8 facts about the Indianapolis 8 hour

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To get you in the mood for this weekend’s action, here are eight facts you perhaps didn’t know about the race.

1. The favourites for victory

Since its debut season in the GT World Challenge America powered by AWS series last year, K-PAX Racing and Lamborghini have been the force to beat. The US outfit picked up its second successive Teams’ title at Sebring last time out while Andrea Caldarelli was crowned Drivers’ champion for the second year on the bounce. It was also Caldarelli’s 17th GTWC race victory in two years, and K-PAX’s 18th out of the last 25 races.

2. The circuit is actually made out of a load of bricks

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is known also as “the Brickyard”: it gets its name from the 1909 surfacing project when 3.2 million street paving bricks were laid. On the current asphalt track, one yard of the historic brickwork is exposed at the start-finish line.

3. Packed weekend of action. Indianapolis is not only hosting the 8-Hour GT3 race

In addition to the showcase event, there is action in TC America – the touring car championship – as well as the Pirelli GT4 America, GT America and a special reunion of Vipers to thrill the spectators and viewers all weekend.

4. Europe’s best are on their way Stateside

A number of drivers contesting this weekend’s 8 Hours will have made the long-distance trek across the pond, having driven the final round of the GT World Challenge Europe campaign at Barcelona last weekend. Alessio Rovera, Antonio Fuoco and Alessandro Pier Guidi drove for Iron Lynx in Spain while Raffaele Marciello, Dani Juncadella and Jules Gounon wrapped up the Endurance Cup title for Mercedes. GMP Racing’s Klaus Bachler was one of the three overall race winners in Barcelona for Porsche while US RaceTronics’ Loris Spinelli won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe drivers’ title.

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5. There are more women on the grid this year

There will five female drivers contesting the 8 Hours, with full-season campaigners Erin Vogel and Taylor Hagler teaming up together in the RealTime Racing Acura alongside Michael Cooper, while Ashton Harrison resumes her partnership with two-time IMSA GTD champion Christina Nielsen in the Racers Edge Acura, with “Super” Mario Farnbacher as team-mate. Samantha Tan will also take part in the ST Racing Mercedes.

6. Number crunching

In total, there have 563 race laps completed across the 13-round GT World Challenge America season so far. And, by the time the teams arrive in Indianapolis, the GTWC America cavalcade will have covered nearly 10,000 miles of travel to and from the circuits in 2022.

7. It’s not just the Pros you need to look out for

Of the 12 races run so far this year, two have won overall by Pro-Am cars. Both of these victories came at Watkins Glen, with Wright Motorsport’s Jan Heylen and Charlie Luck winning the first race and the Crowdstrike with Riley Motorsports Acura of Colin Braun and George Kurtz taking the second.

8. It’s a matter of numbers

The Indianapolis 8 Hour is the most demanding motorsport event of the year for Pirelli North America. Some numbers will help to describe Pirelli’s effort for this endurance race: 6 trucks; over 3,000 tires between slicks and rain, and almost 30 people from the Pirelli staff are heading to the “Brickyard”. A logistical challenge that lasts more than 8 hours! 

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