ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (August 5, 2015) - Michelin and its technical partner teams from BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing, Porsche North America and Risi Competizione Ferrari roll into the scenic paddock at Road America this week with smiles all around.
In a motorsport world increasingly defined by constrained performance, the longest circuit of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season brings a rare sense of freedom to drivers, teams and engineers.
The 4.08-mile natural terrain circuit features 171 feet of elevation changes, three long straightaways, including a monster 4,400 foot main straightaway, and a stunning array of corners that includes blind apexes, off camber, and long, high-speed corners. The combination makes Road America an opportunity for cars to stretch their legs and drivers to test their limits.
“Each of our technical partners has chosen Michelin to enable its total performance,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for Michelin North America. “With different wheelbases and weight distributions and engines mounted front (BMW and Corvette), amidships (Ferrari), and rear-engine (Porsche), our Michelin technical partners present a challenging mix of chassis designs and each team has a slightly different approach to going fast at Road America.”
As the only open-tire class in the TUDOR Championship, the factory linked GTLM class teams will look to take full advantage of the Michelin technical options.
“Depending upon the nature of the car and team and driver preferences, our technical partner teams can take advantage of the flexibility that permits them to run two or even three different MICHELIN® tire compounds on the car at the same time,” said Baker.
“Whichever options or combinations that our technical partners choose; they should find the grip, braking, cornering power and tread wear they demand,” said Baker. “While they come at it in different ways, they should all end up with a very competitive package for their car, chassis set up and race strategy.”
The two-hour 40-minute race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 3:00 p.m. (ET), Sunday, August 9. Continuing coverage, notes and photos will be available throughout the race weekend at www.michelinalley.com.
For more information contact:
John Love Brian Remsberg
EMC Strategic Communications Michelin North America
mobile: 313 506 2114 office: 864 458 5908
office: 248 816 0106 email@example.com
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.