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Ganassi Racing Gets Historic Long Beach Win
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 13, 2014 - 09:06 AM
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Ganassi Racing Gets Historic Long Beach Win

By Brian Bielanski, NASCAR Wire Service

Chip Ganassi Racing’s win at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Tequila Patrón Sports Car Racing Showcase at Long Beach made history.

The win marks the 160th time Chip Ganassi Racing has gone to victory lane in the team’s illustrious history. The No. 01 Prototype class entry has entered two races at Long Beach and has won both of them (2006 and 2014).


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Ganassi driver Scott Pruett has won in three different decades at Long Beach (1987, 2006, and 2014). The win is Pruett’s 58th victory in major sports car competition.


Redondo Beach, Calif. native Bill Auberlen’s teammate Andy Priaulx was in the hunt for the GT Le Mans class victory as he came into the pits to hand the car over to Auberlen for the final stint. As Priaulx came on pit road, he brushed the wall and knocked off the right-side mirror.

BMW Team RLL reacted quickly to change the right side door on the car and get Auberlen back in the hunt. The door change took less than 30 seconds, but that was enough to end the team’s chance for a podium finish.


Veteran DP racer Darren Law has found a new home at the track but not on the track. Law dialed back his driving duties in 2013. He is still at the track on many race weekends, working pit lane for FOX Sports 1.

Law started an unbelievable 161 consecutive races in the Rolex Sports Car Series, across several series.

The 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner has a "tell it like he sees it" style. He knows everyone in the paddock and those relationships help as he patrols pit line during the race.

"I’ve been racing with these guys for the last decade-and-a-half so it’s me talking with my friends," said Law. "I think it’s good for TV because I know the racing, I know the series, I know the people, and I’m current with the program. So I think it’s relevant. It’s just a lot of fun for me."

Law hasn’t completely hung up his helmet.

He drove for Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing in this year’s Rolex 24 and he works for the Bob Bondurant Driving School of High Performance Driving


The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. for its next event on May 3-4.

The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda will feature the four TUDOR Championship classes split into two races; and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The TUDOR Championship races will air live on FOX Sports 1 on May 4 (PC/GTD at 1 p.m. ET, P/GTLM at 5:30 p.m. ET)

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