Nick Heidfeld’s first look at the Long Beach street circuit apparently pleased his eye. He set the quickest lap in today’s two-hour practice for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the renowned southern California circuit.
Driving the No. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota coupe, Heidfeld posted a best lap of 1:14.708 (94.833 mph) during the lead-up to Saturday’s Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
By nature, sports car street races are unpredictable affairs with so many more variables than a regular road course. That has been especially true for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the historic Long Beach street circuit. As a result, multiple victories have been hard to come by in any ALMS class on the streets of southern California.
Work starts in earnest this week for the owner of CJ Wilson Racing as the Major League Baseball season gets underway after six weeks of pre-season training. For All-Star pitcher, CJ Wilson’s Austin based Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge team; Round 3 at Barber Motorsports Park offers the chance of a fresh start and a genuine swing at the title next fall.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo led the way in the first free practice session of the 2013 MotoGP™ season under floodlights at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory teammate Valentino Rossi.
Car Corrals are fun, owner-gatherings being organized by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda, September 7-9, 2012.
The $60 car corral experience includes a three-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, a souvenir program and exclusive premium parking with other vehicles of the same brand – BMW, Audi, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Corvette or Mazda.
Tight competition among a variety of American and international manufacturers has become a trademark of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ GT class, a fast-paced fact underscored by last Saturday’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.
When the two-hour, 45-minute battle was complete in the second race of the season, three different manufacturers were represented on the GT podium. Five manufacturers – Mazda, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Chevrolet – shared the top six positions. The Barber field overall featured seven manufacturers with eight different models.
Responding to burgeoning interest from a variety of manufacturers, GRAND-AM Road Racing today announced plans to add a third class to compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the 2013 season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The new class, to be called “GX,” will join the series’ headlining Daytona Prototype (DP) and the production-based Grand Touring (GT) classes. The models – and some manufacturers – will be unique to GX.
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series looks to continue making history in 2012. Coming off a milestone event – GRAND-AM’s first competition at storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the series is set to visit four of North America’s most historic road circuits to crown its 2012 champions.