By Mike Gillilan | April 11, 2014
Well, it’s the third stop of the season for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. This stop isn’t quite the endurance race of Daytona and Sebring. Nope this is a “sprint race” by TUSC standards. A whopping 100 minutes of Prototype and GTLM class machine pounding the streets of Long Beach, California in the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase At Long Beach.
Well, despite improvements in the streaming the event over at FansChoice.tv. IMSA/NASCAR doesn’t seem to want to stream a “directors cut” of the event. And it doesn’t appear that they have it on broadcast either??
What I can tell you is that the Ford EcoBoost powered DP cars of Chip Ganassi Racing and Michael Shank Racing took the top two spots for the Prototype category. The DP Corvette of Action Express Racing took 3rd. So what about the BoP (balance of performance) for the P2 cars? Don’t think it really helped. OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan came in fourth.
On the GTLM front, it was #3 Corvette, #55 BMW, #56 BMW. All within 0.307 seconds of each other! In fact, the #3 Corvette Racing set a new qualifying track record for Long Beach!
Despite the growing pains of the newly merged series, the GTLM class is still some damn fine and exciting racing!
What to watch for? This being Long Beach, lots of traffic, congestion, and more then a few wrecks on this high speed street circuit. In fact, think of this as the USofA’s version of Monaco. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the PTC and GTD cars are not making this stop.
How to watch?
[photo | IMSA]