The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, June 3, 2017 will run on the Detroit Belle Isle temporary road course.
Continental Tire has designated Blacks as the dry tire to be raced at Detroit. 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
• 1,300+ - Number of tires brought to the track (dry and wet) for three classes.
• To double stint or not – With just 100 minutes of race time, look for some teams to double stint or just change two tires at Detroit.
• 2 Teams – Two teams have claimed the five trophies at Detroit since the first Grand-Am race in 2012. Action Express claimed victory in ’12 (Darren Law & Joao Barbosa) and ’15 (Eric Curran & Dane Cameron). Wayne Taylor Racing took the win in ’13 (Jordan Taylor & Max Angelelli), ’14 & ‘16 (Jordan & Ricky Taylor).
• 4 Manufacturers in 5 Years – Four different GTD manufacturers have driven on their Continental tires to victory at Detroit: ’16 (Dodge Viper GT3-R), ’15 (Porsche 911 GT America), ’14 (Ferrari 458 Italia), ’13 (Camaro GT.R), and ’12 (Camaro GT.R).
Track Characteristics - WTSC
Jordan Taylor: Detroit is compared to Long Beach as a street course which is difficult for drivers and teams, there’s no room for error, it’s bumpy, and it’s very abrasive so you have to have a car that works well mechanically. It’s not super aero-dependent so you’re working mainly on the mechanical side of it to understand how to use the tire properly and how to get the most out of it.
Jeff Segal: Detroit is a tricky one. Very, very bumpy, lots of changes of pavement. You’ve got to have your car really dialed in well there.
Tire Management - WTSC
Jordan Taylor: It’s nice to have the 100 minute races where you know you’re only going to have one stop and it equals out on the stint length so you know you can push the whole way through. The street course races are fun as a driver because normally you can push all the way through and not worry about fuel management or tire management.
Jeff Segal: Detroit is always track position so that’s where you start to push the tires harder and you really ask a lot from them in terms of longevity. I don’t know exactly what our strategy will be but I suspect there is a reasonable chance that people might look at doing the entire race on one set or just changes two tires depending on how quickly you can do your driver change.