Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge: The BMW Performance 200

Rain and gloom overshadowed the start of the race, but quickly blew away.

 

As this event was not broadcast live, and will be shown next weekend on Speed channel, I don’t want to give away the ending, but I can tell you this, it was a good one.  In a 2 hour race that began with drizzles and a gamble between wets and drys, with the sun coming out and the breeze picking up, soon turning to a completely dry course, made for an eventful…er…event.

As the cars sat on the grid, nobody had any idea as to what the track conditions were.  the cars had not been on track in some time, and the rain had been falling all morning.  Grand Am decided that two reconnaissance laps to provide the teams with some tire and weather data.  Teams were already losing themselves before the race even began, I personally witnessed three cars spin in the infield, and one of them even suffered severe suspension damage, forcing them to retire.

While there were several cautions, the time that the track was green did not go to waste.  All of the 81 cars that took the green flag were pushing from the very first second.  The lead changed at the first corner, and by the end of the first lap, three separate cars had led.  Be sure to catch the rest of the race on Saturday, February 4th at 12 noon.

 

 

 

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