8 facts about
the Indianapolis 8 hour

8 facts about the Indianapolis 8 hour 01

1. There is always a first time

Also for an epic circuit as Indianapolis. After three years spent at another iconic venue, Laguna Seca, North America’s round of the globe-trotting GT3 series heads for the first time to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2. A true festival of speed

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sports car championship together with its North American series, GT World Challenge America. The Indianapolis 8 Hour will combine the two series for the first time in an epic endurance classic on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at the Racing Capital of the World. The best International GT teams will battle GT World Challenge America teams to enhance the exciting #IntGTC schedule organized by SRO Motorsports Group. The track will host also the IndyCar Series, Pirelli GT4 America Sprint and SprintX, TC America and Skip Barber Formula Series, for a true festival of speed.

3. Globetrotters

The Indianapolis event forms the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, a competition which started with the Bathurst 12 Hour in February. The Intercontinental GT is scheduled to run across the October 2-4 weekend before heading back to Europe for the 24 Hours of Spa (October 22-25), and then on to South Africa for the Kyalami 9 Hour on December 10-12. 

4. Fans, Fans, Fans

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. Due to the current situation, of course, it will be not possible to fill them all. But, there is a good news for the racing fans: up to 10,000 spectators will be allowed per day for Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli round following approval from Indiana’s Marion County Public Health Department.

8 facts about the Indianapolis 8 hour 02

5. The Brickyard

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.

6. Entry list

This weekend’s Indianapolis 8 Hour has expanded to a 23-car grid. A total of 13 GT3 cars and 10 GT4 entries are set for IGTC’s inaugural visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a race that will also serve as the season finale for GT World Challenge America powered by AWS competitors.

7. Let the battle begin

The latter’s championship leaders Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet will hope to follow up Bentley’s breakthrough #IntGTC victory at Bathurst with another strong result in America where its local customer team, K-PAX Racing, run the trio’s Continental GT3. Both Walkenhorst BMWs make the trip from Europe, the team’s second M6 shared by Martin Tomczyk, Nick Yelloly and David Pittard confirmed for its first #IntGTC appearance of the campaign, while Honda Racing add further full-season flavour alongside Honda/Acura’s domestic Racers Edge Motorsport squad. Porsche, Ferrari and Audi will be also part of this epic battle.

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! 

Read more