United SportsCar Championship for Rookies [Part IV]

USCC Rookie

It all ends here folks! The finish had to come at some point… that is to our Rookie Series of course, not the United SportsCar Championship™ or the World Endurance Championship™! We know you’ve enjoyed our rookie knowledge over the past four weeks, but don’t be saddened! Now, you are an expert in United SportsCar and WEC, and will enjoy the Lone Star Le Mans weekend series EVEN MORE! We couldn’t be more excited for you!

Let recap what we have covered thus far:

• [Part I, United SportsCar flags and their different meanings]
• [Part II, United SportsCar qualifying procedures]
• [Part III, United SportsCar the Race Start]

Today, we will conclude our Rookie Series with Pit Stops!

PIT STOPS

IMAGINE THIS: Pulling into your local gas station, filling up your car and changing all four tires in less than 25 second (yes, our jaws hit the floor also). Well, that is exactly what happens during a pit stop, and much more depending on the severity of the car situation. With the format of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events, a lot happens during a routine pit stop and it can get extremely complicated at times –obviously.

Pit stop

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

For starters, No-one is allowed over the wall until the car comes to a full stop, which is different than most other racing categories (Formula 1™, for example).

There is no such need for a jack man in the TUDOR Championship which, many may find strange, but here’s why. A tire changer connects an air hose to the car and a pneumatic jack lifts the car –genius if you ask me!

This will also throw you for a loop; two drivers are required for every race, with three to five drivers used in the endurance races at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta.

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When the time comes for a driver change, a crewman is allowed over the wall to assist connecting the driver’s HANS device (a hard collar that prevents the head from snapping forward during a wreck), radio, hoses, and safety belts, along with the five crewmen allowed to work on the car.

According to the IMSA, “In addition to refueling and tire changes, crewmen routinely perform other work on the car, especially in the endurance races, including changing brake pads and rotors, wing adjustments, repairing damage resulting from contact and other mechanical work to the car.”

In order to keep everyone safe, a pit road speed limit of 35 miles per hour (60 kilometers) is strictly enforced for cars entering and leaving the pits. If not abided by, drivers will be black flagged and forced to serve a drive-through penalty down pit road –yikes.

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PUTTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO USE

Now that you understand the most important regulations and rules of the sport, you have all the more reason to attend the United SportsCar Championship at the Circuit of The Americas™ this coming September! The Lone Star Le Mans series will include both the World Endurance Championship and the United SportsCar Championship in an inaugural event. You don’t want to miss this world debut!

Through Circuit of The Americas Experiences, you will be in the heart of the action for this event’s first appearance in Austin, all taking place in the same weekend. Between the heart-stopping views, gourmet foods, paddock tours, and pit lane walks, you’ll be in a racing oasis! Book your Official Ticket Package today, what are you waiting for –another Rookie Series?

 

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