The buildup from the incredible finish to last year’s AMERICA’S TIRE 250 and the previous day’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 120 set a high standard for the feature event of this weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, and teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship again rose to the occasion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with an unpredictable race that entertained fans and viewers from start to finish.
A thrilling finish at the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 120 and qualifying to shape a captivating AMERICA’S TIRE 250 on Sunday highlighted Saturday action at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Military Appreciation Day gratitude and beautiful weather enhanced the atmosphere of the crowd amid a day of exciting racing from the sports cars on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. The competition intensified with tight season championship battles looming over the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The first day of racing activity set a thunderous tone amid the gorgeous Monterey County backdrop for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring AMERICA’S TIRE 250. The Prototype, GT Le Mans, and GT Daytona cars competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship delivered fast times and thickening plot lines that will keep fans captivated throughout the event.
This weekend’s IMSA Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring AMERICA’S Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was voted by fans and USA Today experts to be the fifth Best Motorsports Race in the World.
This IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sees grand touring cars and prototypes racing for glory during the penultimate race of the season. A fan favorite of the famed 2.238-mile circuit is the section of Turns 8 and 8A known as The Corkscrew.
The top 10 winners in USA Today’s Best Motorsports Race category are:
With only two races remaining, points battles are heating up as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads west for the America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The return of the Prototype class following the GT-only event at VIR means a full grid of WeatherTech Championship entries will take on WeatherTech Raceway’s famed Corkscrew throughout the 2 hour, 40-minute event.
On the eve of a 50th anniversary celebration for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) with a new book release and news that IMSA will be the featured marque at the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Prototype and GT cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are returning to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to remind us that there is no time like the present at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring AMERICA’S TIRE 250 on September 6-9.
Officials from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced that IMSA will be the featured marque for the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to be held at the world-renowned facility in Monterey, California on the weekend of Aug. 15-18, 2019.
The event will feature 50 years of IMSA history with a variety of race cars and personalities from throughout the series’ rich history, which includes several races on the famed, 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit.
What began as the sanctioning body for a Formula Ford and Formula Vee race at Pocono Raceway in October 1969 has grown over five decades to become an international auto racing powerhouse specializing in world-class sports car competition, and next year, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) turns 50.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has long been admired for the world-class road racing facilities and events on its schedule each year, and in 2019, the series will continue building equity in the same 12 events as it had in 2018.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship boasts some of the best racing in motorsports today. The addition of two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves to the two-car Acura Team Penske team that also lured IMSA stars Ricky Taylor and Dane Cameron from previous rides to its full-time driver lineup demonstrates the accelerating momentum of North America’s premier sports car series.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Monterey, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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