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Daytona Pit Notes 2016

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Nuts & Bolts

Who’s Racing:

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (P, PC, GTD & GTLM) – January 30-31, 2016
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – January 29, 2016

Track:

Daytona International Speedway – 3.56-mile, 12-turn stadium road course

Length:

 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – 24 hour (First leg of the North American Endurance Championship)

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – 2:30 hour time limit

Tire Sets:

Tudor Championship -P  teams will be allowed 36 sets of tires (including dry and wet tires), PC 26 sets, and GTD teams will receive 28 sets.

There is no set limit for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

WHICH TIRE ARE THEY USING:

**Continental Tire has designated, Golds, as the dry tire to be raced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2016. If teams move to wet tires, the P and PC classes will move to, Blacks, while the GTD class will stay on, Golds.

P     Golds – this tire compound is used at Daytona.

Delta Wing     Blacks – because it’s the only car on this configuration, it will race on, Blacks, year round.
PC        Golds – this tire compound is used at Daytona.
GTD        Golds – this tire compound is used at Daytona.
CTSCC     This tire compound will be used at all tracks this year.

Pit Window:

A fuel stint for the P class is approximately 22 laps. Look for teams to double stint on a set of tires during the 24-hour event (day and/or night) depending on pit strategy, track position, and other variables. In 2015, the winning Prototype (No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing w/Felix Sabates Ford DP) triple and quadruple stinted their tires. These are just approximations and does not account for fuel mileage, weather or caution flag laps.

Track Characteristics:

Since it’s repaving in late 2010, Daytona International Speedway has a smooth surface. This produces relatively little wear and because of the low wear, produces relatively high tread temperatures. There are also relatively “high loads” the tires must endure due to the high banked corners and vehicle speeds that are unique to this track.

FYI

  • Continental Tire By The Numbers
    • 7,000 – Number of tires brought to the track (dry & wet) for both series. This is about four times more than any other race weekend.
    • 68 – Continental employees to process the tires and service all IMSA teams. Continental brings approximately 20-25 people on an average race weekend.
    • 16 – Number of trailers it takes to transport the 7,000 tires to Daytona.
    • 200+ - At peak demand, this is how many tires the Continental team can process in an hour.
    • 2-Minutes – The amount of time it takes the trackside services crew to dismount, mount and balance one tire.
    • 5,000+ – The team expects to process 5,000+ tires over the weekend.
  • Track vs. Street - Race tires are not designed for high mileage however, they are designed to be subjected to greater forces than that of street tires. In fact, a set of race tires will last approximately 300 miles while an average set of street tires should last approximately 50,000 - 60,000 miles. Race tires are also designed to run under a very specific set of circumstances while street tires are designed to run in a wide range of environmental conditions (dry, wet, snow, heat, cold). It’s also worth noting, one WeatherTech team will use more sets of tires in one race weekend than the average person will purchase in a lifetime.
  • Prepared Rain or Shine – Rain is always a possibility in Daytona forcing teams to move to a wet tire versus a slick. Aside from the visible grooves, a wet tire is designed for maximum grip in wet conditions and has a completely different tread and carcass than the slick. It’s a softer compound that is designed to reach a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit while a slick tire can reach a temperature of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The wear of a wet tire is significantly accelerated in dry conditions, which is why you see drivers intentionally drive through puddles during that awkward, it’s not raining and it’s not dry, time. The puddles help drivers cool the tires off and work their maximum capabilities while trying to get within their pit window.
  • DYK – Here are a few random facts that make you go hmmmmm.
    • Over the last 5 years, the P, PC and GTD classes have raced 529,828 miles during the Rolex 24. It’s a mere 238,855 miles from Earth to the Moon. So the gang could make a trip to the moon and back with 52,118 miles to spare.
    • The average US citizen drives 13,476 miles per year. The winner of last year’s Rolex 24 completed 2,634 miles. If you race 5 Rolex 24 races, you would do as many miles in five days as the average person drives in 365 days.
    • The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series has races a total of 78,188 miles at Daytona over the last five years. That’s three times around the Earth’s equator (24,860 miles).

 

 

About Continental Tire the Americas

 Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of IMSA, Major League Soccer (MLS), College Basketball, Team är-kªn', West Coast Customs, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Petty’s Garage.

 

About Continental AG

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated sales of €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 208,000 people in 55 countries.

 

Media Contact

Sheri Herrmann
PLT Communications Coordinator
Continental Tire The Americas
1830 MacMillan Park Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29707
Phone: +1-(704)583-8151
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