Racing Blip: 2015 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

By | August 9, 2015

No. 01 Ford EcoBoost DP

No. 01 Ford EcoBoost DP

Racing Blip: 2015 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

Heading south from Green Bay, Wisconsin, for about 80 minutes, you’ll come across Road America in Elkhart Lake. One of the oldest, still functioning, race tracks in the United States. This scenic track is the setting for the latest round of IMSA/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

With race week practice sessions being hampered by rain, not all the teams and drivers had all the time needed to really “dail-in” their cars on the 4.048 mile track.

Here’s a brief rundown on what to watch for on today’s race:

Joey Hand piloted the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley DP to their first pole of the season, 0.5 seconds ahead of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. As what seems to be typical, the P2 cars – er – car appears to struggle to keep the pace of the DP cars. The No. 60 MSR Ligier JS P2 Honda qualified 5th, 1.05 seconds behind. We won’t talk about how poorly the Mazda Prototype machines did.

As seems to be the case, GTLM still brings about the excitement. Porsche North America’s No. 912 set a blistering qualifying lap time of 2:02.384. A new track record by the New Zealander, Earl Bamber. Following closely behind was the No. 3 Corvette Racing C7.R driven by Antonio Garcia.

Expect this to be a solid battle across the board. Road America offers plenty of staigtways that favor the larger displaced engines to really BREATH, yet many twists and turns for the smaller and more nimble cars to showcase their strengths!

How to watch?

Best to head over to IMSA’s site for streaming and TV broadcasts.

Always, here’s the spotter’s guide.

Race starts at 3:05 ET.

Or catch it later on IMSA’s YouTube channel.

[photo | IMSA]


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