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Time For A Street Fight In Long Beach 34 Entries For ALMS' Annual Trip To Southern California
Posted by: newsla on Mar 26, 2013 - 06:23 AM
American Le Mans Series News
Time For A Street Fight In Long Beach 34 Entries For ALMS' Annual Trip To Southern California


Exotic and high performance sports cars are nothing new to the streets of southern California. But 34 of them racing at high speeds for two hours is a once-a-year occasion. That’s what happens this time each season as the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón heads to the west coast for the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.

 

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The second round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón championship is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20. The race will air on ABC starting at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21. Live internet-based coverage returns to ESPN3 starting at 7:15 p.m. ET.

A mix of the world’s sleekest prototypes and eye-catching GT cars are on the entry for the ALMS’ seventh consecutive visit to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Grand Prix there has been a staple in American motorsports since 1975, and crowds line the streets of Long Beach annually for a festival of street racing.

This year, the ALMS brings nine auto and four tire manufacturers that make up its five classes of sports cars. As usual for an American Le Mans Series event, there are plenty of battles to watch throughout the weekend.

Prototypes
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing (P1) and Level 5 Motorsports (P2) look to repeat in their respective classes.

Muscle Milk’s Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr are the first repeat overall winners at Long Beach since the ALMS’ first race there in 2007. A pair of Lolas from Dyson Racing (Mazda power) and Rebellion Racing (Toyota power) provide the main opposition.

Level 5 rides a two-race Long Beach win streak in P2 and enters having won in class at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. There is a new challenge this year, however, with Extreme Speed Motorsports’ two-car lineup joining the class. Both teams have Honda Performance Development entries.

GT
A class victory last year at Long Beach for Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner started Corvette Racing’s pair on the road to the ALMS GT championship. Both are together again – they were winners in the season-opening round at Sebring – and face the world’s toughest field of production-based teams and drivers.

BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and SRT each have multiple entries in GT. BMW Team RLL features two first-year Z4 GTEs, Team West/Alex Job Racing and 2007 race-winner Risi Competizione each have a Ferrari F458 Italia, Team Falken Tire and Paul Miller Racing make up the Porsche contingent, and the SRT Viper GTS-R makes its debut in the hands of SRT Motorsports.

Challenge classes
This year’s race marks the debut of Continental Tire at Long Beach. The manufacturer became the official tire supplier of the ALMS’ Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire at Sebring, and early reviews from PC competitors were overwhelmingly positive.

Sebring class-winner PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports leads the Prototype Challenge contingent that features identical ORECA FLM09 prototypes. CORE autosport, last year’s PC winner at Long Beach, is back to defend.

Ten Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries make up the GT Challenge class. Headlining the class are Alex Job Racing’s No. 22 Porsche – winner at Sebring – along with two entries for past ALMS GT winner Flying Lizard Motorsports and a pair from Dempsey Del Piero Racing. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey is a co-owner and driver, and one of the cars qualified on the class pole at Sebring.

The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 10-race ALMS championship. ABC’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21, and live coverage is available on ESPN3 starting at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20.

Viewers outside the U.S. can always watch races live on ALMS.com. The Series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, timing and scoring, and car-to-pit radio for all users around the world.

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