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Continental heads to Indianapolis ahead of Grand-Am

Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to Continental last week, as the tire manufacturer and four Rolex Series teams tested their new tire configurations ahead of the forthcoming race on July 27.

The teams tested the new DP-I and GT-I configurations, with I designating Indianapolis. This test session is the second time that Continental have used the 2.6 mile stadium road course.

"The Continental Tire team has worked extremely hard to develop a tire that will allow all the Grand-Am teams to perform at their best at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. "It's an honor to be able to showcase our tires at such a historic race track. We've been testing the tire and working with the teams and Grand-Am to help give the fans the best show possible during Super Weekend in July."

Despite track temperatures reaching over 120 degrees, and a track that refused to rubber-in, teams ran full fuel stints during the afternoon sessions and Continental claimed it was able to gather good data, to give an insight to the forthcoming race.

"It's pretty typical, it's just an incredibly green track right now and it's good that Continental's here at least getting some sense of where we're at and what we need to do," agreed driver Scott Pruett. "The tire wear is significantly high but that's to be expected because of this green track it's something that we saw when we came here in 2009 and tested, the wear was quite high. At the moment we only have four cars going around the track and when we come back I've got to believe that we'll have 60 cars or more depending on the Continental and the Rolex so that's going to make a significant difference."


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