Michelin Event Card: Monterey

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

At a track known for its sand, wind and drama, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey presents a great backdrop for the second-to-last race of the IMSA season.

The Monterey SportsCar Championships Powered by McLaren air live, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT and local time) on network NBC. This race is Round 11 of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, and also concludes the WeatherTech Sprint Cup for GT Daytona class competitors.

Meanwhile the second-to-last IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race of the year occurs Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6:05 p.m. EDT (3:05 p.m. PDT and local time) on IMSA.TV.

Notes to glean from this race's Michelin Event Card (linked above):

  • DPi and LMP2 competitors have 10 sets of their semi-confidential IMSA Hard compound tires.
  • GTLM competitors have 10 sets of their proprietary GTLM range. 
  • GTD competitors have 8 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M commercial tires.
  • IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge GS competitors have 5 sets of the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M commercial tires.
  • TCR class competitors carry on with 4 sets of MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S9M commercial tires for the weekend. 
  • GTD and GS teams return to the S8M tires for the first time since Detroit (GTD) and Mid-Ohio (GS), respectively. 
  • There will be 3,400 Michelin tires headed to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
  • A look back at Michelin's IMSA presence during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Quote: "We understand the psyche of the track, if you will. You can really piece it together from all the other places we’ve gone. It’s got elevation change, it’s got some quick corners and it’s got some long duration corners," says Ken Payne, technical director, motorsport, Michelin North America.

"The biggest variable is the temperatures. It can be cool, it can be hot, and you can have the wind blowing, sand and junk get on the track. That combined with the weathered pavement can make for some remarkably low grip situations."

TV Broadcast: NBC, Sunday, Sept. 15,
3 p.m. EDT

Radio: IMSA Radio broadcasts all sessions live from trackside via RS2, IMSA Radio. At Monterey, stations are Sirius 113, XM 202, SiriusXM Online 972