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Old 20 Sep 2017, 16:08 (Ref:3768827)   #16
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Just got the Michelin confirmation in my mailbox.

"DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2017) - The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced that Michelin will become the “Official Tire of IMSA” in its premier series – the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its two major Challenge series – beginning in 2019.

"The multi-year agreement calls for Michelin tires to be on every Prototype (P) and GT Daytona (GTD) race car competing in the WeatherTech Championship in addition to its continued participation in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The GTLM class will continue to be open to multiple tire manufacturers.

"The 2019 IMSA Michelin SportsCar Challenge will feature the Grand Sport (GS) class for cars built to international GT4 specifications and Touring Car for TCR-spec race cars. The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, featuring LMP3 race cars, also will ride on Michelins."

Maybe a bunch of drivers got together and said, "If you want to run a real international-quality series you will need to use real tires."

(I forget which driver said in a post-race interview "In Europe the tires are softer and they last longer.")

This could be really helpful if IMSA DPi rules are going to be folded into LMP1-L rules later on, too ... teams will be able to use the same set-ups on either side of the pond.
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 16:10 (Ref:3768828)   #17
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This actually kind of bums me out. I think Continental did a lot for the series and the Continental tire challenge is fantastic the way it is. In the WTSCC i can't see performance levels going up much just because it's going to say Michelin instead of Continental, spec is spec after all, but perhaps I'm wrong. If conti could keep the CTSCC and Michelin had WTSCC that would be cool...

On the bright side since GTLM is still open tire maybe Conti can try and come back with a customer program, but that's a tough sell going from being a money making spec supplier to a money spending development tire.
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 16:37 (Ref:3768831)   #18
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As far as I know the drivers have hated Conti tires since before the merger (I listened to one of the Taylor bothers joking with other drivers and crew about how he had better traction with his street tires, one lucky day back in 2012 (?) when I caught a tram at Homestead that was full of drivers and crew.)

Conti probably offered good money ... so I assume Michelin did too. And Michelin has the budget to do as much advertising as Conti could.

I really think that the series needed to improve the tires. Lap times in WeatherTech will likely come down, and since it seems the series wants to be seen as on par with WEC ... IMSA needs to show comparable performance.

Conti --- the crazy driving, big fields, and adventurous driving won't change.
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 16:55 (Ref:3768835)   #19
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Michelin signed on remarkably quickly after the announcement. Was this primarily an IMSA decision, but they had the good grace to allow Continental to do the withdrawal announcement first?
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 16:57 (Ref:3768836)   #20
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That's correct.
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 17:03 (Ref:3768838)   #21
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Michelin signed on remarkably quickly after the announcement. Was this primarily an IMSA decision, but they had the good grace to allow Continental to do the withdrawal announcement first?
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That's correct.
IMSA opened up the tire contract for tenders back in March.






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Very true, having never driven on them it could be a totally different story!
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Old 20 Sep 2017, 18:09 (Ref:3768846)   #23
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IMSA opened up the tire contract for tenders back in March.
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Doesn't affect the timing of the announcements. I'm surprised imsa's announcement was this early. But I guess once continental published theirs...no point in leaving everyone in suspense and speculation until petit.
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The stars are aligning. If Michelin use their lmp1 knowledge for tires in the P class, then it will be easier for DPi-to-lmp1 regs to happen and teams have more than just a common ruleset, but common tires. Good move by IMSA and Michelin imo.
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The stars are aligning. If Michelin use their lmp1 knowledge for tires in the P class, then it will be easier for DPi-to-lmp1 regs to happen and teams have more than just a common ruleset, but common tires. Good move by IMSA and Michelin imo.
The ACO have made it clear that they do not want to incorporate DPi into their rules set at this time and I doubt very much it will factor into their future LMP1 plans.

I think this was sheerly that a former partner wanted the sponsorship and supply deal more than the current partner. Better performance might be a bonus.
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Doesn't affect the timing of the announcements. I'm surprised imsa's announcement was this early. But I guess once continental published theirs...no point in leaving everyone in suspense and speculation until petit.
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Michelin getting the contract (signing on) is what prompted the announcement! Has EVERYTHING to do with the announcement and who put it out first and so on (timing).





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The ACO have made it clear that they do not want to incorporate DPi into their rules set at this time and I doubt very much it will factor into their future LMP1 plans.

I think this was sheerly that a former partner wanted the sponsorship and supply deal more than the current partner. Better performance might be a bonus.
I think you misunderstood. The future lmp1 ruleset has a very good chance to be the same rules in DPi. As in DPi will be based off lmp1 in the future not lmp2 and it will allow those DPi teams to race in the WEC and IMSA with the same car.
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Conti probably offered good money ... so I assume Michelin did too. And Michelin has the budget to do as much advertising as Conti could.
Michelin has a much larger market share in North America than Conti, so they probably have a much larger marketing budget.
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Michelin has a much larger market share in North America than Conti, so they probably have a much larger marketing budget.

Always about the money, to be sure.
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I think you misunderstood. The future lmp1 ruleset has a very good chance to be the same rules in DPi. As in DPi will be based off lmp1 in the future not lmp2 and it will allow those DPi teams to race in the WEC and IMSA with the same car.
No I'm with you and think that would be wonderful. I just don't see that happening with the next set of LMP regulations. Long term, who knows.
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