Michelin Monterey Event Card and Preview

September 10, 2019

Michelin Monterey Event Card and Preview

September 10, 2019

At a track known for its sand, wind and drama, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey presents a great backdrop for the second-to-last race of the IMSA season.

The Monterey SportsCar Championships Powered by McLaren air live, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT and local time) on network NBC. This race is Round 11 of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, and also concludes the WeatherTech Sprint Cup for GT Daytona class competitors.

Meanwhile the second-to-last IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race of the year occurs Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6:05 p.m. EDT (3:05 p.m. PDT and local time) on IMSA.TV.

The weekend’s event hashtags are #MontereyGP and #WeatherTechRaceway. 

TUNE-IN INFO

The Monterey SportsCar Championships Powered by McLaren airs live Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. EDT on NBC network.

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

MONTEREY EVENT CARD

The Monterey Event Card for the race is linked here.

Highlighted in the Monterey Event Card are:

  • A look back at Michelin at Monterey during Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
  • A note on how treacherous the track is thanks to blowing sand. 
TIRE INFO
  • DPi and LMP2 competitors have 10 sets of their semi-confidential IMSA Hard compound tires.
  • GTLM competitors have 10 sets of their proprietary GTLM range. 
  • GTD competitors have 8 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M commercial tires.
  • IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge GS competitors have 5 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M commercial tires.
  • TCR class competitors carry on with 4 sets of MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M commercial tires for the weekend. 
  • GTD and GS teams return to the S8M tires for the first time since Detroit (GTD) and Mid-Ohio (GS), respectively. 
  • There will be 3,400 Michelin tires headed to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Quote: “We understand the psyche of the track, if you will. You can really piece it together from all the other places we’ve gone. It’s got elevation change, it’s got some quick corners and it’s got some long duration corners,” says Ken Payne, technical director, motorsport, Michelin North America.

“The biggest variable is the temperatures. It can be cool, it can be hot, and you can have the wind blowing, sand and junk get on the track. That combined with the weathered pavement can make for some remarkably low grip situations.”

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