A 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay shortened the 2019 edition of the Michelin Pilot Challenge Road America 120 to just 75 minutes in length, but a wet-dry-wet race threw the teams and fans plenty of action and curve balls.
Starting on dry tires on a wet, but drying track, Chad Gilsinger fought through the field from 12th position tp eventually take the lead before handing the car over to co-driver Ryan Eversley. The team kept Gilsinger out longer on his stint as they waited for rain to return, making the decision to do a one-stop pit strategy. It looked like the strategy would work out as the rain returned and Gilsinger pitted, swapping dry tires for wets and sticking Eversley in the driver’s seat. It was all for naught however, as waiting to pit cost Eversley to miss the minimum drive time by a mere 8 seconds. Despite crossing the finish line first, the #89 HART Honda Civic Type R would be sent to the back of the grid due to this penalty, handing the victory to the #21 Bryan Herta Autosport Hynundai Veloster.
The #37 LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R would be promoted to second place with the #61 Roadshagger Audi RS3 LMS inheriting 3rd.
Michelin Pilot Challenge will return to action at the end of the month, August 23rd – 25th at Virginia International Raceway.
(image courtesy of IMSA / Galstad)