Continental Tire Pit Notes - Long Beach Grand Prix

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NUTS & BOLTS

 

WHO’S RACING

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (P, GTLM & GTD) – April 16, 2016

TRACK

Long Beach – 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course

RACE LENGTH

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 100 minutes

TIRE SETS

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship –P teams will be allotted 7 sets of tires (including dry and wet tires) and GTD teams will receive 7 sets.

WHICH TIRE ARE THEY USING

Continental Tire has designated Blacks as the dry tire to be raced at Long Beach. If teams move to wet tires, the P and GTD classes will move to Blacks. This is the same tire that teams are currently scheduled to run at all other tracks (Daytona is the lone exception).

CONTINENTAL BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1,250+ - Number of tires brought to the track (dry and wet) for two classes. This is the least number of tires Continental will bring to an IMSA race in 2017.
  • Double Stint? – Long Beach is generally a one stop race. Look for some teams to roll the dice and double stint a set of Continental tires in order to keep heat in the tires versus going out on cold tires and taking a lap to get up to temps.
  • 2.339 – Average margin of victory over the last three years. In 2014, the Ganassi team won by a mere .759.
  • Back-to-back – While the Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylor have won the last two outings at Long Beach, Dane Cameron has been the fastest driver two years in a row.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Street Car vs. Race Car - Compared to a street tire, race tire treads are thin. In fact, they are about one-quarter of the depth of a traditional tire on a passenger vehicle. The sidewalls are thinner and the tire weighs half of what a street tire weighs.
  • Speaking of Streets, What’s My Mileage? – While the average passenger car will get 40,000 miles plus or minus from a set of tires, a DPi car will get a mere 75 miles (give or take) on the streets of Long Beach.

FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT

**For full transcriptions of our round table, please click here for continentaltire.com.

TRACK CHARACTERISTICS - WTSC

Lawson Aschebach: Long Beach is unique because it's the most diverse street course in North America. It has high speed corners, low speed corners, bumps, long entries and more. There is no room for error so every driver has to be perfect every lap. 

Tom Long: Long Beach is a very challenging circuit for many different reasons - mainly, the tight street circuit layout makes the walls for visibility and room for error non-existent.  Also, just like Sebring, and even more so, the pavement surface changes are extremely bumpy, making it additionally tricky for car setup and optimal handling. 

TIRE MANAGEMENT - WTSC

Lawson Aschebach: It will most likely be a one stop race. That means only one “new” set of tires as we start on the qualifying set. This will highlight the need to get to optimal tire pressures and temps as quickly as possible because passing will be at a premium in the first few laps after a pit stop. 

Tom Long: For Long Beach, tire strategy can be played a few different ways - since it is one of our shortest races of the season, tire degradation is less of a factor than it is during our longer endurance events.  With that said, some teams may opt to try to make it on one pit stop, not changing tires, to keep hot tires on the car for the second half of the race.  There's a gain initially not having to deal with cold slicker tires, but it will be interesting to see if those opting to do so can maintain pace at the end.