Circuit of the Americas, the world famous F1 track, will host yet another amazing event in Central Texas. With IMSA & FIA WEC sharing track time throughout the weekend, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite machines putting down their best lap times.
THURSDAY, Sep15 - Get there early! Porsche GT3 Cup series takes the track at 800am for qualifying, followed by Lamborghini Trofeo qualifying at 835am. There will be a Fan Pit Walk at 1135am which will give the average spectator the ability to walk pit lane & get up close to these high speed demons. Who knows, you may even run across a celebrity or 2, this is Austin after all. Afternoon schedule has practice sessions for both FIA WEC & IMSA WeatherTech Championship starting at 245pm...This will be the 1st time for the WEC machines to hit the track & retrieve initial #s for further adjustments. Even the smallest amount of aero change or tire pressure could mean win or lose.
FRIDAY, Sep16 - Gates open at 730am for all you early birds. The Lamborghini Trafeo Race #2 kicks off the morning at 800am. If you're a fan of Lamborghini, you'll definitely want to catch this one. At 1150am you get the chance to walk between the Continental Challenge cars as they line up on the starting grid. This will be the best opportunity to see the last minute prep by teams & drivers before the race begins. If you weren't a race fan before this grid walk, I can almost guarantee you will be afterwards. There's just something about being so close, being able to crouch down, take a selfie next to your weekends hopeful & then cheer em on minutes later. Not to mention the smell of race fuel, I mean come on, it's heaven! After the Continental Challenge race, the WeatherTech Championship qualifying gets under way. (GTD) at 345pm, (GTLM) at 410pm, (PC) at 435pm & finally (P) at 5pm. These time frames will be the last chance each team has to dial in the vehicles for Saturday's Lone Star Le Mans race. Just as the sun is starting to drop, the FIA WEC big boys come out to play. 1st the LMGTE Pro/LMGTE Am classes hit the 3.4 miles during their qualifying session at 545pm. These 2 classes consist of manufactures such as; Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Chevrolet to name a few. At 615pm, the FIA WEC LMP1/LMP2 classes take the track for 1 more outing. The LMP1 machines include the Porsche 919 Hyrbid, Audi R18 etron, & Toyota TS-040. These 3 vehicles boast power from both an internal combustion engine & an electronically assisted hybrid system + the use of (ERS) or Energy Recovery System. LMP2 machines are restricted to 5000cc max naturally aspirated V8 engine or 3200cc max turbo/supercharged 6 cylinders.
SATURDAY, Sep17 - IT'S RACE DAY!!! This is the day you've been waiting for! The day starts with a 20min warm up session by all classes within the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Then get in line for the WeatherTech Championship autograph session located in the paddock behind pitlane. Don't forget your favorite driver or team's tshirt, hat, or digital print for that signature that will certainly make your friends jealous. 1135am will be start time for the Lone Star Le Mans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 2hrs 40min is the amount of time that will separate the boys from the men. Will everyone go the distance? Will there be a major upset? Grab a seat & hold on! It's certainly going to be a great show.
After the IMSA race, the FIA WEC puts on it's own autograph session located on the front straight from 300-345pm. Then finally, at 500pm, the FIA WEC 6hrs of Circuit of the Americas begins! A race that starts with sunny skies will end under a starry night. That's what endurance racing is about. When temperatures change, track conditions can go from good to bad in what seems like an instant. Will the preparation & setup done by teams & drivers give them the key to success? There's only 1 way to find out...plan your action packed, family friendly weekend & I'll see you at Circuit of the Americas for the 2016 Lone Star Le Mans!