Long Beach, CA is home to the scenic 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit. It is particularly noted for its last section, which sees a hair-pin followed by a long, slightly curved front straightaway which runs the length of Shoreline Drive. The circuit is situated on the Long Beach waterfront, and is lined with palm trees (especially along the front straightaway), making for a scenic track.
In the ALMS PC-class, Katech-powered Core Autosport machines continued their winning streak with a decisive win on the streets of Long Beach. Katech’s Rich Priester stated, “Qualifying was cancelled because of the rain, the cars were lined up based on their team points. The teams did not get a lot of track time, it all came down to the best chassis set-up.”
The #06 Core ORECA FLM09 of Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel finished first in the PC-class and third overall. Their sister car; the #05, driven by team founder Jon Bennett and Colin Braun finished third and fifth overall. It was also the second year in a row that the team took the pole and the race at Long Beach. Colin Braun stated, “I knew I was going to have to fight from the beginning, even though I was starting on the pole, so I was confident and aggressive. In the first turn of the first lap I got caught between two LMP2 cars and they made me a sandwich – one hit me on one side and the other hit me on the other side, but I was able to pass both.”
The Muscle Milk #5, Katech-powered Oreca FLM-09 piloted by Mike Guasch and Memo Gidley also had a great race. They moved up from fourth in class on the grid to finish second in class and fourth overall. “It was just a lot of emotions and for it to come together in the race and finish on the podium is fantastic. Mike did an unbelievable stint and got the car into the lead. Unfortunately we lost a little bit of time in the pits but we went back out and just ran a smart race and finished second. It’s awesome to get back on the podium again. I’ve had a lot of success in the past at Long Beach and saw a lot of friends and fans. It’s been a great weekend.”
Katech powered Cadillac CTS-V.R’s dominate the streets of Long Beach! The two Pratt & Miller prepared Silver Bullets finished 1st and 3rd after starting 2nd and 3rd behind the All Wheel Drive K-Pax Volvo of Randy Pobst. Andy Pilgrim in the #8 CTSV.R had an awesome launch against the AWD Volvo and was able to tuck in and stay behind Pobst for the first part of the race. As the race progressed, the tires on the 2WD Cadillac seam to hold up better and allowed Andy make his pass for the lead.
Pobst placed 2nd and was sandwiched between the two Cadillacs as Johnny O’Connell, grabbed the final spot on the GT podium with a third-place finish in his # 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R. Johnny O’Connell, who started third, leaves Long Beach atop the GT point standings by 13 points, 374-361, over Pilgrim thanks to three straight podium results – including a season-opening victory in St. Pete.