Continental Tire Fast Facts – Circuit Of The Americas
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (P, PC, GTD & GTLM) – September 17, 2016
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – September 16, 2016
TRACK: Circuit of the Americas (COTA) – 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course
LENGTH: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 2:40 hour race, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series – 2:30 hour time limit
- WeatherTech Championship -P teams will be allowed 10 sets of tires (including dry and wet tires), PC and GTD will receive 8 sets.
- There is no set limit for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
WHICH TIRE ARE THEY USING: **Continental Tire has designated, Blacks, as the dry tire to be raced at Watkins Glen. If teams move to wet tires, the P and GTD classes will stay on, Blacks, while the PC class will move to, Golds.
P Blacks – this tire compound is used at Sebring, Long Beach, Mazda Raceway, Detroit, Watkins Glen, Road America, COTA, and Road Atlanta.
Delta Wing Blacks – because it’s the only car on this configuration, it will race on, Blacks, year round.
PC Blacks - this tire compound is used at Sebring, Long Beach, Mazda Raceway, Detroit, Watkins Glen, Road America, Lime Rock, COTA, and Road Atlanta.
GTD Blacks – this tire compound is used at Sebring, Mazda Raceway, Detroit, Watkins Glen,
Road America, Lime Rock, VIR, COTA, and Road Atlanta.
CTSCC This tire compound will be used at all tracks this year.
PIT WINDOW: The estimated pit window for this race is 35-40 laps for all classes. These are just approximations and does not account for fuel mileage, weather or caution flag laps.
TRACK CHARACTERISTICS: COTA has a good mix of right and left-handers; elevation changes; esses; a blind, downhill kink; and passing zones. The teams that have a balanced car will have an advantage. It’s important to wear tires evenly and have enough brakes at the end to charge, especially in the passing zones. COTA is an excellent track for spectators and for TV coverage due to all the passing zones.