the race is linked here.

Highlighted in the VIR Event Card are:

  • The Event Card highlights the Michelin Car Corral and other corrals held at VIR.
  • VIR pulls from everywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 15 million people within 150 miles of the track. 

The Michelin GT Challenge airs live Sunday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

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

  • GTLM competitors have 10 sets of their proprietary GTLM range. 
  • GTD competitors have 8 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M commercial tires.
  • IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge GS and TCR competitors have 5 and 4 sets, respectively, of MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M tires for the weekend. 
  • IMSA Prototype Challenge teams have 5 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M and S9M tires for the weekend.

Quote:  “You have relatively new asphalt, and it still has some color that holds heat fairly well,” said Ken Payne, technical director, motorsport, Michelin North America.

“This track has lots of elevation change. There’s a mix of really fast, short duration corners like the climbing esses, and also some long corners like NASCAR. It’s a nice mix of challenging combinations that work the car pretty thoroughly.”

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