Racing Blip: ALMS at Long Beach

By | April 14, 2012

Level 5 Motorsport during a rainy practice on Friday @ Long Beach

Today marks the 2nd round of the American Le Mans Series at the temporary street circuit of Long Beach, California. This is our Monaco.

Qualifying was rain delayed, then canceled. You can watch the race live on ESPN2 (starting at 7:30 EST) and streamed live on ESPN3 (starting at 7:15 EST). You can find other ways to watch at alms.com.

You may be asking yourself, “With no qualifying, how is the starting order determined?” Good question. Starting order for this race is determined by the point standings coming out of Sebring. New teams get to start at the back of the pack in their class.

What to watch for:

* Carnage. Practice sessions were dogged by heavy rains. Only the GTC cars got some dry time on the track during their qualifying run. No one has really been on the track in the dry.

* More Carnage. This is a street track – a temporary “race track” in the heart of the city. As such, there is no “grassy run off”, no “kitty litter” to slow you down. Mix in multiple classes of cars. Little, to no, practice time. New cars / teams / engineers with very little setup information. Adds up to the potential of watching $500,000+ ~ $2+ million dollar race cars “go squish” against the cold, hard, carbon fiber and composite crushing, cement walls of Long Beach.

* The battle in GT. We have new blood and some old blood looking to make a statement. Lotus makes its GT debut with it’s Evora. Aston Martin makes a welcome come back to the series with it’s beautiful #007 Vantage. Flying Lizard Porsche will be out trying to prove they still have what it takes to lead the class. Falken Porsche has proven they have that little “something extra” to win on street circuits with last years win in Baltimore. BMW, Chevy, and Ferrari round out the mix of cars in GT, all vying for the podium.

* In GTC, look for Valiante to battle his way to the top of his class. During the brief qualifying for GTC, Valiante put down some impressive times, with a fantastic battle against Leh Keen for pole.

And astute watchers might be wondering why there is a black stripe on all the Porsches? A tribute to Ferdinand Porsche who died last week.

[photo credit: ALMS.com]


6 Comments

Cobras have more Waite on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm.

No qualifying track time, newcomers to the race and no safety zones? Feels oddly familiar to me racing around New York City in Forza 4… That never ended well.

Chance Hales on April 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm.

New York City is not in Forza 4.  :P

Rob Johnson on April 15, 2012 at 12:44 am.

This race was epic today. It was awe inspiring hearing and feeling them race by 15 feet away!

Chance Hales on April 15, 2012 at 10:24 am.

I’m totally jealous! I wish they would come back to Utah

rossl on April 16, 2012 at 11:13 am.

It was an exciting race. Good to see Muscle Milk get some redemption after Sebring. In GT the Vette held in there better than I thought with a lack of a hood and aerodynamics. And it’s nice to see a Ferrari make podium. 

mike on April 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm.

I agree it’s nice to see F458 make a podium…it’s about time :)

Curious to see how ESM / Ferrari will do at Laguna.

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