Racing Blip: 2015 Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase At Long Beach

By | April 17, 2015

 

No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing @ Long Beach

No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing @ Long Beach

IMSA/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship makes it’s annual trip out West for a two race swing. This stop also happens to be the third stop of the 2015 season. Where? The mighty fine streets of Long Beach, California in support of the 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And I have to mention that I love watching this type of street racing. No long runoffs..no kitty litter..just hard cement and asphalt!

Compared to the season opener at Dayton, a full 24 hours. And the second race of the season, the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring. This race could be considered a “walk in the park” at only 100 mins long.

With qualifying out of the way, what should you be looking for?

In P (prototype) class. Take Mazda’s continued development of their P2 classed SkyActive cars. Add in some growing pains for the new P2 classed Ligiers. Well, you get Daytona Prototype domination. This evening had some pretty good “back-n-forth” with Scott Pruett and Ricky Taylor in lap times. Eventually Ricky Taylor came out with a new track record of 1:14.790 to steal the pole away from Scott. Imagine tomorrow’s race will be a good showing for the DPs, if they can keep things clean and off the walls. And for those keeping score, this will make for the DeltaWing’s first appearance at Long Beach.

In GTLM, the BMWs of Bill Auberlen and John Edwards take spots 1 and 2, respectively. Followed by Risi Competizione to round out the top 3, despite a “kissing the wall” incident in the previous practice session. A little tidbit of information for you, Bill Auberlen makes this the 14th different consecutive driver sitting on pole. This is going back to the very start of the this series. That’s just how competitive GTLM is.

The other classes? Well, they weren’t invited for this race.

Race starts tomorrow (4/18) at 7:05 p.m. ET

How to watch..well head on over to IMSA’s site and let them explain it to you. Thankfully, their streaming service is getting better over last year.

Or you can wait for the race to show up on their YouTube channel. Typically early next week.

And the ever handy, spotters guide.

[photo | IMSA]


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