Race Starts

Prior to every event, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge gives spectators the opportunity to see the cars up close and meet their favorite drivers during an Open Grid/Fan Walk. The cars are lined up based on qualifying results, with the fastest overall car starting from the pole position, the second fastest qualifier starting second, and continuing until the grid is complete.

Competitors are always reminded that it’s impossible to win a race in the first turn of the first lap – but it’s very easy to lose one there.

For the drivers, with anticipation building on the grid, then the command to start the engines, and the adrenaline surging throughout the formation laps, many of them sometimes throw caution to the wind and sprint towards the first turn as quickly as possible.

As a result, race starts can be one of the most thrilling parts of the sport and potentially a turning point early in the race.