The Continental SportsCar Challenge returns to action after what seems like an eternity with it being nearly 2 months since we last saw the GS and ST classes do battle. The series comes to Watkins Glen to run a 2 hour race on the 3.4 mile circuit in New York.
The entry list sees the usual suspects with 21 ST cars set to take the green flag. Last years race was won by Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante in the RS1 Porsche Cayman with the ST spec Cayman’s sweeping the entire podium. Pumpelly and Galante return in 2017 with a new livery in support of the Racing to End Alzheimers Foundation, but the defending race winners will have to deal with the fleet of MX-5’s from Freedom Autosport. The LAP Motorsports Mini JCW team (who recently announced they are building a TCR spec Mini) are bringing 3 cars to the event and joined by the all Canadian effort from Team Octane. Team Octane is no stranger to the Mini platform, they campaign a Mini JCW in the Canadian Touring Car Championship and have done well with the car in that championship. The Mini’s have shown great pace all year long and have challenged for the lead on a couple of occasions, including a win at Daytona to kick off the season. Looking back at the data analysis from last year the Porsche Cayman was the car to have but the lone Nissan Altima, along with the MX-5 were all able to run lap times comparable to the leaders. It’s safe to assume that the Caymans will be strong and it will be difficult to count out any of the teams this weekend.
In GS we see a massive increase in car count from last year. Seven cars took the green flag in 2016 and 2017 will see over twice that with 15. C360R carry some momentum coming off of a 1-2 finish with the new McLaren GT4 car at COTA. The new Camaro GT4.R will be back with Stevenson Motorsports where the car has shown great speed and consistency in the PWC, despite not yet having a win, and showed promise at it’s CTSCC debut at COTA. KorH Motorsports also returns with their new Mustang (soon-to-be-GT4) for Dean Martin and Jack Roush Jr. The racing in the GS category has been extremely close all year and we are not expecting that to change this weekend.
Friday, June 30th
1:35pm EDT – Qualifying (ST)
1:50pm EDT – Qualifying (GS)
Saturday, July 1st
2:25pm EDT – Race
Qualifying and the Race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv. The race will be shown on FS1 on July 9th at 10am.