Continental Tire and GRAND-AM Road Racing join NASCAR for the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. For the first time ever on Friday, July 27, 2012, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge cars will compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Continental Tire arranged for Tire Rack to get a ride around the 13-turn IMS road course with Brian Frisselle. An out lap, flying lap and in lap in the Michael Shank Racing Ford-powered Riley Daytona Prototype 2-seater was all it took to discover what the Rolex Series drivers will experience during their upcoming three-hour endurance race.
Exiting the pits going the opposite direction of IndyCar and NASCAR gives a totally unique perspective of the speedway. After taking a 90-degree, right-hand turn off the oval we were impressed with the tires’ responsiveness and cornering capabilities through the flat turn two through seven complex challenges. The limited reference points visible from the cockpit of the 43-inch tall Daytona Prototype were also a surprise to us. Accelerating down the back straight (Hulman Blvd.) gets you almost to the Hall of Fame Museum before Brian used the brakes hard to slow down enough to snake through turns 8, 9, 10 and 11. Then it’s back on the gas to rocket back onto the oval, through the sports car course’s final turn (Indy’s normal Turn 1) and over the yard of bricks to experience the vehicle’s top speed and incredible braking capability as you arrive back at sports car turn one. All too quickly this once-in-a-lifetime experience was over.
While riding in a single car was exciting, watching all of the Rolex Sports cars compete for three hours promises to be quite a show.
See you there!