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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It’s the dawn of a new era for the prestigious street circuit in Southern California as the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced Tuesday that Acura will become the new multi-year title sponsor for the Grand Prix of Long Beach this year, replacing Toyota, who ended their 44-year relationship last August. Acura has been heavily involved in the world of motorsports, including their return to North American sports car racing as Team Penske’s DPi and Meyer Shank Racing’s GTD run the Japanese luxury brand inRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saturday’s 100-minute BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach provided a departure from the endurance racing mindset of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s first two rounds – January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts – to a sprint racing approach. But there was no shortage of strategy, intrigue and drama on the famed Southern California street circuit. Here are five things we took away from the weekend. 1. Portugal,Read More
By IMSA Wire Service LONG BEACH, Calif. – The streets of Long Beach continue to be very, very good to Corvette Racing, and more specifically, the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R team of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner. On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon, the No. 4 team claimed its second consecutive victory on the legendary Southern California street circuit, taking the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory in the 100-minute BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. Milner took the lead from Earl BamberRead More
By IMSA Wire Service LONG BEACH, Calif. – Juan Pablo Montoya knows a thing or two about racing at Long Beach, as evidenced by his recent induction into the track’s Motorsports Walk of Fame. His latest accomplishment came Friday afternoon with the Acura Team Penske driver scoring his first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Pole Award and the first pole for Acura’s ARX-05 Protoyype in its first season. Montoya was one of four drivers to better the previous Long Beach track record with a lap of 1 minute, 12.922Read More
By IMSA Wire Service LONG BEACH, Calif. – Joey Hand saved his best for last in qualifying for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. The 100-minute race will be televised live on FOX network at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Saturday. Live IMSA Radio coverage also is available on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio. On his final lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, Hand threw down a new track record lap for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class around the 1.968-mile, 11-turnRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With 106 victories since the program’s inception 20 years ago, there aren’t a lot of races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule where Corvette Racing hasn’t enjoyed considerable success. With six victories in 11 races, including a GT Le Mans (GTLM) win in last year’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the legendary Southern California street circuit has seen its share of Velocity Yellow in victory lane over the years. The two-car team will look to run itsRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 100-minute BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach reverts to a two-class race in 2018, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes. The same two classes also were featured at Long Beach in 2014 and 2015. The Prototype Challenge class participated in 2016, while the GT Daytona (GTD) class raced in Long Beach last year. The entry list for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach features 22 cars, withRead More