After challenging consecutive weekends at Watkins Glen International Raceway, the FCP Euro Motorsports Team heads home for round six of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix.
Rounds four and five of the Michelin Pilot Challenge held at Watkins Glen proved to be the first big challenge that the FCP Euro Motorsports Team was faced with. During the first practice sessions, the team began tracking down the source of vibrations coming from the car. After tracing the issue back to a bad wheel bearing, they made it to qual with a ready-to-race, car. After qualifying P14, the four-hour race was going smoothly with Nate Vincent shaving time lap after lap. Immediately following some of his fastest laps of the session, a spin through The Esses and a run-in with the barrier was the first incident the team has had to tackle in their IMSA campaign. A fifteen-minute stint in the paddock and the car was back on track, nine laps down from the leaders, but able to complete the race.
With round six only days after, the team put their heads down and had the #11 AMG GT4 back together and ready for practice and qualifying for the two-hour endurance race. However, after running a time that would find them in P5, an incident with another car set them back yet again. With a mangled front end and now starting at the back of the field, the team had work to do to make up positions throughout the two hours. Once again they pulled through and were able to finish the race and make up a few positions along the way.
July 16th and 17th mark the dates of the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park where Nate Vincent and Michael Hurczyn will be piloting the #11 AMG GT4 once again. Both drivers have extensive knowledge and thousands of laps of experience at the 1.5-mile circuit in the Northwest hills of Connecticut, only a touch over an hour away from FCP Euro's headquarters in Milford, CT.
The Northeast Grand Prix will test every driver as the 36 car field will be squeezed into the short circuit with both the GS and TCR class running times only a couple of seconds apart. The goal of our team, and every team here, will be to bring the cars home in one piece.
When & Where Is Round 6 of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge?
Round 6: IMSA Northeast Grand Prix
Where - Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT
When - July 16th-17th
How Can I Watch?
IMSA TV & TRACKPASS *LIVE* | Friday, July 16, 2021 | Qualifying: 5:10 pm - 5:55 pm ET
IMSA TV & TRACKPASS *LIVE* | Saturday, July 17, 2021 | Race: 11:00 am - 1:05 pm ET
Join us at Lime Rock Park on Saturday. Most of FCP Euro will be there, and we’d love to have you join us!
If you would like to attend, FCP Euro customers will receive a special discount for tickets to this event. This discount can be redeemed either by phone or by entering the coupon code FCPEURO21 online when prompted. If purchasing tickets in person, mention FCP Euro to the ticket agent at the gate. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here, or head to the FCP Euro Motorsports Instagram for a chance to win free tickets.
*This is an exclusive 1-time offer celebrating the Lime Rock Park/FCP Euro partnership and is not eligible for any other event or race weekend.
2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Schedule
|ACURA SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE||May 14-16||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|
|SAHLEN'S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN||June 24-27||Watkins Glen International Raceway|
|WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL||July 1-2||Watkins Glen International Raceway|
|NORTHEAST GRAND PRIX||July 16-17||Lime Rock Park|
|IMSA SPORTSCAR WEEKEND||August 6-8||Road America|
|WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA||September 10-12||Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca|
|MICHELIN GT CHALLENGE AT VIR||October 8-10||VIRginia International Raceway|
|MOTUL PETIT LE MANS||November 11-13||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta|
To learn more about IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, or find all of the live stream links, visit https://www.imsa.com/michelinpilotchallenge/.
If you would like to learn more about the team at FCP Euro Motorsports, visit race.fcpeuro.com for more information, live streams, and schedules.
Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore