F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!
z


Apr 25, 2014 - 04:48 PM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)



Top Stories
· 2014 Richmond: NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice One Results - Larson, Chevrolet Fastest! (Apr 25, 2014)
· 2014 Richmond: NASCAR Nationwide Final Practice Results - Buescher, Toyota Fastest! (Apr 25, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Race Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Win! (Apr 20, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview (Apr 19, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Hamilton, Mercedes On Pole! (Apr 19, 2014)

Previous Top Stories!


Hot Rumors!
· F1: Domenicali linked with Italian basketball move ? (Apr 25, 2014)
· F1: Whitmarsh set for $10m McLaren payout ? (Apr 20, 2014)
· F1: Ferrari could turn hopes to 2015 season ? (Apr 17, 2014)
· F1: Early mistakes affected Schumacher outcome ? (Apr 17, 2014)
· F1: Mercedes to shed F1 staff ? (Apr 17, 2014)
More Rumors!


Michelin Helps Teams Get A Grip On Slippery Surface At The Monterey Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Apr 25, 2014 - 04:41 PM
Sports Cars
Michelin Helps Teams Get A Grip On Slippery Surface At The Monterey Grand Prix


Grip is the name of the game as Michelin and its technical partner teams from BMW Team RLL, Porsche North America, Corvette Racing, SRT Viper, Risi Competitizione Ferrari and Krohn Racing Ferrari head to Monterey’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the fourth stop of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

 

Bookmark and Share
“The track is a low grip circuit, so our Michelin technical partner teams will rely heavily on tires to gain mechanical grip,” said Ken Payne, motorsports technical director for Michelin North America.

“The grip level is tricky because the track temperatures can change fairly quickly and the winds carry sand from the nearby beaches, farms, military installations and the big sand and gravel traps around the circuit itself,” said Payne. “The sand is very fine and it creates a moving layer of interference almost like microscopic marbles between the tire and the track surface.”

Cars often exacerbate the problem by dragging sand and gravel back onto the 2.238 mile circuit as drivers drop a wheel off the pavement or find themselves momentarily off track.

While Michelin has enjoyed great success at Mazda Raceway, winning overall and top GT class honors for the past seven years, two new factors may come into play on Sunday, May 4.

The TUDOR Championship will split the field into a pair of two hour events with the Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes starting at 10:15 am (PDT), followed by the big pro-based Prototype and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes at 2:45 pm (PDT).

Having fewer cars on the track may mean fewer caution periods and longer green flag runs on what has historically been a low treadwear circuit. “That would typically be a good thing for Michelin, as we tend to enjoy excellent consistency and long tread life,” said Payne. But the joker in the deck is a new rule for 2014 permitting tires to be changed at the same time as cars are refueled, thus limiting the advantage of multiple stinting tires.

The race start time and two hour race length means that we expect fairly warm but consistent track temperatures. “Our GTLM teams may be able to do the race on a single pit stop, but depending on caution periods and race strategies, we can envision teams making one, two or even no tire changes,” said Payne.

Michelin technical partner teams swept the first seven places in the GT Le Mans class at the recent Grand Prix of Long Beach and will have the same soft or medium compound tires available to suit their car set-ups and team strategies.


PaddockTalk Perspective



Also in Sports Cars:



 
Related links
· Sports Car Edition
· Top PaddockTalk News!
· More about Sports Cars







Home :: _ 


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: admin@paddocktalk.com
Privacy