Our United Sportscar Gallery from Long Beach


Our photographer, Jim Fonseca was at Long Beach over the weekend and caught this great action from the Tudor United Sportscar Championship.


Pruett and Rojas, co-driving the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost/Riley, dominated the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase on Saturday at the Long Beach Street Circuit, for their second-straight victory in the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship season.


As the development continues on the Mazda, the Speedsource team are still struggling with this car not finishing enough laps to be classified.


Wolf Henzler: “We have to sit down now after this race and look at what we did and what we can do better. We still need to understand the car better and how it reacts to setup changes on the Falken tire. I think we will have something better for Laguna Seca.” – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/trio-porsche-911-rsr-fight-streets-long-beach-and-gt-competition-tudor-sprint-race#sthash.rsH3LC6S.dpuf


“We had a good fight today and did our best with the team strategy,” said Philippe Dumas, Team Principal. “We were able to add on more good points towards the championship. Both drivers did very well behind the wheel. We had an issue with the engine during the driver change because we couldn’t get the engine started. We will have to look into that because that’s the first time it has every happened. Also, it is very difficult for the Prototype cars to keep up with the DP cars, so we will have to speak with the series regarding that. Long Beach has been a great event and it was nice to see so many fans here supporting.” – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/oak-racing-finishes-fourth-long-beach#sthash.J6jiz76Z.dpuf


On the final lap of the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Ryan Dalziel was running fourth overall. As soon as Dalziel entered Turn 1, the No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) ran out of fuel, dashing the team’s hopes of a top-five finish. – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/heartbreaking-final-lap-esm-patr%C3%B3n-long-beach#sthash.9gs3H6d1.dpuf


“I’m super, super happy for the guys who’ve worked so hard getting the C7.R ready,” Magnussen said. “It was a tough start to the season. We had shown the car was fast, but we hadn’t quite put it together yet. At Long Beach, everything went absolutely perfect. Antonio did a fantastic first stint and got a big gap. The last hour was like a holiday for me. When I got in the car, it was just a matter of maintaining the gap and staying out of trouble.” – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/corvette-c7r-winner-3rd-race#sthash.QdKijsfv.dpuf


“Second was a good finish for us today,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “We got held up in the beginning by one of the prototypes, and that really was the difference. It was unfortunate that Andy just touched the wall when he came in and took the mirror off. By the time they replaced the door they had lost valuable time. I was disappointed for the 55 car, but they scored points and kept the championship lead.” – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/bmw-team-rll-finishes-2nd-and-6th-long-beach-bmw-remains-front-gtlm-driver-and-team-points#sthash.j5Y2FwHA.dpuf


Team Falken Tire finished 8th in class


Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen dominated the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, leading all but two laps to score the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory in the new race car.

Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin finished third in the team’s No. 4 entry to put both of the new Corvettes on the podium. Milner also ran the fastest GTLM lap of the race, maintaining Corvette Racing’s streak of turning the best Long Beach lap in its class that dates back to 2007.
– See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/corvette-c7r-winner-3rd-race#sthash.QdKijsfv.dpuf


Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “From the moment the Z4 left the pits to the moment I jumped out of it I felt really strong. Unfortunately, I had some bad luck. I got delayed by the prototypes and that cost us some seconds on the way into the pits. I lost the mirror and that cost us some more time. Unfortunately in a short race like this you can’t have that happen. There were no yellows and we just needed one to be back up there. It is just disappointing we are not where we wanted to be, but we are still leading the championship.” – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/bmw-team-rll-finishes-2nd-and-6th-long-beach-bmw-remains-front-gtlm-driver-and-team-points#sthash.j5Y2FwHA.dpuf


Pruett: “It’s business as usual – for all of us. Our job is to go as fast as you can, try to run up front and try to win races or short of that, make the podium. [The merger] has been a huge challenge because our cars, the Daytona Prototypes, are so much different than in years past. That being said … you couldn’t see a more exciting time for road racing. The future couldn’t be brighter.”

Full results can be found here


Photos by Jim Fonseca,  April 2014

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