Wet Friday greets IMSA at Mid-Ohio

May 3, 2019

Wet Friday greets IMSA at Mid-Ohio

May 3, 2019

So far in 2019, wet weather has played a big part in the IMSA season. And Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the latest wet weather chapter occurred.

Most of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge tackled the elements today. Mid-Ohio offered a constantly damp track as the rain spit not heavily, but consistently throughout the day. This largely made times from the day irrelevant. Here’s Friday’s photos, via the Michelin Racing USA Photo Feed.

Michelin Pilot Sport GT Rain tires. Photo: Michelin North America

The Michelin Pilot Sport GT Rain tires have worked hard through the opening stanza of the 2019 IMSA season.

The second half of the Rolex 24 At Daytona was largely water-logged. It also featured an early checkered flag.

Meanwhile the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring began under rainy skies, and started behind the Safety Car. However, the rain subsided within the first hour and the track started to dry.

The timing of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R’s switch from Michelin’s Pilot Sport GT Rain tire onto the dry-weather IMSA Medium compound was crucial to the team’s success to win that race.

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Looking at forecasts, Saturday may see more of the wet stuff hit the classic 2.258-mile road course, which features different asphalt surfaces.

Sunday looks a bit better for the ACURA Sports Car Challenge (1:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) and IMSA Prototype Challenge races (8:50 a.m. EDT, IMSA.TV). It remains to be seen whether the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race on Saturday (1:45 p.m. EDT, IMSA.TV) may feature some wet weather running.

The Prototype Challenge LMP3 cars qualified on a wet but drying track at Daytona, and the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge cars have had only intermittent rain appearances in 2019.

Some of last year’s Mid-Ohio IMSA weekend had rain, on Friday afternoon in second practice.

Depending on the volume and timing of any rain the rest of this weekend at Mid-Ohio, it could make the races extra intriguing as there will have been less time to optimize the cars for potentially dry conditions.

And at a track where teams are regularly chasing the ever evolving track conditions, it might make this weekend more exciting.

MID-OHIO EVENT CARD

The Michelin Mid-Ohio Event Card for the race is linked here.

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