Racing Blip: 2014 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America

By | August 10, 2014

Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1

Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1

Welcome to Elkhart Lake in the wooded beauty of Wisconsin. Home of Road America. One of the few tracks in North America that hasn’t gone through a slew of configuration changes since it’s inception in the mid-50’s.

Road America is also home to another one of the more famous turns in racing. Located on the back side of the track, just past the exit of “The Carousal”, you’ll find “The Kink”. Hit the apex just right and you can fly through at full speed. Miss the apex, you’re either slowing down and losing a lot of momentum, or your kissing wall to the left. This is also one of the longest tracks on IMSA/TUDOR’s schedule, coming in at just over 4 miles. Many drivers love the elevation changes and the over all flow of the course. This track should be on the “bucket list” for any driver / racing fan. Pro-tip: rent a golf cart at the track to get around!

What to watch for in this round 10 event:

In the P class. Well, the No.1 P2 car of Extreme Speed Motorsport took pole during a rather exciting qualifying yesterday with a blistering last minute run of 1:55.166, nearly a full second over the 2nd place No. 5 Action Express Racing Covette. There should be some intense racing between the various DP and P2 cars.

In GTLM, I don’t think I’ve seen so many lead changes in a 15 min qualifying session for a long time. BMW then Viper, then BMW. THEN Viper. At the end of the 15 mins, the front two rows will be BMW, Viper, Viper, BMW. I would not count out the lone Ferrari. Risi put down some impressive lap times during practice sessions. Porsche made a strong showing and I would expect the Corvettes the really put up a fight as well.

The race happens today – Sunday, August 10th, at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT (it’s on tape delay).

How to watch it the race?

Honestly, the best thing to do head on over to IMSA’s Race Central and sort it out there. Or just head on over to IMSA/TUDOR’s YouTube channel and watch the VOD in a few days.

As always, the ever handy spotter’s guide.

[photo | mike gillilan]

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