The shortest race of the season packed a week’s worth of action into the 100 minute race on the 1.968 mile Long Beach street circuit as Michelin technical partner teams from Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford and BMW all had moments of glory, frustration and top five finishes.
There are more than four million miles of roads in the United States*, but this week, a 1.968 mile temporary race circuit through the streets of downtown Long Beach will be the focus of the racing world and a valuable test road for Michelin engineers.
When Michelin and its technical partner teams from BMW, Corvette, Ford, Ferrari, and Porsche begin practice and qualifying for Saturday’s big Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring they will find a very different track than the one that they tested on just a few weeks ago.
The first race of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech Championship delivered the GTLM class competition that fans anticipated and more as Michelin technical partners from Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, and Ford battled throughout the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Michelin says that; “The right tire changes everything.” Here at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening race of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Michelin may even say, “the right, right (side) tire changes everything.”