Race Starts

Prior to every event, competitors are reminded that it’s impossible to win a race in the first turn of the first lap – but very easy to lose one there.

Time and time again, that advice is suddenly forgotten when the green flag waves for the start. With the anxiety building on the grid, the adrenaline surging with the command to start the engines, and the heart pounding throughout the formation lap(s), many drivers throw caution to the wind and sprint to get to the first turn as quickly as possible.

It’s just as exciting for the fans. The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge gives spectators the opportunity to tour the grid prior to each race during an Open Grid/Fan Walk, where they can see the cars up close and meet the drivers. Then comes the green flag as the field fans out three and four wide before narrowing into the first turn. You’ll have another minute or so to catch your breath before the cars race back to complete the next lap.

Continental Tire Challenge grids are based on qualifying results. The fastest overall car starts from the pole position, with the second fastest qualifier second, and continuing until the grid is complete.