Michelin Watkins Glen Event Card and Preview

June 25, 2019

Michelin Watkins Glen Event Card and Preview

June 25, 2019

The 2019 IMSA season resumes at Watkins Glen International following the 24 Hours of Le Mans break.

All four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes are in action in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (7:00 p.m. EDT, NBCSN with live stream at 9:30 a.m. EDT, NBC Sports App).

The IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series resumes for the first time since Mid-Ohio with the four-hour Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 (Saturday, 1:45 p.m. EDT, IMSA.TV and Thursday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. EDT, NBCSN).


The Michelin Watkins Glen Event Card for the race is linked here.

Highlighted in the Watkins Glen Event Card are:

  • Full race tire info (see below for full details on that).
  • This is the third round of the four-round IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup season, which is part of the WeatherTech Championship. Notes and full standings through the first two rounds of the season are linked here.
  • Watkins Glen featured the highest recorded track temperatures of the 2018 season, at more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit during the race.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen airs Sunday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. EDT on NBCSN. The NBC Sports App will feature the live stream, Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

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

The race weekend’s official hashtag is #Sahlens6HRS.

  • DPi/LMP2 competitors have 14 sets of IMSA Hard tires for the weekend.
  • GTLM competitors have 14 sets of their proprietary GTLM range. 
  • GTD competitors have 10 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M commercial tires.
  • IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge GS and TCR competitors have 7 and 5 sets, respectively, of MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M tires for the weekend. 
  • The IMSA and Michelin technical teams confirm the compound specifications well ahead of each race. The IMSA Hard (DPi/LMP2) and MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M (GTD and GS) tires race for the first time this season in those classes. TCR remains on S9M as they have been all season.
  • A total of 14 tractor trailers with roughly 5,000 tires will depart from Greenville, S.C. to head to Watkins Glen International. 

Quote: “Watkins Glen is always a challenge with high loads, high heat and an unforgiving track,” said Ken Payne, technical director, motorsport, Michelin North America.

“The other thing is there’s significant elevation change and significant high speed, high load corners. If you look at, say Watkins Glen versus Road America, Road America has more straightaway length. 

“Tires naturally reject a lot of heat. You don’t have as much straightaway distance at The Glen versus Road America to reject that heat. So, you get more of an accumulation of energy that is going to and remaining in the tires.”

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